- - Monday, August 17, 2015

My name is Amy, and I am a Texan.

There are currently 27 million of us claiming that title, so perhaps I should be a little more specific about my Texan credentials. I was born and baptized here. I was raised and educated here. I could dance the “cotton-eyed joe” before I went to kindergarten. I own the requisite amount of boots, guns, and football paraphernalia. I love BBQ sauce, Shiner Bock, Dr Pepper and, yes, Blue Bell ice cream. I actually use the word “y’all” in text messages. I’m the wife of a Texan husband and the mother of two Texan daughters. Texas isn’t just where we live. Texas is our homeland, and it’s definitely our state of mind.

Proud? Of course, I’m proud. But not without good reason.

Look, I’m not saying that my state is better than anyone else’s. It’s just different. And it’s precisely that difference that makes it worth fighting for. Deep down, I think it’s this fighting spirit that sets us apart. Sam Houston famously said “Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” And I believe that to be as true today as it was then.

In 1835, a group of colonists stood up against a dictatorial government that had stripped them of their rights enumerated in the 1824 Mexican Constitution. Though not unified in their vision to become an independent country, they wouldn’t settle for tyranny and the trampling of their rights.

Throughout all of history, the struggle for freedom has remained real and constant, precisely because the concept of “freedom” is almost something too precious to be grasped. So ephemeral, such a delicate balance — and, unfortunately, so contrary to human nature to remain vigilant in its defense.
People yearn to be free and will fight and die for it. But after a few generations, they forget the past and become complacent.

Complacency is the death-knell of liberty. And that is why I write.

Texas’ first state constitution reminded the citizens that “All political power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their benefit.”

America’s Declaration of Independence states that to secure the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Our benefit. Our consent. “We” are the people, after all.

So what must “We the People” do? We must be people of courage, worthy of our calling.

We must be willing to stand up for the truth. To speak out against threats to our liberty.

To be the salt. Be the light. Be the difference in our communities — from sea to shining sea.

To me, my state is the brightest beacon in this shining city on a hill that is America. We are the bulwark that stands between the flood of liberalism and government over-reach threatening this nation. My state leads the way in making a difference.

So I’ve dug in my heels. This is my home. This is my fight. These are my people. This is my column. 
I hope you will join me.

For Liberty. For Texas. For America.

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