Quote from TheCommuter
This doesn't surprise me.
I was born and raised on the Left Coast, and moved to Texas about four years ago. There's plenty of fierce conservatism, intolerance, and anti-intellectualism here. New ideas are discouraged, outsiders are shunned, and critical thinking is thwarted here.
First off, you folks are taking Perry's comments just a little too seriously. Texas is not actively attempting to secede and his comments were meant for attention getting purposes only and obviously it worked.
Commuter- I'm in no way saying that your comments about Texas are not valid in some, ok most towns in the state. Agreed. My beef was with your "born and raised on the left coast" comment.
The "Left coast" IMHO, gets way too much credit for being some liberal oasis mecca or what have you.
You want to talk about intolerance and outsiders being shunned?
Try being a visitor to SD and seeing bumper stickers on people's cars saying "Welcome to San Diego, now go home". I live in a tourist coastal town and would be ashamed if the locals put such offensive bumper stickers on their vehicles.
And the biggest laugh is how most Californians are not even originally from there themselves, yet act like they are so bothered by people wanting to move there. I guess it was OK when they themselves wanted to move there, but now I guess it's too crowded for others to follow suit.
More importantly, why is it that states like Iowa had to approve gay marriage before CA when it supposedly is such a liberal and tolerant state?
I'd like to see the "left coast" states take more action about real issues about basic civil rights rather than going on and on about recycling and not smoking in bars.
Just my Texas 2 cents.