TEXAS: Where Everything Is More So

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Texans are 49% in earnest when they talk about their state as an independent country, allied with the U.S. And it is true that Texas is different from its sister states; but the difference is one of degree. Texas is the U.S.—only more so.

This week Texas is in the throes of a rebellion against the national Democratic Party. Leader of the rebellion is Texas Governor Allan Shivers, a man who alternates between boldness and caution, who often talks in sweeping absolutes and temperamentally prefers compromise. At present, Shivers seems to...

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