Is Texas the Future of America? These Not So United States (TX Finale)
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The Purple Principle brings its seven-part series on politics and identity in the already huge, yet fast-growing Lone Star State to conclusion with a guided tour of key insights from our notable “Texperts” in all six episodes.
Is our nation’s red vs blue infighting eroding what was once a more distinctive, cohesive Texas identity? Jason Whitely, senior news reporter at WFAA Dallas and co-host of the podcast Y’all-itics, feels that is the case. Dan Goodgame, Editor in Chief of Texas Monthly, disagrees.
No discussion of Texas identity is complete without consideration of the large Hispanic community. Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros highlights the appeal of the powerful Texas GOP with regard to young Hispanic business owners. And Dr. Sharon Navarro of UT San Antonio observes that the GOP has created more pathways for Latina candidates in South Texas than the Democratic Party.
Our finale concludes with observations from two best-selling and prize-winning authors who happen to be friends and neighbors in Austin. Novelist and historian Stephen Harrigan feels the GOP circulated slogan, “Don’t California My Texas,” is part of a “rear guard action defending the Texas identity.” While New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright expects that “California will become more conservative and Texas will become more liberal.”
Is Texas the future of America? Tune in to consider that provocative question and the insights of a dozen informed “Texperts” from throughout the nation-sized Lone Star State.
Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney
Linda Curtis: League of Independent Voters of Texas
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