I can't believe a topic like yours, Les, has gone so long without a response. Especially since you are from a different country. These forums have gotten pathetic over the years....there must not be any Americans or Texans on here anymore.
Yes, they are a breed apart. We in Minnesota are taught at an early age to look down on them. However, as I've gotten older I started to realize how great they are. Strong, independent, red-blooded, traditional Americans, ignorant as hell, but I would share a foxhole with anyone of them. Besides having low IQs they just have one other problem....their worship of the Dallas Cowboys....a second-rate, minor league football team.
Tom: ...ignorant as hell...
Tom, Tom, Tom. Are you feeling like Maytag tonight - agitating? I was born and raised in Louisiana - and I'm a cajun. But I have spent many, many years of my life in Texas, married and raised my children there, and most recently spent a year and a half working in West Texas among the ranching community. A breed apart - you bet. Strong, independent, brave, and true lovers of freedom - you got all of that right. Ignorant (Dallas Cowboy lovers notwithstanding ) nothing like that. They collectively did not acquire those traits being ignorant.
Peter: ... 357 Magnum in the other ...
Yeah. Texans love their fire power, and I love mine. Love to shoot for sport. In the immortal words of the defenders of the Alamo and San Jacinto "...come and get it." But look - the spaces are huge - there is room to shoot off of your back porch.
I have to say - some of the true pioneer families that I have had the privilege to meet just blew me away. And, actually, Dallas is something else altogether, but when I see the cosmoplitan cultures that have grown up out of Austin and San Antonio - and I can remember when they each had populations of about 100,000 each - naaaah. Not ignorant people by any means. Still the most space for one's dollar value and the cheapest cost of living of the majority of the 50 states.
I lived there in the 1980s. Loved the people, hated the climate.
I wouldn't say "more traditional values". Instead, I would say "clear, direct, thinking". Texas will talk endlessly about their high school football team, but anything more serious is put to rest in three sentences and a quick decision.
Texas is truly a different world. A friend and his wife lived in the country south of Dallas, and he told me if I hear a gunshot it's just a neighbor shooting an armadillo in their vegetable garden or a rattlesnake between them and their car. When my friend drove his truck to work, he walked out the door with his coffee mug in one hand and a .357 Magnum in the other for the rattlers. Another Texan I know once shot a repo man on his property, and only had to fill out a police report. A real Texan doesn't dial 911 in an emergency. It's a far different place than the People's Republic of Maryland where unfortunately I call home.