Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ohio – Bowling For Soup


She said she needed a break
A little time to think
But then she went to Cleveland
With some guy named Leland
That she met at the bank.
There’s nothing wrong with Ohio
Except the snow and the rain.
I really like Drew Carey
And I'd love to see
The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

So when you’re done
Doing whatever
And when you're through
Doing whoever
You know Denton county
Will be right here waiting for you.

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
Before you lose your accent
And forget all about
The Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I've got every slow dance saved
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway.

I think I made a mistake
It's not that easy to take
She went to make a deposit
Then she cleaned out her closet
Guess I'll sit here and wait
For her to come back home
(I wish she'd come back home)
It shouldn’t take very long
(So long, so long)
I bet she misses the sunrise
and Mrs. Baird's fruit pies
(but I could be wrong)

So when you’re done
Doing whatever
And when you're through
Doing whoever
You know Denton county
Will be right here waiting for you.

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
I bet you missed your exit
And drove right on through the Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I've got every slow dance saved
Besides the Mexican food sucks north of here anyway

Troy Aikmen wants you back
Willie Nelson wants you back
NASA wants you back
And the Bush twins want you back
Pantera wants you back
And Bluebell wants you back

I got a premonition
I'm taking a petition
And the whole state's gonna sign

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
Before you lose your accent
And forget all about
The Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I’ve got every slow dance saved

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
Before you lose your accent
And forget all about
The Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I've got every slow dance saved
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway.
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway, yeah.

I’ve wanted to do a posting on this song for a really long time now, and I feel it appropriate now to do so due to the overwhelming attention that Texas has received during this presidential campaign. (Ohio too, but as this song suggests, Texas is better! Haha!)

Before I get to the great significance of Texas in this year’s presidential primary and general election, I’d like to talk a bit about Texas, my home. I was born a Texan, I grew up in Texas, and despite its numerous issues, I dearly love Texas. I would never move anywhere else. This is where I was born; this is where I’ll die.

Because of the large size of Texas and its unique history, the regional affiliation of Texas is often debated. Historically and culturally, it has very close ties to the South; however, due to Texas's history as a Spanish colony, its border with Mexico, and its large Latino population, Texas can also be considered a Southwestern state. All the same, while most residents recognize these categories, many claim an independent identity superseding regional labels. Texas is like its own country onto itself.

Anyway, now back to the elections and Texas… During almost every presidential primary (the election to nominate a candidate for a particular party), Texas is so far down the list on the election calendar that we don’t get to make a decisive impact on the primary elections. By the time we vote, the candidates are already chosen… but not this year. This year, everything is different.

So I just got home from my precinct’s Democratic Party Caucus Convention to caucus for Barack Obama. Just to give you a little history on state precinct caucuses in Texas… Typically a precinct caucus only consists on average of about 5-15 voters. Most people don’t participate in them because it can be time consuming. Our Democratic Party Caucus for my precinct had 600-800 voters tonight!!! This is completely unheard of and utterly unprecedented!!! The Republican Party Caucus only had about 10 people. Haha!!!

Tonight's Unprecedentedly Large Caucus at Precinct 350



(I wish I could have taken more pics, but there were just too many people bumping into me and every time my camera phone slightly moved, the pictures taken would be blurred.)

What I saw tonight at the caucus (and at the early voting polls in the primary) was the systematic destruction of the corrupt Republican rule in Texas. I think the Republicans have a great deal to be concerned about during the general election this November. Texas has been a stronghold for Republicans for quite awhile, but it may actually vote Democrat in this up-coming presidential election for the first time in several decades, crushing any hope that Republicans have at winning the White House.

This election is clearly a referendum on President George W. Bush. People are absolutely disgusted at the state of the Union and rightfully hold him responsible for it. He may have single handedly set back the Republican Party for the next several decades. Not only is the Republican Party poised to lose the White House, but I anticipate they will suffer massive losses nation-wide in other elections.

Seeing how Texas will truly be a competitive state in the upcoming general election, candidates will actually have to campaign here for a change. So my message to Barack Obama, who will most likely be the Democratic Party nominee… “Come Back To Texas!”

1 comment:

J-D said...

Haha, I remember that song! :P I was anticipating a post about this! (Well, not about the song, but rather the caucus.)

Good stuff. :)