The most fundamental ethos in the state of Texas is, ‘Give me a h0rse and a gun and an open plain, and I can conquer the world.’
—U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz,
at a Tea Party rally in East Texas on July 9, 2009.
The most fundamental myth, he means.
Texas needed to be given railroads, military installations, interstates and other, largely federally funded, industries to be anywhere near its “successes” today.
Texas has always depended on the federal government Cruz wants to head and hinder.
Oil and gas came later.