God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State
By Lawrence Wright
Any Texan will tell you that Texas is the most important state in America. That there isn’t necessarily a lot of evidence to support this belief is at best irrelevant and at worst heretical to those who would proclaim it. Texas is funny like that. It elicits opinions as outsized as the state itself.
It’s a thing worth remembering as we approach the midterm elections. Somewhere along the way, these local pageants became matters of national interest. It may seem strange that this is the case, that someone in Michigan would celebrate the victory of someone in Florida who will almost certainly never represent them. Except it isn’t strange. Civically engaged Americans should care about the constitution of their national legislature – even (especially) in a federal system in which states have their own cultures and mores and employ different mechanisms for electing their citizens to higher office