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Texas - We Need a Motto

Jay's been bragging on New Hampshire recently, and that's fine.  Lord knows it's hard to live in Yankeeland and still feel right with God's creation, so if a couple faux scientists in D.C. publish a study that makes him happy, well that's a good thing.  Anyone who lives in Texas is comfortable enough to let those other states have little moments, while we get to live in Heaven's living room. 


But I do have to admit that New Hampshire (which is clearly an improvement on the Old one) beats out Texas in one area - "Live Free or Die" is an awesome motto.  We Texans really lack on that score ("friends" is a has-been sitcom, not a state motto), so we need to come up with one.  Just off the top of my head and recalling some good ideas I have heard before, I would start the thinking with a few quotes:


"Texas is a nation in every sense of the word" - John Steinbeck


"Texas is still a last frontier. It is the part of the United States where the 
traditional virtues are still operating
." - John C. B. Richmond 


"God made Texas on his day off, for pure entertainment, just to prove that all that diversity could be crammed into one section of earth by a really top hand" - Mary Lasswell


"I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You're either on one side of the
line or the other. I don't want to ever leave Texas again
" -
Bum Phillips


"I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world" - Tommy Tune


"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may." - Sam Houston


"Give me an army of West Point graduates and I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies, and I'll win the war." General George S. Patton


"Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking."" - George W. Bush


So, with those thoughts in mind, I'd like to start the discussion with a few suggestions, some you may have heard before and some you might not:


"Hot Weather, Cold Beer, Hot Women"


"God's Vacation Home"


"God, Guns, and Guts"


"Friendly as Fire Ants"


"Don't Mess With Texas"  (that's actually the official state slogan now, but I wouldn't mind putting it on the license plates)


"Bigger and Better"


"What New York Wishes It Could Be"




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"Texas - We'll kick your as... (Below threshold)

"Texas - We'll kick your ass, just as soon as Oklahoma is done kicking our."

"Baja Oklahoma"

"It doesn't take four days to drive across the Panhandle, it just seems like it."

"What New York ignores."</p... (Below threshold)

"What New York ignores."

Pearl and Lone Star: now at... (Below threshold)

Pearl and Lone Star: now at popular prices!

“You may all go to hell, an... (Below threshold)

“You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas"
-Davy Crockett

Chico, you need to visit a ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Chico, you need to visit a little place in Texas named Shiner.

I thought Texas already had... (Below threshold)

I thought Texas already had "Things are Bigger in Texas"?

Anyway, I have visted 34 states and lived in 9 states in my time.

My current home state of Florida beats out either Texas (visited) or New Hampshire (lived there).

I like "The Sunshine State".

Oh, and we don't have a State income tax here either. And the combination of Sales Tax and Property Tax here is less then the Property taxes alone in New Hampshire.

"Too Big Too Fail!!"... (Below threshold)

"Too Big Too Fail!!"

DJD,You forgot "Do... (Below threshold)


You forgot "Don't Mess With Texas"

"The United States of Texas... (Below threshold)

"The United States of Texas". That is one of my favorites.

Florida's motto is: White belt and shoes only!

Oklahoma: "All weather disasters are welcome"

New York: "The Big Crapple".

California: "A bowl of granola" ww

As a FL native currently in... (Below threshold)

As a FL native currently in exile in N AL I'm perfectly happy where I am.

Ya'll can brag all you want about your states but they both have flaws I can do without.

Texas: Where Socialist fea... (Below threshold)

Texas: Where Socialist fear to tread!

My favorite, from an old bu... (Below threshold)

My favorite, from an old bumpersticker: "Chili, Willie, and Gilley - No Place But Texas"

Jim X,"What New Yo... (Below threshold)

Jim X,

"What New York ignores."

Thanks. You ignore us and we'll keep taking your representation in congress.

Last census result: New York -2 / Texas +4

Where good New Hampsters go... (Below threshold)

Where good New Hampsters go when they die

Yeah, and FL picked up some... (Below threshold)

Yeah, and FL picked up some of those electoral college gains this time around too. Texas, I think FL got the ones form New York, yours came from elsewhere. Cause we certainly have a lot of New York Ex-pats - they come here to retire.

Wasn't there something abou... (Below threshold)

Wasn't there something about queers and steers...?


[ diff state, Jay


"Where you from, boy?
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, sir.

Only two things come out of Oklahoma.

Steers and queers."

Not Texas, just to be clear - DJ]

Texas: Not arrogant, just t... (Below threshold)

Texas: Not arrogant, just that good.

I don't know about Texas bu... (Below threshold)

I don't know about Texas but I've always liked the unofficial motto for Key West:

Never put off until tomorow what you can do the day after.

"What New York Wishes It... (Below threshold)

"What New York Wishes It Could Be"

Have you been to New York? They'd rather be caught dead...

(no, I'm not saying I agree with them...uh, us...cripes, I'm a transplant, leave me out of it!)

Texas, almost Heaven, excep... (Below threshold)

Texas, almost Heaven, except the temperature is closer to Hell's.

Oklahoma's real motto:... (Below threshold)

Oklahoma's real motto:

"F5? Schmeff 5!"

Thanks. You ignore... (Below threshold)
Thanks. You ignore us and we'll keep taking your representation in congress.

Pretty sure NY is still represented by NY, thankyewverymuch.

Empire State ftw.

"Empire State" - jimx.... (Below threshold) "Is this Hell? Or is this T... (Below threshold)

"Is this Hell? Or is this Texas?"

-- Robert A. Heinlein, in Job: A Comedy of Justice

Don't worry, in the novel Hell turns out to be nicer and friendlier than Heaven.

"Texas: You actually can g... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

"Texas: You actually can get a job here"

"Texas: Because paying high taxes for bad weather and ugly women is just plain stupid"

"Texas: The antidote to liberal idiocy"

"Texas: Our kids are literate, well behaved and have bright job prospects; how are yours doing?"

If New York was so great, h... (Below threshold)

If New York was so great, how come there are so many f***ing New York license plates on the streets in Houston? Oh, I know!! Jobs, actual income, low taxes, and I don't have to live in a rabbit warren apartment of 700 sq. ft. for something like three grand a month with a state income tax.

And we drive TRUCKS, none of that namby-pamby hybridy crap they call "autos" elsewhere.

And Chico.....Shiner Bock. Look it up.

jim x-"Pretty sure... (Below threshold)

jim x-

"Pretty sure NY is still represented by NY, thankyewverymuch."

Another failed product of the NY school systern.

My suggestion is this:... (Below threshold)

My suggestion is this:

"Texas - We Need a Motto"


I know you're looking for a... (Below threshold)

I know you're looking for a motto that is complimentary to Texas, but I can't resist giving you one of my favorite quotes:
"If I owned Texas and Hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell." General Phillip H. Sheridan

Hey, New York City is a har... (Below threshold)

Hey, New York City is a hard place to live, no question. But the idea that New York wishes it was Texas is pretty ludicrous. New York City and New York State are quite happy being New York.

New York City and New Yo... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

New York City and New York State are quite happy being New York.

Ticks are happy being ticks. None aspires to being the dog.

Texas, Where The Beef Is<br... (Below threshold)

Texas, Where The Beef Is

But the idea that New Yo... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

But the idea that New York wishes it was Texas is pretty ludicrous.

Characteristically, you missed the point. No one was suggesting that NY wanted rodeos. But NY (city and state) would like to have a healthy, growing economy - which Texas has, and they don't.

Can't imagine why.

Jim x,of course New York (c... (Below threshold)

Jim x,of course New York (city and state) doesn't aspire to be Texas. You don't know what you haven't experienced.

Isn't Texas a part of Oklah... (Below threshold)

Isn't Texas a part of Oklahoma?


[ you have it backward. OK's sort of where Texas puts its trash out. - DJ]

Jake @ June 14, 2011 3:21 P... (Below threshold)

Jake @ June 14, 2011 3:21 PM got it: "Don't Mess With Texas" IS our state motto, by popular acclamation (not to mention by Trademark owned by TxDOT). For 25 years, the world has admired this forthright declaration posted at our borders.

People I've met from Wisconsin to Korea have immediately quoted "Don't Mess With Texas" to me upon learning where I lived. And invariably, they say it with respect, and admiration for our state.

We have one already and a f... (Below threshold)

We have one already and a flag to go with it.


libtards won't understand

"New York City and New York... (Below threshold)

"New York City and New York State are quite happy being New York."

Good for them, it and you. The thread was about a motto for Texas. Now please proceed with this in mind.

Texas--Bring your own water... (Below threshold)

Texas--Bring your own water!

Texas! Home of the Free Range Conservative! (We keep our liberals caged in Austin.)

Texas! Where all the spare R's that flee from Boston go!

Texas! Don't piss us off America, we have a Mint too!

Texas! Even Cleavland likes us!

Texas! Not, it's not Hell. This is just August.

Texas: Because mottoes are... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Texas: Because mottoes are for wimpy little states.

But NY (city and s... (Below threshold)
But NY (city and state) would like to have a healthy, growing economy - which Texas has, and they don't.


Sure. Except in reality world.

NY state deficit: $315 million

Texas state deficit: $27 billion

NY state unemployment rate: 7.9 %

Texas unemployment rate: 9.1 %

Anything other completely inaccurate theories?



The thread was abo... (Below threshold)
The thread was about a motto for Texas. Now please proceed with this in mind.

Oh, I am. I'm just pointing out this is not a good motto for Texas, just 'cause it's impossible:

"What New York Wishes It Could Be"

Unless NY wanted to be another $26 billion in debt and have 2% higher unemployment. Oh, and be way too hot, flat, and filled with country music.

OK, DJ, all jibes aside... ... (Below threshold)

OK, DJ, all jibes aside... I think TexBob's on to something. It just needs a bit of classying up:



Texas:Best of All-It... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

Best of All-It's jim x Free!!"

Never ask a man where he's ... (Below threshold)

Never ask a man where he's from, son. If he's from Texas, he'll tell you, and if he's not, don't embarrass the man by askin' him...

Texas - Larger than Life</p... (Below threshold)

Texas - Larger than Life

Texas - Where Dreams Become... (Below threshold)

Texas - Where Dreams Become Real

Texas - We Can Do That... (Below threshold)

Texas - We Can Do That


Getting it Done, Every Day

Oldie but goodie...<p... (Below threshold)

Oldie but goodie...

It's Like a Whole Other Country

Having lived in Texas over ... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Having lived in Texas over half my life and my entire adult working career, I can tell you the only slogan that Texas needs to put on its licence plates:


That says it all. Or, as I have often told my three sons (all born in Texas): "Never ask a man where he was born. If he was born in Texas he will tell you soon enough. If he wasn't, don't embarass him by asking."

Slogans:We're bigg... (Below threshold)


We're bigger.

Lone Star.

Isn't it about time you started thanking you're lucky stars you're in Texas?

Texas needs a motto.... Jim... (Below threshold)

Texas needs a motto.... Jim x and chico need a brain.

Solution: Pick one of the many great motto's above and jim x-chicobur can continue using Barry's backdoor as a think tank.

How about..."Ar... (Below threshold)
Art W:

How about...

"Art W - Too stupid to know he's a moron - Too drunk to care"

[ fixed now, you're welcome - DJ ]

You changed someone's comme... (Below threshold)
Art W:

You changed someone's comment? What an ass.

[you were the ass, but rather than just delete your rudeness, I edited it to match your character. Learn from it, if you can, or face more and worse. - DJ]






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