How Texas Runs America

New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses why the Lone Star State has such an influence on the rest of the country.


How would you advise Texas in terms of understanding that distinction between being part of a national picture and upholding states' rights?

Well, Texas would probably not want much advice. But I would say to everyone in the country, not just Texas, that we need to have a more serious discussion about how what we do within our states impacts the country as a whole, and how we work together for our great national goals, rather than obsessing so much about how we want to be left alone.

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