Texas Is No Longer a State I’m Proud to Call Home

I’m sick of women, children, minorities and LGBTQ+ being sacrificed by right-wing politics.

Patricia Davis
8 min readAug 29, 2022


Photo by Heather Mount on Unsplash

I have lived in Texas nearly my entire life. I was born here. My father entered military service here when I was 8-years-old. After I graduated from college at 21, I came home. I taught in Texas public schools for 23 years.

I love the city life, the wide open country, the friendly communities, and diverse cultural experiences.


The political climate does not reflect our fine state’s true nature. It makes us look like gun-toting, mask-scoffing, anti-vaxxers who care about no one except themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth about Texans. However, for some reason, the loudest voices come from the noisy few.

The nation witnessed and grieves for the massacre of 19 children and their teachers while law enforcement stood around and watched. It took a group of Federal border patrol officers defying orders to get the job handled.

And then politicians took over. Enter Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton. Let’s not forget Ted “Cancun” Cruz.

Four Musket-eers: Abbott, Patrick, Paxton, and Cruz

As grieving parents asked for answers, Governor Greg Abbott attempted to control the narrative by holding press conferences to release information about the shooting. The first thing that Abbott said inferred that security at the school was lax, implying that the school was responsible. Then he wanted to know if the dead perpetrator was here legally.

He offered hopes and prayers for the victims and their grieving families. He refused to discuss gun control because he didn’t want to politicize their loss. But let’s be clear, the policies he pushed into place since he took office contributed significantly to this shooting and 7 others like it over the last 13 years.

He has presided over 7 mass murders in Texas since he took office in 2014.

What policies you ask?



Patricia Davis

Pat blogs about food, sustainability, and living simply. Sourdough is a particular passion. She also writes historical fiction with social justice themes.