Peggy  Venable

Has Texas become the nation’s example of that shining city on the hill that Ronald Reagan often referred to?

And will the Texas legislature spend these 140 days protecting economic freedom or will policy and politics get marred in efforts to make government all things to all people?

The Texas culture is one of independence and we aren’t shy about bragging. After all, it isn’t bragging if it is true.

Ronald Reagan embraced the concept of American Exceptionalism, as does Governor Perry. It is a recognition and appreciation of the unique system of government we enjoy. We do not work for government, but government works for us.

In his State of the State speech last week, Perry referred to Texas as not merely strong, but exceptional.

Gov. Perry is right. Texas is a testament to the power of freedom, to the entrepreneurial spirit unleashed from government interference. Texas embraces a "can do culture" for every citizen willing to work hard and pursue a dream.

That dream is the American Dream which Ronald Reagan so often referred. Gov. Perry laced that theme into his speech last week and it is in many of the policies that Texas leaders have embraced.

Economic freedom is the best antidote to poverty. That’s very Reaganesque. That’s also very much the Texas spirit.

Peggy Venable

Peggy Venable is Texas Director for Americans for Prosperity, the premier grassroots organization in the country. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has over 2 million activists committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process