In Robert Draper’s well-done NYT Magazine piece on Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Perry goes on about how under his leadership, Texas is no longer hard — it’s gone all “urbany.”
“I think it was Sheridan that said, ‘If I owned hell and Texas, I would rent out Texas and live in hell.’ I mean, this was a really hard place. You look at the men that founded it — the Bowies and the Travises, even Sam Houston, in my opinion possibly the greatest leader this country’s ever developed. . . . I don’t think Texas becomes an urbany, really highly cultured place until like the last decade.”
First of all, if Perry is going to praise Sam Houston, I wish he would govern like him. Perry, who speaks seriously of secession, should learn that Houston opposed secession. He lost the governorship over it.
Anyway, back to urbany Texas. What could Perry possibly mean? Is he praising the arts? Is he praising the deterioration of rural life? Does he mean that Texas life is now just a bowl of cherries? Is he denying the great income disparity that condemns the poor and middle class to second-class status?
Maybe he’s talking about the maturation of gated communities, something like, “Only in the last decade have we developed a true high-culture civilization behind exclusive subdivisions separated from the mob by high fences and economic policies that immobilize the poor?
Urbany? Is that a town in Sarah Palin’s Alaska?