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Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics
Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics
By Michael Lind
Basic Books, 2002, 224 pp
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This tale grounds the Bush presidential dynasty in the culture and politics of the one U.S. state to have been an internationally recognized independent republic. Lind, a fifth-generation Texan, not only critiques Texas politics and the Bush clan, he also dissects Texas' ruling Anglo-Celtic, Dixiecratic elite with the malicious precision only an intimate, home-state enemy can bring to bear. Lind delivers a heartfelt and stinging indictment of the Dixiecrats -- the ex-Democrats, now Republicans, whose political traditions go back to the Confederacy. This book lays bare some of the essential forces driving American politics and will likely achieve one of its main goals: to unmask Texas as a Southern rather than a Western state. But Lind should beware of underestimating his foe. Dixiecratic rule in the South survived the loss of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the New Deal, the industrialization of the South, and the Civil Rights movement. Ruthlessly pragmatic where its vital interests are concerned, Dixiecratic political culture is flexible enough to endure as a vital if not always constructive force in American life.