A State of Mind
Having spent time in several different states over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that the most loyal inhabitants are in Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin. All other states seem to have people who just live there, but in the three above mention states the loyalty runs deeply as though they were their own countries with their own nationalities.
If you see an RV on the road from Texas, you won’t have to look far to see either a Texas flag or some other Texas paraphernalia in full proud display. If you visit the home of anyone from Wisconsin, you won’t have to look far to see a cheese-head hat or a Bucky Badger lying around somewhere. Open their fridge and you will find brauts. If you are from Oregon, you more than 50% likely have a sticker on your car with the letter O on it that represents an Oregon College or University, or Oregon Public Broadcasting. And not only have you shopped in a Made in Oregon store (you probably didn’t buy anything there) but you probably know someone who has a product there. However when confronted with two products side by side, Oregonians will most likely choose the locally produced product even if it costs more.
Wisconsin is the Badger State, a rodent, ok but not great. Texas is the Lone Star State, and that’s pretty cool. Oregon is the Beaver State, another rodent…I’m not crazy about that, though I could see where some people would be pleased…ahem…
People from Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin seem to be proud and united but don’t let that fool you. Texans joke about East Texas, and others Texans joke about Austin. There is a political rift between Eastern and Western Oregon, the east being conservative and the west progressive. I don’t know enough about Wisconsin to know their divide, but I would suspect dairy users verses the lactose intolerant, Or those who vacation in Minnesota verses those who vacation in Michigan.
So I don’t care what state you may be from, if you think you have state loyalty more than the three states mentioned here; I’m not seeing it or hearing it. Cheer louder.