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Jay Leeson: So the last time I signed off on this microphone here at AM 580 Lubbock, I intended to run for office. That was in the end of September. I began to clear space and layout for a run, a plan for a run. I stepped away from the show and backed off on writing columns and, I began to shake the bushes of support, began to receive calls and make calls from friends, and folks around Lubbock and from the lobby down at Austin.
And, the one thing I didn’t go was get a consultant because, I believe what I believe and I don’t need somebody to tempt or threaten me with poll numbers to change my mind on what I believe. Because, and let me just go off on a rabbit trail here. Other side of Texas #4–
Little Sister Lauren Huff: Well, what’s one, two, and three?
Jay Leeson: We’ll get to it, Little Sister. But let me get four out of the way. Now this state is a hot mess politically because, it’s elected “leaders” have a consultant sized hand hole in their backsides. More coming up on that. To answer your question, little sister. Number one, place a vote party. You put your place and you see issues.
Lauren: You got your place.
Jay Leeson: Through your place, that’s right. But, to quote myself. A place carries a continuity of knowledge and passes it from generation to generation. How the place works and what makes it turn. And, when there’s disruption in that continuity, learning can transpire by costly lessons of the what the place will and will not tolerate. And, something that places like ours cannot tolerate is going straight line party platform. You have to see the issues through what you’ve been entrusted really.
Number two, be a Texican, not a Texican’t, right?
Lauren: Absolutely. That’s new for me. That’s been something that’s stuck with me since you last signed off on these mics.
Jay Leeson: To be a-
Lauren: Texican, not a Texican’t.
Jay Leeson: Oh, I thought you were calling me a Texican’t.
Lauren: No, you’re not a Texican’t–
Jay Leeson: Okay.
Lauren: But I know some.
Jay Leeson: Okay. Well. Number three, the other side of Texas truths we’re going through here. Number three, there’s a 17% rule. And it goes like this. 17% of people who vote Republican agree with the entire Republican economic platform. Now, that’s a fact. That’s a hundred percent fact. What I’m going to speculate on, is that 17% of people agree with the Democratic social platform. So, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and we’ll talk more about a party. The state Republican executive committee namely, coming up with Scott Braddock in next segment.
Number five, we talk red, and we deposit blue. In Lubbock, we talk so red, you would think … Not only would you think Ronald Regan came from Lubbock, but that we created Ronald Regan in our basement here in Lubbock. That’s how red we talk, but then you begin to look around. And this isn’t just Lubbock, this is other sides of Texas too. Mid-size markets, where you talk about towns and then counties. Look at Lubbock, Texas Tech University, higher education-
Jay Leeson: Public education, Agriculture programs. And then, go look at your small businesses non-taxable invoices. Or, go look at your clients, and your customers, and who their employer is. And it’s real easy to talk awfully red and deposit a lot of blue right here in Lubbock, Texas. But, and back to the point. I began to shake those bushes, makes the calls, receive the calls. We had the family meetings. Little sister, I even went so far as to begin to lose weight. Lost [crosstalk 00:05:26].
Lauren: Yeah, you lost a lot of weight.
Jay Leeson: My tailor has made a fortune.
Jay Leeson: At least a tenth of a Bitcoin. At least. But then, two things happened and it gave me pause. And one of those was that, I was approached about doing television, which I’d not really thought about before but, a situation to do a commentary gig that would be a cross between John Oliver and Tim Russert with a West Texas drawl, and a strong dose of rural aggression. A sports jacket, and jeans and boots. And, simultaneous to that, some larger outlets began to inquire about me writing for them and, all those conversations began to spark a lot of thought about how best to use my voice.
What is the real option in front of me? And then, another thing happened. And just stick with me here, but I was laying in bed, early one morning and our Grace, she’s 10. Our oldest came into the bedroom to use our bathroom, which she usually does because she has to share a bathroom/toilet with three younger brothers. All of whom have terrible aim or, they just can’t stay focused for the duration of each urination process. Now, we have terrible bed placement in our bedroom.
Because, we have this wall light in the master bath that just blasts out light. Its like when the bathroom door opens, and that light is on, it’s like a prison yard light beaming over the bed. Like E.T.’s spaceship is taking off from the shower. Really, it would be better for your retinal health to look at the solar eclipse than to look at the light in our bedroom. The light coming out of our bathroom, in our bedroom. I give you all that detail to say this. So Grace goes in one morning, turns on that light, and there the Alpha Canis Majoris, boom onto the bed, startles me, and I look up trying to figure out if I was dying, or if I’d had a seizure.
But in that, I looked and I saw her little silhouette. And, in particular, I saw her legs. And I just noticed in that split second of prison yard light blaring down upon me, I thought to myself my goodness, there’s a lot more inches between those ankles and those knees than there used to be. Where did all those inches come from? I just thought about that over and over again in my head. All those inches. And look, I’m a lot of things today, and five different people might have seven different opinions of me. But, for me, my number one is to be the chief of my little Leeson tribe.
Jay Leeson: And, laying in bed, I thought about those inches, and how I have four sets of those little legs where those inches just keep on coming. And I recall this conversation I’d had with a buddy, who was telling me about a message that his minister had shared about parenting. And, the minister had said, they are children, they are, but yes in our homes, but for a while. And, you know we’re in the middle of these precious years [inaudible 00:08:55]. We’re coming on 17 years. And it’s hard to keep in perspective how precious something whenever you’re right in the middle of it.
You and I were doing some prep to launch this program [crosstalk 00:09:09].
Lauren: Yeah, hours of prep.
Jay Leeson: Just last weekend, a guy walks up to the station, Damian-
Jay Leeson: And if I could do a Scottish accent, I could do it, I’m Irish but my tongue’s too West Texas fat now, to even approach an Irish or a Scottish accent. But, he came on a, what’d he call it? A bucket list.
Lauren: Yeah, it was his bucket list. His 50th birthday, to be here.
Jay Leeson: And, we just happened to be here. And so, we let him in, and he was losing his composure. He was gonna cry because, here at AM580 Lubbock, we got the original … All the production equipment from where Buddy Holly used to do his Sunday parties here.
He was like, “I can really come in and take pictures?” And we’re like “fine, man. That’s just fine.” But for perspective, what I’m saying is that, you see people from time to time who pat their heart, and get a little emotional whenever they see us with all of our kiddo’s and this little dynamic. Or, they might be like, tell those kids to be quiet. But, the thing that you always hear is these years are … You cannot get these back, these are precious years. So, I guess you could say to borrow some Hank Williams via George Jones, I saw the light, right?
Lauren: Yeah, you need your own album.
Jay Leeson: And that’s when I decided to nix the idea of running for state office. ‘Cause this is a thing that I was always running up against: these are business building years, family years first, business years as well. And, I nixed that idea, and I wanna say this very plainly to listeners as we begin this program: I nixed that idea, and not just listeners, but people who are made to listen to this program. Like it’s part of your job. I nixed that idea–not just for the immediate future– but until my little Charlie’s legs grow, and grow, and grow, he’s four years old, and he walks across the stage.
And even by then, that may not be the best use of what I believe and putting it forward into the public square for people to think about. I’m just trying to make a contribution. Trying to be another voice that can help have these conversations in Texas. And, even then, once he’s gone, I may not wanna do it. So, instead, I decided to double down on the direction I’d already headed in. And, I went to work on this platform, The Other Side of Texas platform to speak up for the other sides of Texas, and to give a voice to people in overlooked parts of the state.
And so, this radio program is just part of that platform. We’ll have other things to come. There’ll be more columns and there’ll be some television. Then, we’ll have other people who contribute from around the state. And I’m really excited about it. I think that this is gonna be really great with where we are in the state right now. Because, if this state’s gonna come to its senses, it’s gonna come from voices out in the country, who can bring some pragmatism to the table, and really believe place as a number one principle in their own platform.
And, we’ll cover the other sides of issues in mid-size and rural areas. And, we’ll see how this thing goes. I think it’s gonna go really well. And we’ll do it all from theothersideofTexas.com. I hope you can go to that page and when the prompt comes up, just give it a second, just think about it before you just click off of it. I really want you to think about subscribing, the things that you like, I hope that you share with your friends. You’ll have this show, and other columns and other contributions delivered right to your inbox. To your email box. We will not pass your email on, we respect you, and your email privacy. And, you can also go find The Other Sides of Texas on Facebook, and Twitter. And here’s my promise to you listeners. If you take the time to listen to this show in the midst of the inches growing in your life, and all of the things that you’ve got going on in your life. Number one, you will be entertained. And number two, you’ll be engaged with thoughtful, and unique, and original content. You may not agree with it, but I think that you’ll really be glad that you listened.
Something to bring up at your shiner parties, or your wine parties, or whatever kind of parties … Keystone parties. And, number three, you’ll get the other side of Texas truth every time, 100% percent guarantee. With all that said, I just wanna start the first segment of the first program by thanking you for listening. And I’m really honored that you join in. Anytime you need to get a hold of us, you reach me at email@example.com. You can reach Little Sister Lauren Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, stick with us. Big show right ahead of you, Scott Braddock of Quorum Report comes up in the next segment. And then, we’ll have State Representative Poncho Nevarez, who get this, if the border wall route as it’s presently proposed goes through, his home, an elected officials home, could be on the other side of the wall, on the [crosstalk 00:14:32] south side of the wall.
Lauren: That’s crazy.
Jay Leeson: All this coming up. Glad you’re with us, stick right here at Other Side of Texas, coming right back.
(Note: this audio is from the opening segment of the first OSTX program on 2/5/2018)