A House Less Susceptible to Political Stampedes

The professional conservatives in Austin are learning something in politics they could have learned in their late pre-teen years: It’s easy to startle animals once or twice, but they eventually learn to ignore you.

More than 40 years ago in El Paso, the members of Boy Scout Troop 59 worked as a group to get bicycling merit badges. One requirement was adding safety equipment to the bikes — things like bells and reflectors that dressed up their Schwinn Sting-Rays. Bike hikes — 10- to 15-mile camping trips out in the boonies — were among the requirements. And the city kids on those trips ...

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