Rural and Urban Life in Texas
The quality of life for the individuals living in the rural and urban of Texas has dramatically changed with time, and the reality in the current world is the reverse of most people’s speculations on the same (Adams et al.). Texas State is one in the USA with the most significant number of firms where sheep and cattle production were carried out on a large scale some decades ago. Despite the existence of these firms, many youths are currently moving to towns in search of employment with salaries (Hirakawa). Also, the world becomes more civilized; the children in the rural areas of Texas have lately adopted the need for education (Imaiso). Most schools are located in urban areas; thus, most of the children grow up when they prefer urban to rural life (Impact of Rural Hospital Closings on the Community). As a result, the people in the downtown area currently engaging most of the earning activities, making them have a better living standard compared to the people in urban where the farming process is only done at a higher percentage by older adults who stated engaging in the activity many years ago.
This quality of life dictates most of the activities in Texas, especially during the voting period. Most people have the notion carried from the ancient republican and democrat politics that democratic party gives attention typically to both the poor and the rich in the nation, whereas, Republican usually gives much attention to the rich (Kumar and Kumar). As a result, most of the rural personnel vote for democrat so that their needs are addressed. Also, some of the people in urban migrate from the rural and thus understand life in the rural and eventually end up in voting democrat, as the rest votes republican (Lampe). This explains why, in the recent past four elections, democrat has been winning on the one man one vote initiative.
The kind of life experienced by the residents of these two are diverse areas seems to be too different from each other. Research has it that life condition in the rural areas is too different as compared to urban life. Right from the availability and quality of health care, political situations and the economic opportunities vividly describe this kind of difference. In Texas, nearly 1.5 million people living in these rural areas, yet many have to drive to larger cities to get health care. Over 80 counties have only 5 doctors. In An article done by the KFDA reveals the kindly of stress that the residence that attended their seminar is undergoing as far as the medical issues are concerned. Jeffreys reports that life in rural is really deteriorating and he says that 80 % of Texas population are considered medically underserved and and According to the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, since 2010, nearly 26 rural hospitals have closed.
In Texas, there is an unequal distribution of Health facilities, with the rural area being tremendously discriminated against and denied health personnel and closure of hospitals being experienced. State Rep. Ken King reveals this in a panelist meeting where he stated that. In the last ten years, more hospitals closed in rural states. Statistical data also from Texas Organizations of Rural and Community Hospitals indicate that26 rural hospitals closed since 2010. To make the matter worse, in rural areas, unqualified medical practitioners like college’s students are attending to patients (Williams). Holly JEFFREYS says there is no otherwise rather than to allow nurses to have full authority because there are about five doctors in Texas. There is thus a significant crisis because most of the patients are likely to collapse due to some of the preventable illnesses since most of the quality hospitals are located in the urban (Vizcarrondo).
The observed unequal distribution in the medical institutions and other public institutions in the urban and rural areas of Texas and disparities in the job opportunities due to industrial development in the urban directly influences the voting trends (Malecki). The people living in the rural believe that they have been undermined with development and thus will always vote democrat, which they think can handle their problems as they sometimes witnessed back when the party had the presidential power.
The rural politics has emerged to be different as that of urban, because of the differences in the levels of literacy, and various perceptions (Reddy). The current support for the border by the current president has also triggered the people in the rural to love the Democratic Party even more, since they believe that what is going is hatred when they think that there should be equality and fairness when treating people regardless of their socioeconomic status, nationalities, regions or cultures (Staeheli and Nagel). This is also the same story in the county levels. In a county level where people are more informed, they are most likely to support either of the two parties, but where the living standards of people is low, they are most likely to be previous and future voters of democrat (Staeheli and Caroline). Area of residence is thus a significant factor in the determination of either of the party’s support.
In Texas voting in schools is considered more of a privilege. It is full of discrimination by colour and this is evident by a case presented by Amy Gardner a national political reporter in his article stated that black students or other African students were required to complete a “residency questionnaire” to prove their eligibility to vote during a campus politics. They saw their power at the ballot box diluted when their campus was carved into separate districts. They were arrested when they tried to cast ballots, accused of improper voting.