One of the rangers watching the tourists in the Texas Capitol. At no point did I have to undergo any security search, and I was never approached by anyone asking what I was doing. In fact, tourists are free to wander the corridors (and it wouldn’t take much to start wandering in to offices!). I suppose that’s ‘approachable democracy’, although I wonder if everything is so relaxed when the state Congress is in session, which is ordinarily only for the first six months of odd-numbered years.
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From Texas and Arizona, August 2009