“Don’t Mess With Texas” is the famous 1986-86 anti-littering campaign. “Don’t mess with Texas—we’re armed” is an unofficial variation (from at least 1997) that has been printed on images.
Rejected State Mottos
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See, EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas!
Don’t Mess with Texas—We’re Armed
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5 April 1997, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “What’s the best pick for motto on license tag?” by Elsa McDowell, pg. 1:
Now that the state license tag dilemma has been resolved (families-first versus smiling faces) Howard Peckenpaugh allows as how other states also have faced difficulty choosing their mottoes.
He sends a list of state mottoes that were rejected:
Texas: Don’t Mess with Texas - We’re Armed
Don’t mess with Texas we’re better armed than most http://twitpic.com/23ibq
3:36 PM · Mar 14, 2009·Twitter Web Client
Don’t mess with TEXAS. We’re armed.
4:20 AM · Mar 21, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
David J. Brewer
Replying to @VivaLaAmes11
Don’t mess with Texas. We’re armed and ready.
8:41 AM · Jun 13, 2017·Twitter for iPhone