Daniel Hannan, a journalist and member of the European Parliament, is no fan of big government. Speaking in Dallas today at a National Center for Policy Analysis luncheon, Hannan (pictured)Â likened President Obama’s policies, including on health care, to failed European ones. Then he proceeded to give a major shout-out to the Lone Star State. “Texas is the distillation of all I admire most about the U.S.,” he said. “It’s the most independent-minded of all the states, yet the purest manifestation of the virtues that built” America. Hannan, who became an Internet superstar for his crisp denunciation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, went on to laud the “freedom, enterprise and boundless optimism” found in Texas. He also complimented the “sturdy, independent citizens [here] who look to themselves for solutions, rather than to the government.” That may have been true in 1909, I couldn’t help thinking, but who knows if it’s the case today?