And the reason Santa Anna didn't send more troops was because he only had one car.Posted by Jack at March 7, 2014 11:18 AM
Fightin' for liberteeee...the liberty to own slaves, that is.Posted by Eric Blair at March 7, 2014 11:31 AM
Mr. Blair: Just drop it, please. There is not a culture in history that has not tainted itself with forced labor. There are valid things to hold against the South, but the slavery issue is an old, dead issue. Did any of the men who flocked to the Alamo to defend against their enemy even own slaves? The vast majority of them were poor, and just trying to make a life for themselves.
If you're going to take cheap shots at least make them cleverer.
Forward Texas!Posted by JB at March 7, 2014 4:39 PM
Blair couldn't create a spark by rubbing his two brain cells together. Ever hear of New Town, Lyons, or Somerville? Texas territory given to Blacks to start communities and farms while northern slaves still had union masters.Please give Eric another cracker.Posted by LaZrtx at March 7, 2014 6:17 PM
For Crockett fans: a plug for my brother-in-law's book, just out in paperback: http://www.authorbobthompson.com/1/post/2014/03/thats-our-davy-crockett.html
I'm glad you two pushed back on Blair. The real lesson to be extracted from the Alamo is that there were men who put aside personal considerations and stood up for principles like Freedom and Liberty. They were only one generation apart from the Patriots that fought for our freedom in the Revolutionary War.
The heroes of the Alamo went in and stayed knowing their fate was death. Many of the patriots in the Revolutionary War gave up homes, families, land, careers and lives in the fight for freedom. That is what's missing in our present times: a willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good.
Whenever I come across fools like Blair I have a list of possible responses to their vapid statements:
1- Are you serious?
2- What's so funny?
3- Cut the crap.
4- You talk like a sausage.
5- Fuck off.
A response to Blair would start with #4, heavy manners would follow.Posted by chasmatic at March 8, 2014 3:58 AM
The Eric Blair's left the Alamo with the blacks, women and children. I know Gonzales and more of a #5.Born on the Rio Grande.Posted by LaZrtx at March 8, 2014 6:39 AM
Yes...the progressives dont want us to remember the Alamo because it promotes the very terrible notion of American exceptional-ism ...even though everyone was killed. In their troubled minds it is bad to have heroes. Heroes are people to look up to and aspire to emulate.
Subjects are to be looked down upon, controlled. Free thinker independent types are bad for the collective good....
So here's how it went down. Santa Anna tore up the Mexican Constitution of 1834, and told the Tejanos and Texicans in "Texas" that they were no longer citizens of Mexico and had no rights. (Tejanos were Mexicans born in the northern Mexican province of "Texas" or who had been sent there to live, to secure the land from the Indians and keep the French out. The Texicans were immigrants. There were a lot more Tejanos than Texicans).
Then Santa Anna sent his brother-in-law upcountry to confiscate all the Tejano and Texican weapons. This was inconceivable---an act of insanity. At Gonzales, the people said no. Then they said, "Come and Take It"---a reference to their small cannon. They painted it in black on a white bedsheet and called it a flag. It went sideways from there.
So here is what you need to know and understand: Texans don't like dictators, and we have been rather touchy about our guns ever since. If you want to live as a free man, come to Texas.
Posted by DHH at March 8, 2014 5:16 PM
Thanks for the invitation DHH, well said!
A lot has been said about the victors writing history. In this case the losers and the progressives should be instructed to #5.Posted by Denny at March 8, 2014 6:35 PM
What a great story.Posted by LaZrtx at March 8, 2014 7:22 PM
Hey Dave J -- Spoken as a true human being. Not enough of your kind among the growing number of zombies, golems, Fascists, and mindless mites.Posted by Famously Unknown at March 9, 2014 3:34 PM
I remember watching that Fess Parker clip as a kid, great stuff.
But it makes me sad that today, The Disney Corp would not, could not produce that program again.
Another Walt Disney patriotic piece of the time, "Johnny Tremaine". I've always thought that the "Liberty Tree" song would be a great marching song for the Tea Party's march on Washington.Posted by John the River at March 10, 2014 10:36 AM