This past week I had an interesting exchange with a loyal GOP grassroots conservative from VA5. He had been reading about the threatened “TEA Party Takeover of the local GOP” units here and across the nation. He was telling me that we, the TEA Party folks, were wrong about this. He was telling me that there are real grassroots conservatives in the GOP and they didn’t need to be taken over. That the TEA Party people just needed to come join the party and work within it. That the long time Republicans had many things to teach the TEA Party crowd about how things really work, and that they would certainly welcome us in “joining,” and after receiving proper tutoring we could help the real conservatives take the GOP back from the RINO’s. He told me he and his friends had been working for years to choose good candidates and wanted the RINO’s gone too. Okay, well, that all sounds good, BUT . . .
This gentleman, and I will call him a friend, at one time lived in Texas. So, in my response to him I used an example from Texas history, and I think I would like to tell the entire group of good loyal GOP constitutional conservatives the same thing.
Until the “progressives” change the history books and erase this from remembrance I would like to refer the reader to the story of the Alamo. This is perhaps the greatest story of courage and love of freedom in the revolution for Texas independence. Being a native Texan myself I draw untold inspiration, and pride from this story. I actually have an ancestor who died there, so it is particularly dear to me. For those who were educated in public schools outside of Texas let me give you the thumbnail of it.
Mexico was the most powerful nation in the hemisphere at that time. Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, referred to himself as “Emperor” and personally lead his army, funded and armed by European powers, against a group of American settlers who were in revolt. They were lead by Sam Houston, the George Washington of Texas, who was trying to build and train an Army to resist this attempt to crush their movement for freedom and independence. In San Antonio, a strategically important location, stood the Alamo, an old Spanish mission that served as a fortress. It was garrisoned by 183 volunteers lead by William Travis. Davie Crockett and Jim Bowie are perhaps more famous, but Travis was in charge. When they learned the Mexican Army was marching against them with over 4000 professional soldiers including heavy artillery, and being lead by the “Emperor” himself it sent fear through the rebel garrison. The Mexicans were known for their brutality and call for “no quarter.”
Travis wrote a letter to Sam Houston requesting him to send reinforcements with all haste. Travis, and his men, knew that without help from Sam Houston they faced a brutal and certain death. Travis offered his men the opportunity to leave by drawing a line in the sand with his sword. He asked all that would stay and defend this fortress to step across that line. They knew death awaited them if Sam Houston and his fledgling army of reinforcements did not arrive, and they also knew the chances of that arrival were very small. 183 heroes stepped across that line, and for the next thirteen days they fought the Mexicans in this epic battle for freedom and liberty. All died horrible deaths, but only after killing more than 2000 Mexicans and seriously weakening Santa Anna’s abilities to “crush” this rebellion. These men were, and are, heroes of the highest order and should never be forgotten.
This leads me to my message to the loyal GOP conservatives who have been fighting the RINO establishment for so many years. You good people have been defending the Alamo, you may have much to teach, but we are changing the rules back to what they should be. The hoofbeats you hear approaching are not from Santa Anna’s army. Sam Houston got the letter, and he is sending us, WE ARE THE REINFORCEMENTS . . . STOP SHOOTING AT US!
Chairman Lynchburg TEA Party