Conroe, November 22 – Reagan Reed, Houston correspondent for Empower Texans, one of the largest grassroots conservative organizations in Texas, and the youngest elected GOP Precinct Chairman in the Republican Party of Texas, spoke to a packed meeting of the Montgomery County Tea Party on Monday, November 20, 2017. Reed told the people in attendance, “Remember the Alamo! It’s not ‘Reimagine the Alamo!'”
Reed spoke about the efforts of the State of Texas General Land Office and the very liberal activist San Antonio City Council to bring the Alama memorial into the age of political correctness. The project falls under the title “Reimagining the Alamo.”
Remember the Alamo
On March 6, 1836, 189 Texians under the leadership of William Travis, Davy Crockett, and James Bowie perished after a 12-day siege of the Alamo fortress by the Mexican army of more than ten times the strength of Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, the power hungry politician and general from the Veracruz area of Mexico. During the fighting at the Battle of San Jacinto only 46 days later where the Texians finally defeated Santa Anna and gained their independent on April 21, 1836, many of the Texian soldiers cried “Remember the Alamo!” as a war cry and inspiration. Without question, the phrase became a symbol of Texas’ independence first as a Republic and then as the greatest State of the fifty states of the United States of America.
The cenotaph in the Alamo Plaza in front of the great fortress today memorializes the 189 Texians who lost their lives but slowed the Mexican army long enough to permit General Sam Houston to make adequate military preparations to defeat them only a few weeks later near what is today the City of Houston (a suburb of The Woodlands).
As Reed explained, the Texas Legislature purchased the Alamo site to be a lasting memorial to the resolve of the great 189 fighters who perished there and designated the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as the permanent caretakers under Texas. Reed said that in 2011, the Texas Legislature moved oversight responsibility for the Alamo to the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”). In 2015, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the son of Florida’s Jeb Bush, took responsibility for the Alamo away from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Reed noted that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas than sued the General Land Office over the issue.
Bush is the ultimate decision maker with respect to the Alamo, according to Reed. Reed and others acknowledge that the Alamo fortress is somewhat in disrepair. Therefore, the GLO produced a master plan of 27 pages. Bush explained that GLO wants to close some of the streets around the Alamo, turn three of the buildings around it into museums, and utilize 21st century technology and materials in the south wall area. Some of those ideas are excellent for the purpose of making the fortress into a protected pedestrian environment and protecting structure.
As Reed explained, however, Bush’s and the City of San Antonio’s Alamo project has become controversial because they are proposing de-emphasizing the historically significant battle and the fortress where it occurred and, instead, emphasizing the multi-cultural and archaeological attributes of the region. Historically, that doesn’t make much sense. First, the Alamo’s greatest significance is the March 6, 1836, battle which was the first major step in Texas Independence, as the soldiers at the Battle of San Jacinto obviously recognized. Second, the Alamo did serve as a mission to provide for the needs of the poverty-stricken native Americans and Mexicans living around it. Nevertheless, it was Catholic and Protestant settlers from farther east who brought the people and resources to the area with the idea of colonizing it.
Reed told the meeting, “We’re in an all-out war on our history by the progressive left in academia and politics. They seek to destroy our history and our culture. We’re battling for the heart and soul of western civilization. Every time that communism has been implemented in history, they would work to disconnect the people from their past, just as you saw in many of George Orwell’s writings. They’re trying to rewrite history to fit their own agenda.”
Reed said, “Some of the political correctness movement is starting to seep into how the Alamo is being handled. They want to diminish the events of 1836 into just one small chapter of the Alamo’s history…They’re trying to shape the Alamo into a multicultural place of healing that will bridge and connect many cultures to the Alamo site when, in fact, it’s true historical significance was the massacre of Texians by Mexican troops.”
The cenotaph marking the death of the 189 Texians “is basically a gravestone for these men, because their bodies were burned” by the Mexicans at the end of the battle, as Reed said. Nevertheless, GLO Commissioner Bush has “equivocated on where to move the cenotaph which is like moving their graves.”
Reed noted that the Republican Party of Texas, Empower Teans, and many other grassroots organizations are fighting Bush and the “progressive city council of San Antonio” on their proposed destruction of the importance of the Alamo.
Reed concluded his remarks, “The battle cry was not ‘Reimagine the Alamo.'”