Present Concerns for the Alamo and the Plan to Reshape Its History
By Ray H. Myers, Guest Contributor
If you watch the news, you know that the anti-American Left is moving to dismantle our history on a daily basis. Whether history in the classroom is rewritten, statues and other historical monuments defaced or removed from public view, or reshaping the history of the Alamo, the left seems to be operating from an itinerary, now exposed.
Just over 50 years ago, 45 Goals of Communism were entered into the Congressional Record, as outlined in the Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen. We would do well to know what they are.
Goal # 31: Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the grounds that it was only a minor part, or put another way, “one moment in time,” of the “big picture.” We are now witnessing almost daily a movement to remove or destroy statues, monuments, streets, and schools named after confederate soldiers and founding fathers.
Is this just a trend or is there an agenda?
I say it’s part of an agenda. The Left has had the Alamo in its sights for years. The Texas General Land Office, George P. Bush, the City of San Antonio, The Alamo Management Committee, and the Alamo Endowment want to turn Texas’s most sacred shrine into a cash cow that honors political correctness.
George P. Bush and the City of San Antonio are on the front lines of “taking down” the Alamo, so to speak. They don’t want to preserve it; they want to remake it in their own image.
It is believed by most observers that Mr. Bush ran for the land office to use it as a stepping stone for future political ambitions. Mr. Bush himself said on Dec. 3, 2015 in regard to his father’s presidential campaign: “There’s no better experience than getting involved in a presidential race because you truly do absorb so much more information than say, running for dog catcher, like I did in Texas,” Houston Chronicle.
George P. Bush’s project to “Re-imagine the Alamo” has Texans everywhere concerned. Their goal is to raise $450 million. So far, they have raised $105 million, with much of that coming from the Rainy Day Fund, which has been designated for state emergencies, not pet projects to rewrite Texas history.
Texas legislators are asking questions surrounding a contract between the state of Texas and two 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, the Alamo Endowment and the Alamo Complex Management Company. Despite testimony by Land Commissioner George P. Bush to lawmakers that transparency would be maintained, to date, public meetings and operational details have not been disclosed. This raised red flags for Texas legislator Senator Kirk Watson, an Austin Democrat who’s convinced that the organizations benefit from taxpayer money without being accountable to the public. Nonprofit Quarterly
What are they hiding?
I personally spoke to Mr. Bush back in April. I expressed my concerns about the Re-imagine the Alamo plan, specifically asking why there weren’t any grassroots Texans on his planning committee. He responded that there should be additional Texans on the committee and promised to get back to me the following day. The next day, his political director, Ash Wright called me. In our discussion, Mr. Wright said that he and Bush thought it would be a good idea to offer me a position on their committee for a mere $250,000. Like most Texans, I don’t have that kind of money. I believe that the reason they set such a high bar is to keep ordinary Texans off their committee and out of their business. Actually, it’s the public’s business.
The team working to defend the Alamo (again) is highly concerned about Bush’s planning and design director, George C. Skarmeas. We are told that he has been replaced, but he is still on staff. When asked about the significance of the Alamo in history—Mr. Skarmeas stated, “We cannot single out one moment in time,” no doubt wanting to dilute the significance of the battle.
Had it not been for the Battle of the Alamo and its “moment in time,” we wouldn’t be having this conversation today. We fear that their agenda is to diminish the story of the actual battle. Any thinking Texan should be very concerned about the Re-imagine Plan.
There are additional concerns, like the proposed glass wall around the Alamo, which Bush, et al, appear to be backtracking on, after being discovered and questioned about it. What else do they have in mind (that we know about)?
- The moving or removal of the Alamo Cenotaph which contains the statues and names of all of the Alamo heroes.
- The removal of the oversight by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who had governance over the Alamo grounds since 1895.
- The Designation of the Alamo as a World Heritage Site by the globalists of the United Nations—UNESCO.
- We believe our fears are fully justified. The major source for concern is the City of San Antonio.
Regrettably, San Antonio is now controlled by leftists, like former Mayor Julian Castro, whose radical bona fides are well documented. We see his and his brother’s hands in Re-imagine.
Their own mother, La Raza member Rosie Castro, once stated that, “When I grew up I learned that the ‘heroes’ of the Alamo were a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t belong to them,” going on to say that she “truly hates that place [the Alamo] and everything it stands for.” The apples did not fall far from the tree.
Just this past weekend our team of grassroots activists presented a resolution to the State Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Texas seeking to add to the Party Platform a plank to preserve and protect the Alamo and its grounds. It passed 57 to 1. Concerned citizens and activist groups all over Texas are coming together to preserve our historical sites from leftist revisionism.
In February 1837, Col. Juan Seguin returned to the Alamo grounds to honor the defenders of the fort. He found the charred bones of Col. Travis, Davy Crockett, and Jim Bowie and secretly buried them in a wooden coffin in Mission San Fernando near the Alamo. He revealed where the bones were buried on his deathbed.
He did this to preserve the heroes’ sacrifice, not for his generation, but for the generations to come. Seguin set an example for us to follow and we seek to do no less. It is our duty to preserve our history—for it is our history. Good or bad, it’s ours, and if we do not learn its lessons, we are doomed to repeat them!
Ray Myers leads the Kaufman County Tea Party.