I’m not a Texan, so I doubt that the event holds as much significance for me as it does for my readers from the Former Republic of Texas, but nonetheless today is a significant day historically, as it marks the beginning of The Battle of the Alamo, which would last until March 6th, at which time the army of Santa Anna would overrun and annihilate the defenders of the Alamo.
When I was a kid, I visited the Alamo in San Antonio, and while I was mostly enraptured by the displays, I couldn’t but help feel a deep sense of history and connection to the place. In my adulthood, the Alamo serves a mental reminder of the power of a few men who are willing to take a stand against tyranny – a few imperfect men at that, as many of the defenders of the Alamo were not saints.
Today, what can we as gun owners learn from the Alamo, and the eventual battle of San Jancinto? Well, the first is that we should not forget the Alamo, or the horrible election result of 2008; even more importantly we must not forget what got us that result – a moribund Republican party, and a “media” only too willing to carry water for our opponent. Just as important as remember what got us here is to remember that hope, liberty, and the fundamental concepts that made America great are not lost. Just as the fledgling Texas Revolution experienced a great loss at the Alamo, they eventually went on to win the Battle of San Jancinto, and win their liberty. I have read much doom and gloom lately in conservative blogs – so many people are saying that “this is it”, and “we’re all screwed now” because Obama is the president, or because they passed a terrible bill through Congress, or whatever. I’m here to say knock that shit off. It is 1) annoying as hell, 2) defeatist, and 3) mostly it’s just annoying as hell. I don’t have time for whiners or doom-n’-gloom prognosticators, because they don’t get anything done except kill morale.
We should remember the Alamo – both the real Alamo and our figurative Alamo in the 2008 election. We cannot forget however that no matter how bad things appear to be in the short term, that hope, real hope, liberty, and the things that the Texians fought for, the ideals on which this country was founded are not lost. We just need to make 2010 and 2012 our San Jancinto.