As I have stated before, and will continue, the progressive, socialist, left has a targeted goal of revising US History. As a matter of fact, we find our schools teaching less about our proud and incredible history, civics, and geography, as opposed to indoctrinating our students under the guise of “social studies.”
Recently, we shared with you the absurd recommendation to change the name of the Texas capital, named after the “Father of Texas,” Stephen F. Austin. But, if there is one thing that is endemic, synonymous with the Texas way, courage, bravery, and resilience, it is The Alamo. Those thirteen days at the small little mission in San Antonio which draws millions of visitors a year standing today as an iconic symbol, solidified that venerable Texas motto from Gonzales, October 1835, “Come and Take It”.
If you have never read Col. William Barrett Travis’ letter from The Alamo you should. His declaration of “victory or death” is part of the title of my second book. There is a true, sincere, and vital reason why, but for some, drawing lines in the sand and such is all a bunch of nonsense.
As reported by Fox News:
“The social studies curriculum for seventh graders in Texas learning about the Alamo could reportedly face some new changes, at least one of which has drawn the ire of the governor.
Removing the word “heroic” to describe those who protected the Alamo was among the items included in a report penned by an advisory panel to the State Board of Education on how to structure the curriculum, Dallas News reported on Friday.
As it stands now, curriculum phrasing of the topic is the “siege of the Alamo and all of the heroic defenders who gave their lives there,” according to the outlet.
However, the word in question was reportedly described as being “value-charged” and the panel has suggested doing away with everything except the “siege of the Alamo.”
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott took a firm stance on the proposition, arguing that the “political correctness in our schools” needed to “stop.”
“Stop political correctness in our schools. Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’!” Abbott said in a tweet. “I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain.”
The panel’s suggestion stems from an idea that educators can instead include the letter as part of a broader lesson on the Alamo, the outlet reported. State Board of Education Chairwoman Donna Bahorich on Friday tweeted that she was not in favor of “deleting one of the most iconic letters in US History for 7th grade.” Her post was re-tweeted by the Texas State Board of Education.Following criticisms about extensive curriculum requirements, the proposition was created as a means to re-organize it, Debbie Ratcliffe, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, told the Dallas News, adding that they tried to weigh considerations by whether something could “be reduced by either deleting information, combining standards or clarifying.”
“That was the goal,” Ratcliffe continued. “They suggested deleting the Travis letter because they think when teachers talk about the Alamo they will absolutely mention it, but not having it outlined specifically just meant teachers would spend less time on it.”
According to a tweet from the Board of Education, public hearings on social studies standards are set to be held on Tuesday. A vote on the issue will occur in November, the Dallas News reported.”
Ladies and gents, this is why I belabor the point the point that the most important elected position in America is school board. There is only one way such nonsense gets oxygen, and that is because of the revisionist history goals of the progressive socialist left. What the heck is “value-charged,” what chucklehead came up with that absurdity?
Let me get this right, Nike releases a commercial advertisement using the face of some “social justice warrior,” a former NFL player, with the tagline “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” But somehow, the men, those 183 who stood against insurmountable odds back in February to March 1836 at The Alamo are not heroic? Deeming men who honored a commitment, believed in fighting for freedom, even meaning sacrificing their lives as “value-charged?” Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!!
As a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a Texas resident, I take umbrage with the useful idiots who came up with this silliness. The Alamo has long had a very important meaning for me, yes, believing in something to the point that you are willing to sacrifice everything.
The heroic Men who stood for thirteen days at The Alamo and gave their lives represent our Spartan-esque story of the Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC. It was there that on the first day, King Leonidas was told by the invading Persian Army under Xerxes to lay down their weapons. Leonidas replied, “molon labe,” which translates in English to “come, take” — just as in October 1835 at Gonzales Texas.
Just the same, when Leonidas knew that his position in the narrow defile at Thermopylae had been compromised, and they were to be surrounded, the Spartans did not retreat nor surrender. Leonidas famed words he sent back via one chosen Spartan warrior was, “Go tell the Spartans, and strangers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie.”
Yes, there is something very heroic about making the “last full measure of devotion” because you believe in that which has defined Texas, and America — individual liberty and freedom. That is not “value-charged,” that is who we are!
What I have noticed is that not a single Democrat [Socialist] candidate here in Texas has taken a stand against this foolishness. Where is the condemnation of Lupe Valdez or Robert “Bob” O’Rourke? There are two individuals seeking to be governor and senator of the Great State of Texas, and they have said nothing about removing the word heroic from the stand made at The Alamo? That, folks, should tell you all you need to know about these leftists. They are indeed no different from the Greek traitor who led the Persians to the secret pass to encircle the Spartans at Thermopylae.
We are slipping away from having a system of education in America, but are devolving into a system of indoctrination. You cannot mention the stand made by these men at The Alamo as heroic . . . yet we are telling our children they can be any gender they wish? This is why we need legions of Constitutional Conservatives to run for local school board positions to end this nonsense, chicanery, and destruction of our very Republic from within the halls of learning.
Just realize that in this past week, the left has embarked upon re-defining the meaning of heroism, and sacrifice. Colin Kaepaernick has not sacrificed anything for the greater good and the advancement of individual liberty and freedom. Yet, there are those who walk among us who would tell us that men who have, and continue to do so, are guilty of “value-charging.” We all need to read Col. Travis’ letter from The Alamo, dated February 24, 1836.
However, I leave you with a quote that is very appropriate for describing, and understanding, the progressive, socialist, leftists who walk among us in America.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lays deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero, Statesman of Rome
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.