New Ad Asks Dan Patrick To Protect Historical Monuments in Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS — A new TV and radio ad makes an appeal to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to fight the mounting effort by Democrats to systematically tear down Texas history, saying that he “needs to make this happen … now,”


Though the ad doesn’t mention it, the iconic Alamo, an 80-year-old, 60-foot memorial to the 189 (or more) men who gave their lives for Texas, seems present.

This reporter was the keynote speaker on the very issue of preserving Texas history and defending the Alamo memorial in Dallas a year ago today.

Here’s a sample from my presentation to the influential Republican organization, Preston Hollow-Park Cities Forum:

If they can tear down the visible reminders of who we
are, they can make us forget how far we’ve come.

And if they can tell us where we have been, then they
can change where we are going.

Countries​ ​that​ ​tear​ ​down​ ​their​ ​history,​ ​soon​ ​tear​ ​down
other​ ​things,​ ​like​ ​FREE​ ​SPEECH.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush signed an Alamo redesign plan that includes dismantling and relocating the Cenotaph — memorial to the men who died for Texas liberty.

“Carefully disassemble the structure and conserve all the marble sections in a controlled environment,” the plan reads. “Provide a new structure [non – corrosive assembly instead of reinforced concrete],” it continues.

It’s always best to respect a monument by tearing it apart and moving it somewhere else.

“Several potential locations were considered. The proposed location … will provide appropriate context and symbolism for the structure.”

San Antonio City Council wants to “honor” the men of the Alamo by moving their tombstone to the place where Santa Anna burned their carcasses following his disreputable and savage order of “Deguello” (take no prisoners, kill everyone, women, children, etc.).

In response to Bush’s proposed actions, Patrick committed in recorded audio dated October, 2017, to stop Cenotaph from being torn down.

Patrick has not since renewed his commitment to that “line in the sand.” In fact, Patrick was part of the State Preservation Board decision that consigned a Civil War memorial plaque to the ashbin after being on Capitol grounds since 1959.

“The events of 1836 were just one small chapter in 10,000 years of history,” said George Skarmeas, Bush’s Alamo redesign planning director until recently.

The Cenotaph is inscribed thusly,

Erected in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6, 1836, in the defense of Texas. They chose never to surrender nor retreat; these brave hearts, with flag still proudly waving, perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding of this Texas



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