The latest plans for designing the Alamo in San Antonio were revealed Tuesday night, June 5, including scrapping the controversial glass walls proposed last year...and moving the Cenotaph.
The crowd at the Witte Museum's Prassel Auditorium watched, listened, booed and cheered as members of the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee presented its updated Comprehensive Interpretive Plan. The Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee is a creation of the SA city government, and is influenced heavily by the liberal majority in the SA city council.
Liberal Democrat SA city councilman Robert Trevino defended the new plans saying “The Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee first gathered in 2014 and worked tirelessly to develop the vision and guiding principles for this preservation effort. Adherence to those guiding principles is paramount in ensuring this plan tells the entire 10,000-year story of the Alamo while creating a public space that can speak to the iconic site’s layered history while being embraced fully by the community.”
Reading between the lines, the “plans to tell the entire 10,000-year story” means the 1836 Battle will be downplayed and watered down. Liberals want to make the Alamo’s story more inclusive of all people, and less about what some call "American imperialism” and “Manifest Destiny”.
For 182 years, the Alamo has been the symbol of Texas’ fight for freedom and liberty, and the principles framed in the U.S. Constitution. However, Chicano activists and other liberals have long claimed the Alamo is symbol of “American occupation” of Mexico. Even Rosa Castro, the mother of former SA mayor Julian Castro and current Democrat congressman Joaquin Castro, disparaged the Alamo’s symbolism and defenders during her activist days with “La Raza Unida”.
Of further interest is that Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who manages the Alamo, supports the redesign plans. George P. easily won his primary for re-election against several challengers who questioned his management, involvement, and plans about Alamo. He is practically assured to win the general election in November.
Some people might say that moving the cenotaph 500ft. is not that bad. However, the concern should not be so much about the distance of the cenotaph's relocation, as much as it should be about how the story of Battle of 1836 will be told. The fight for Texas liberty, its reasons, and its principles, could be watered down, minimized, and compromised for the sake of political correctness and global tourism. Let's remember that with liberals, if you give them an inch they'll take a mile.
Sadly, these redesign plans for the Alamo are probably a first step to rewrite Texas history. Unless local SA voters elect a new more Texas-focused city council and county commission, it appears people who have a liberty-first view of the Alamo have been shut out and shut up.
Remember, the defense of freedom and liberty starts in your backyard.