Like a modern day Colonel Travis, Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R- Fredericksburg) spoke at the Alamo at a press conference on Friday, September 14, 2018, and challenged Texas legislators, state officials, and citizens to defend Texas' most sacred shrine of liberty. He asked that the Alamo Master Plan be negotiated, if not defunded, by the state legislature to avoid the relocation of the Cenotaph and/or the altering of Texas history.
However, a news reporter asked a curious and revealing question regarding the opposition to the Alamo Plan. The reporter wanted to know why some people oppose moving the Cenotaph to a “free-speech zone”?
First, the question shows the continued lack of understanding about the reverence many Texans have toward the Alamo defenders and the Cenotaph. Moving the Cenotaph is like moving Lord Nelson’s statue from Trafalgar Square, or moving the Arizona Memorial from Pearl Harbor.
Second, why would the Cenotaph be moved to a “free-speech” zone? Is it considered a symbol of free speech that might offend some people? Will Alamo Plaza become a “safe zones” where some people are not offended?
And why do we need free-speech zones? Is free speech going to be restricted in the rest of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, and America?
Fourth, why do we need to change one of Texas’ premier tourist attractions? Neither tourists nor residents ever asked for this re-imagining. San Antonio Establishment politicians and progressives, aided by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, have made backroom dealings and proven they cannot be trusted to properly honor the history of the Republic or its people.
Finally, it is ironic and sad that a news reporter apparently does not recognize the dangers of a government, whether local, state, or national, establishing zones where free speech can be exercised. That thinking can put a society on a dangerous and slippery slope.
The majority of the local news media in San Antonio have not given the opponents of “Re-Imagine the Alamo” equal and/or objective press coverage. Some news reporters and editors have ignored and/or been critical of opponents and their opposition.
It is not surprising that many state legislators and elected officials have been kept in the dark as the media spins the news reports in favor of a progressive and pro-Re-Imagine agenda. The truth will make us free, but keeping citizens in ignorance serves the purpose of tyrants and establishments.
The Alamo Cenotaph must not be moved, and Texas state legislators need to be informed properly so they can protect it. But if we have news reporters who believe in zoning, limiting, and restricting free speech, the truth becomes difficult to hear or read.
Texas and America are on a slippery slope if the Alamo and its history are tampered with by progressives who want to limit free speech to certain zones. Freedom and liberty cannot be constrained to geographic areas, history cannot be changed to appease certain people, and the press must be objective.
Texans and all citizens should support Rep. Biedermann in his efforts to preserve Texas history and specifically the Alamo. Citizens and voters must speak to the Texas legislature to prevent the altering of the site, its history, and minimizing the Battle of 1836.