I attended a January 5 Republican Candidate Forum which gave me encouragement and disappointment. The sizable crowd gave us a strong, positive response. However, in chatting afterwards with those party activists and engaged voters, we uncovered an appalling problem.
After months of radio, social media, and personal interaction, a shocking number of people are still oblivious to the Bush Reimagine the Alamo plan that will turn the shrine into a politically-correct destination attraction. That can’t happen to the seat of Texas Independence and memorial to those who fought and died there in 1836.
We must stop it. All along this journey, we asked you to bear a warrior’s courage and let fellow Texans know what’s at stake. Many of you stepped across the line. You provided financial support, volunteer support, and social media support. Like me, you cherish our state’s history and take pride in what 1836 Defenders fought for. If you refuse to see that turned into a “destination attraction” theme park environment, then you must act—now.
Here’s the battle plan. I will continue to make as many candidate forums as possible. That’s where I will do the most good, and it’s where my volunteers will speak for me in parts of the state where I cannot be. But we don’t have enough time to cover the state county-by-county.
That’s where you come in. You are a soldier in this war. You don’t have to risk your life in Iraq or sustain devastating wounds. You have the modern weapons of social media. It’s all you need to alert friends and acquaintances of the Bush plan threat. Shout it from every platform you have. Reach across friendships and post on other social media sites. At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, invite friends over to discuss the issues. Send them away fired up and ready to carry the torch forward.
We’ve given you the ammo over the months. Load and fire. Ensure everybody you know understands how critical this Republican Primary is for the GLO, the Alamo, and our Texas heritage.
We look forward to comments about your successes on our Facebook page.
- Rick Range
According to the article, [Statewide Input Sought] the GLO has hired a St. Louis company, accompanied by a representative of the GLO, City of San Antonio, and the Alamo Endowment Board to travel around the state, collecting input from those of us whose voices have been heard through social media. Sounds great, right?
Let’s dig a little deeper. Our first reaction after reading the article was, “Slick! What timing!” Does this not smack of a political maneuver? The GLO will pay for a survey that, during the next couple of critical months, will paint the Bush Campaign as caring about what Texans want for the Alamo.
Then we looked into the composition of the team being sent out on this mission. First, the consulting firm: PGAV Destinations of St. Louis. This consultant specializes in creating dazzling attractions out of zoos, aquariums, museums, hospitality venues, and resorts. Their website gives statistics: “70% of millennials expect special places to offer immersive experiences; 80% of travelers say splurge purchases are motivated by the desire to create memories.” Does that sound like a consultant whose primary purpose is to lend dignity, honor, and reverence to a sacred shrine?
Then we move on to those who will accompany this consultant. Representatives of the GLO, City of San Antonio, and the Alamo Endowment Board. Now isn’t that an objective group? How open are they to conservative, respectful restoration of the 1836 Battle footprint? Does this smack of a political position tour where their intent is to convince Texas taxpayers that the Reimagine the Alamo Plan is right for the entire state, not just San Antonio?
More questions: Where will they go? Will they focus their travels to the major cities in the state? Specifically, those whose political climate is liberal? Will they include our small cities and towns across the state? Will they balance urban visits with rural communities for a more diverse perspective? What will this cost Texas taxpayers?
Our takeaway here is that this team is out to collect strength for their preconceived notion of what the Alamo restoration should yield. That means we must counterattack. Save The Alamo will do everything in its power to learn when and where these people will be in order to let you know. You must go to these meetings when they come to your area and make your voice heard as loudly as you have on social media. The future of the Alamo hangs in the balance.
-Save The Alamo