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
My name is John L. Hinnant, and— not that it makes any real difference—a sixth generation Native Texan.
Just wanted to get my name up front, so you will immediately know who is posting this broadside aimed at over 95 percent of you so-call Alamo Lovers. The other 5 percent are not in the line of fire. After reading this post, they will know who they are and will know why.
Rick Range is too much of a gentleman to say what I am going to say here. I, on the other hand, am not. So all of you so called Alamo lovers, get a good grip on that saddle horn. You will need it. This is going to be a rough ride.
I will start this missive with a quotation from SACRIFICED AT THE ALAMO authored by Dr. Richard Bruce Winders, a man for whom I have a great deal of respect.
“Traditionalist need not be concerned that I am suggesting that the Bexar garrison did not make the ultimate sacrifice by remaining at the Alamo. Nevertheless, it appears that they died still expecting help to arrive instead of resigning themselves to inevitable slaughter. The bickering between their countrymen, whose different motives prevented agreement on a single course of action, prevented a successful frontier defense and allowed the Centralist access to the American colonies. Left largely on its own, the Bexar garrison held out as long as it could before being overwhelmed on the morning of March 6, 1836.
Although killed by soldiers of the Centralist government, the Bexar garrison was doomed by the political infighting that raged among Texas’s revolutionary leaders.”
Dr. Winders is the only author I have ever read that puts the responsibility for the Alamo disaster squarely on the shoulders of the men who did nothing—and could have—but were too busy with more personal business.
And why did they ignore the Alamo’s appeals for help?
The answer is very simple; they were too busy making sure their personal, political, and financial futures were secure to bother with the Alamo situation.
And that brings me to my message to the vast majority of those who post on this Facebook page. Your posts, tweets, and text messages are nothing but hot air. You are all mouth and nothing more.
You want to post a hot response to my words; go ahead. I scoff at your meaningless words; just more hot air.
Rick Range created this website and social media platform in an attempt to keep you informed about the Bush plan to Reimagine the Alamo, and all you do is bitch and bellyache, but nothing more than that.
Rick Range jumped into the political race against George P. to try to stop the Reimagine the Alamo plan.
What do you do? Continue sitting on your hands and shouting out “Go get’em, Rick.” More nothing but hot air.
Your total inaction proves my words. Think not? OK; exactly how much financial aid have you sent to Rick? Oh yes, the numbers prove that most of you have sent not one red cent to help Rick with his campaign expenses.
A mere handful of those posting on the Facebook page or visiting the website have given financial aid to Rick. They are the ones not in the line of fire of my broadside. They are the ones that are to be applauded for their help. They are the ones that can look back and say, “I GAVE! I TRIED.”
I know it for a fact that you all have let Rick Range personally carry the burden for over 90 percent of this campaign to save the Alamo out of his own pocket. Literally, 99 percent of you supposed Alamo defenders have contributed ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to help, not even 10 dollars.
There is still time to make a difference in this race if you are willing to put just a little bit of money where your mouth is. Even with his millions, George P. Bush can still be defeated IF we are able to get the word out. That takes money.
John L. Hinnant
God and Texas