PRESERVATION FOR PRESERVATION'S SAKE
Many monuments are a link to the past. Even if very distant, they allow us to remember how far we have come as a species and they put our own lives into perspective. Take the Alamo for example.
It gives a tangible link to our past, reminds us that Texans have been around and doing quite impressive things for a very long time, and allows us to see first-hand where our ancestors fought. That leads us to the second point.
We can learn from our past and many people find Texas history interesting. The educational or entertainment value of actually visiting a piece of the past in infinitely greater than merely reading about it. There is also a second level to this.
Texas pride cannot be underestimated. The Alamo, mentioned earlier, is a key example. For many Texans, it reminds them when of the sacrifice made to achieve Liberty and Freedom. In La Porte, Texas, San Jacinto sits proudly next to the reflection pond reminding Texans of the time when Republic of Texas and why we even have a Texas today. Not all pride comes from military conquest, however. Take Spindletop Gusher in Beaumont, Texas for example.
Spindle Top played a huge role in the development of not only our state but the entire nation. Without it, many of the oil companies we know today wouldn't exsist (and gas prices would be through the roof!
TO NEVER FORGET
It's important to remember our history and learn from it. When we allow history to be forgotten, we forget not only where we came from but we also forget our values. In this modern era, where our understanding of the importance of history is virtually absolute. The pictures coming across our screens of statues being pushed over, stone carvings being hammered to oblivion, or symbols being spirited away to who knows where run the danger of imposing a form of cultural Alzheimer's on the arc of recorded history. Some of these artifacts, and their significance to the Texas story, are likely gone forever and we'll forget about them soon enough. Do you remember what the Travis Park Monument stood for? Do you remember the words on the monument? It was removed in 2017, less than 4 years ago. See our point?
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history," wrote George Orwell. That applies not only to the troubled people of Iraq and Syria, but to us Texans as well as these vital "connectors" to our beginnings lie in ruins. As one archaeologist put it: "No history, no culture, no past."
Nothing else quite compares to this in the modern era. Groups like Black Lives Matters, Antifa & the liberal left, that can sever monument heads would give little thought to severing our connection to the past. They are like cancer cells -- disconnected, dangerous and clearly deadly. Something sinister awaits those who become better known for what they destroy than what they create.
History doesn't exclusively disappear through a sword, a bomb, or a mallet. It can as easily be brought about through a lack of attention to detail as it can through explosives. America is showing disturbing signs of neglect for values that once were sacred to how they worked.
Politically we have lost the art of respect and compromise, as rank partisanship severs every society it touches. Citizens are leaving the voting booth at the same time as politicians forego their commitment to authenticity. Even entire portions of government itself are disappearing through political gamesmanship and a destructive willingness to prefer the present over the future.
One only wishes we could be as horrified over such incremental obliteration as we are over the travesty of the actions of Antifa & the BLM. Around the world, history is under assault, through brutality, greed, or neglect. It will be tougher to correct our present course if we can't remember the road we took in the first place. We must protect our Texas History.
PROTECT TEXAS HISTORY
Since the founding of This Is Texas Freedom Force, we have been working on the preservation of Texas History. TITFF has traveled the great state of Texas, testified in 16 different City Halls, spoke at 8 different town halls meetings, physically stood armed at 13 different monuments, themed parade floats after our mission, spoke to hundreds of Texas politicians and testified in several hearings at the State Capitol, all in the name of protecting Texas History. During 2020 150 TITFF directors/members/supporters defended the Alamo against 4,000 Antifa/BLM rioters who threatened to burnt the Alamo to the ground. That same night several TITFF directors/members/supporters guarded the San Jacinto Monument, per law enforcements request, and foiled a plot by 7 individuals who had planned on spray painting the monument that night (all 7 went to jail). Also in 2020 TITFF won a 3 and a half year battle against the City of San Antonio & GLO and saved the Alamo Cenotaph from being moved/removed. All these incidents are great, but you don't win wars playing defense. In order to enact real safety for our Texas Monuments we must go on the offensive, and TITFF has & is doing that.
TITFF & OUR MONUMENT PROTECTION BILL
In 2017 TITFF teamed up with Senator Creighton to work on a Monument Protection Bill. TITFF & our rally attracting 1,500 armed Texans were mentioned in the 2017 bill. Unfortunately Governor Greg Abbott didn't put the bill in the Special Session. We learned a lot from 2017 and got ready to help pass our bill in 2019. In 2019 we tesified in 2 committee hearings and saw our bill passed to the Senate. Once on the Senate Floor Sen Creighton made our case to the Senate and the bill passed the Senate. The last step was the House. Unfortunately the House didn't bring our bill up to be voted on, so our bill died in the House. Once again TITFF learned from the experience and we will apply what we learned in 2021.
MONUMENT PROTECTION BILL 2021
In 2021 we have a great chance at seeing our bill become law. Since 2017 TITFF has used our time making allies in the Senate & the House, these friendlies will be voting to help pass the bill in the 87th Legislative Session. TITFF has also got the support of Texans across the state. Last but not least, we got some help from a unlikely source in 2020. See Antifa and the BLM have made our case for us on why Texas needs a Monument Protection Bill after they went on a rampage trying to destroy Texas Monuments across the state during the summer of 2020. There is nobody better to testify to this fact than the organization that stopped them from destroying several monuments across the state (TITFF). Since 2017 TITFF has been working towards this moment, the moment when we will see our bill passed & become law. Once passed these liberal City Councilmembers & Mayors will no longer be able to remove our beloved Texas Monuments. It will be a TEXAS SIZE VICTORY!!!
HOW CAN I HELP?
You might be asking, "How can I help"? First, sign up to become a TITFF Member. You can sign up at TxFreedomForce.org . Second, sign the petition to pass the Monument Protection Bill. Simply click on the black box below that says "SIGN THE PETITION TO PASS A MONUMENT PROTECTION BILL HERE". Third, write or call your representative and tell them to do right by Texas and vote yes on the Monument Protection Bill. Last, join us at the capitol!
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