Barely a week has passed since the voters of Texas overwhelmingly passed a resolution in the Republican Primary Election stating:
Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site.
But George P. Bush is pressing on with his “Reimagine the Alamo” plan which includes tearing down (and supposedly repairing and moving, although experts say that can’t happen) the iconic monument outside the Alamo known as the Cenotaph (empty tomb).
He even enlisted retiring congressman Will Hurd to shill for his plan.
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has recently stepped into the fray.
“I have asked people from all across this great state about their vision for this effort,” said Patrick. “The job of oversight for this project is the responsibility of the General Land Office headed by Commissioner George P. Bush. It is evident to me that both the design, planning, and execution of the project is badly off track.”
“Nothing defines the independent and the courageous spirit of Texas more than our iconic Alamo and, like most Texans, I treasure it. The history of the Alamo is a personal passion of mine. I do not intend to sit quietly and see this project fail,” Patrick continued.
Bush has long received criticism, largely from conservative Texans, over the General Land Office and the City of San Antonio’s plan to “reimagine” the site of the Alamo—specifically, over plans to relocate the Alamo Cenotaph, a monument commissioned on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo that serves as a tombstone for the men who gave their lives in the fight for Texas independence at the storied site.
Bush continues on, confident that Texans will embrace his destruction of the Cenotaph.
He continues to defy to resolution passed by the SREC (State Republican Executive Committee) in December which reads:
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 1663, authored by SD4 Senator Brandon Creighton, passed the Texas Senate in a 19-12 vote of the Texas 86th Legislature; and
WHEREAS, we recognize the effort of our State Republican House Caucus to pass the House version of Senate Bill 1663; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 1663 was killed in committee despite the overwhelming passage within the Senate; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas decries efforts by those desiring to “Reimagine the Alamo”; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas send a strong message to our Texas leaders as well as the City of San Antonio concerning the movement of the Alamo Cenotaph: our beloved Alamo Cenotaph should “Not Be Moved, Not One Inch!”; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee and to the office of Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and to all members of the Texas Legislature.
It should be recognized that much of the “Alamo Master Plan” is good for the Alamo and for Texas. Most Texans support 70-80% of the plan, but take exception to moving (destroying) the Cenotaph, certain excavations, and walling off the Alamo compound so that the state can eventually charge admission. (They deny it, but there are ticket booths and gates in the “master plan”.)
It’s time for Texans to rise up. Call your legislators. Call the governor.
Remember the Alamo.
Not One Inch.