Revisionist History Remodeling the Texas Alamo on politically correct tourist trap lines?

The Texas Land Commission, now run by George P. Bush, is remodeling the Alamo in a project called "Reimagining the Alamo." Not everyone is happy about it.

According to John Griffing, writing in the Daily Caller:

Texas and its most sacred and iconic historical sites – like the Alamo – are under constant attack by patronizing pseudo-intellectuals who only seem to care about history when it involves blind and uncritical acceptance of "alternative facts" about our state's past.

Historians now "know" that the Lone Star State (along with the entire American Southwest) is built on land "stolen" from Mexico, that Jim Bowie was a staggering drunk and that Davy Crockett "may" have surrendered to the Mexican Army instead of being killed in action swinging "Old Betsy."

For some, these "alternative facts" make the Alamo a symbol of racism and imperialism that should be "re-imagined," at least according to the Texas Land Office.

Griffing is (and others are) right that the old Franciscan mission's most significant event was the fight to the death for freedom by 189 Texas patriots, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett in 1836, and that should be what is most treasured and featured. The Land Commission thinks different and wants all eras associated with the Alamo to be treated with equal weight.

There's some merit in recognizing and remembering the Franciscan missions as well, given that they were pivotal to Texas's settlement in a difficult territory, as well as the role of the native peoples, (some of whom were cannibals), but the pivotal event – the one that opened the gateway to the U.S. becoming a continental power – certainly includes the Alamo. Treating all of these events as equal not only smacks of political correctness, but also makes little sense from a tourism perspective, which is what the whole remodeling is about in the first place. Tourists come to the Alamo to see the place where the Texas patriots made their last stand.

Particularly galling is the Land Commission's plan to remove the Cenotaph, the traditional monument to the defenders of the Alamo, to some basement, to "protect" it. The commission says it really does mean to restore it, which opponents aren't buying.

And the intransparency of contract work with NGOs is disturbing. In Los Angeles, we all know that these partnerships in the restoration of the old mission in Los Angeles near Olvera Street was rife with thievery from these NGOs.

All the same, there may be some overheatedness in this ferocious desire to honor and protect Texas's history.

The commission itself says the spot will be preserved as the sacred place it is to Texans and won't be turned into a café-laden Disneyland of tourist-trap attractions as had been claimed. The commission actually makes a pretty good case that the Alamo as it is has become a tourist trap, as these photos on its front page show.

The plans to put a glass wall around it actually sound pretty good, even though the commission has said it has scrapped those plans, probably due to public pressure. The glass floor to reveal the original Franciscan mission layout seems good, too, although it may interfere with restoring the Alamo to the way the Texas patriots viewed it, so the conflict is obvious.

What does it show here? It shows that neither the Bushes nor the bureaucrats are particularly trusted to preserve the heritage of the Alamo in a way that allows for Texas heroism. They may think they are doing the right thing, but there is significant fury from the public and hair-trigger conclusions about what is intended. That's a sign of distrust. And with Antifa getting away with dismantling symbols of the Old South's heritage with the removal of Confederate statues in the name of a "reimagined" political correctness, it may be a well placed distrust.

Bush and company had better go well out of their way to start including people who cherish Texas history in his efforts instead of just malcontents and political correctness aficionados. Or else the discontent will just get bigger.

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the Alamo was designated a world heritage site by UnitedNationsESCO last year. The next-in-line Bush (George Prescott - Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office {an idiotic move by Texas' voters}) is/was influential in receiving that designation and promoting it - and of course assures us it only means good things for the Alamo -...right. Trump withdrew the U.S from UNESCO a couple weeks ago. I'm curious what that means for it's U.S. based designated sites - especially the Alamo.

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BREAKING: Hillary Admits She Was Wrong About ‘Deplorables,’
White Nationalists Only ‘0.15%’ Of U.S. Population

(TeaParty.org) – Hillary Clinton, the failed liberal presidential candidate who sealed her fate by slamming half of U.S. voters as a load of racist, sexist, xenophobic “deplorables,” just came out and admitted she was wrong, Breitbart reports.

Speaking with Hugh Hewitt on his radio show about her book “What Happened,” he asked her if she actually believes that half of the American population are white nationalists and racists.

“Of the 62.9 million people who voted for President Trump, do you have a number in your mind that you think are actually white nationalist racists of that 62.9 million, a real number?” he asked.

“No, I don’t,” she said.

Still have any doubts? Later in the conversation, Hewitt asked the same question again. “Do you think there are more than a half million, you know, honest-to-God white nationalists running around the United States?”

Clinton: “Probably not, no.”

A white nationalist would like to establish a sovereign country for people of white European heritage, an idea everyone across the political spectrum finds unspeakably intolerable and offensive. Now, the woman who declared that this was the desire of more than half of Americans is saying that virtually nobody wants it. On both counts, she’s completely wrong.

There’s no doubt that Clinton is probably going to try running again for president in 2020 – if she’s even alive that long – and might be trying to absolve her guilt and pander to all those “undecideds” who instantly went MAGA the second she blasted them as no-good racist deplorables for not voting Democrat.

However, Clinton did later admit that there were more white nationalists in America than she had thought. Expressing her worries that the internet and the presidency of Trump is giving them a voice and a platform, she hinted that under her iron scepter, she will attempt to silence them.

“Unfortunately, their views, which used to be quite beyond the mainstream, you know, have a much broader audience now, because you know, of being online and having outlets and media presence that can promote those attitudes,” she said.

How many white nationalists are there in the United States? That’s a question with troublingly few answers, since for some mysterious reason the liberal mainstream media – even though it claims all the time that white supremacy is on the rise – hasn’t actually bothered to take polls and just ask people whether they are white nationalists.

Actually, there’s a simple answer to that. If such a poll were to be taken, our bet is that liberals would be very disappointed to discover that almost nobody is actually a white nationalist, and so there would be no way they could continue scaring people with those fears. A tactic Clinton has apparently given up on.

Left-wingers are entirely convinced that some vague but large majority of people who say they aren’t racists or white nationalists, actually share a lot of views with them – which is why Nazi and white supremacist have become interchangeable with Republican and libertarian.

An article by Newsweek, which polled around 5,000 in order address this very question, came up with this response:

About 70 percent of respondents strongly agreed that people of different races should be “free to live wherever they choose” and that “all races are equal,” and 89 percent agreed that all races should be treated equally. At the same time, 31 percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needs to “protect and preserve its White European heritage,” while 34 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed and 29 percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed.

Reality is, it’s a little true that some Americans do have overlapping views with white nationalists, but the overwhelming majority of respondents STRONGLY believe that the races should be free, are equal, and should be treated equally. Sounds like none of these respondents would be joining a lynch mob or waging a second Holocaust any time soon – trying to equate the preservation of white heritage with support for slavery and genocide is obviously one of the Left’s biggest lies, and the very reason why 39 percent of people in this same survey believe white people are under attack.

So Clinton changes her mind, and now says she believes less than one percent of the American population are white nationalists – did she believe there were even LESS than that during the campaign trail? Either way, she’s either just lying or plain stupid.

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