This comment is put on the lips of General Santa Ana at the end of the IMAX movie about the Alamo. He has been portrayed as completely without redeeming social value throughout the film, and this is supposed to just cap it, infuriating Texans no end. If anything proves what a dork Santa Ana is, it's this comment.
Except he's right. Texans, especially San Antonians, believe the defending of the Alamo was the key event of American history, and the courage displayed there to be unequalled by the citizens of lesser states.
I am going to annoy Roper at least, and maybe Katie among my usual readers. Ben's girlfriend told me today that she had three years of Texas history and only one year of US history growing up. Texans have a perspective, and believe it is intellectually defensible on the sole basis that other Texans think so to. They have a very nice history, full of courage, interesting stories, contributions to the common weal, and so forth. Just like every other state in the union.
The reasoning is just silly. The Alamo was important because it bought time and provided inspiration for San Jacinto, which was a turning point in ripping Texas away from Mexico (don't get me wrong. Mexico doesn't have a particularly good argument that they should have gotten to keep Texas. They screwed up and were oppressors. There are risks that go with that), which was key in getting Mexico to cede large portions of the Southwest, which helped make America the sea-to-shing-sea place it is today, and so on. Great. Except that by that logic, nearly every event in history can make the same claim. Every state in the union has points in its history that can plausibly be put forward as having saved the republic. If Widow Jones hadn't been hanging up her laundry at that precise moment, she wouldn't have seen the redcoats coming... Gee Willikers, Wally! We might all be speaking Norwegian today if it hadn't been for that.
Cookie cutters in the shape of the Alamo. The tiles in the sidewalk are in the shape of the Alamo. My waffle this morning was in the shape of Texas.
Get a grip, people.