Letter: an idea for LTRV or somebody, from a concerned Gringo

Dear LRTV,

This is a bit long but please at least take time to read. I have had an idea that might help motivate Hispanics to get involved in the Republican Party, combat the right wing talkers and commentators and educate Conservative Anglos on the truth about the issues surrounding immigration reform. (please keep reading).

I am a distraught Anglo Republican (very conservative West Texas, Tea Party type) who is saddened by those in the Republican Party (Texas and National GOP) who come across as anti-Mexican. I am convinced as I listen to talk radio that two thirds of the callers are from Liberal-Democratic phone banks whose purpose is to spew angry anti-immigrant rhetoric, for the purpose of DIVIDE and CONQUER the Republican Party and to drive Hispanic People to the Democratic Party. The talk radio hosts just pour the preverbal gasoline on the fire by dishonestly using the word “Amnesty’, misstatements, misrepresentations and outright lies .

There are plenty of conservatives that are simply not angry over immigration, so we are not heard from. Out of the 17 registered Republicans in my family (all super conservative) there is only one who seems to be implacable over the immigration issue. The rest all favor a sensible comprehensive reform plan that does include a pathway to legal status and legal resident status for illegals here who are only guilty of a Class C Misdemeanor, crossing the border without permission.

This idea came to me actually during the 2008 GOP Presidential Primaries when John McCain tried for immigration reform.  I thought an enormous strategic political blunder was when George W was President; GOP had the House and Senate and nothing was done. A common sense sensible plan could have been done and many people would have been grateful to Republicans for generations.

Since 1993 I have had a small ranch related business and have been struggling with the effects of the drought and have not had the time, talents or dinero to do anything with this idea. It may be worthless or it may have merit. Someone with the skills maybe could flesh this out.

So, Here is my idea.

Name of Organization: 

1824 Republicans or 1824 Republican Constitutional Coalition (might be good to have the word ‘Constitution’  in a name).

Symbol:  (Green, White and Red 1824 Flag that flew over the Alamo when it fell to Gen. Santa Anna) Make a great bumper sticker!

 An educational organizational or PAC or whatever for the purpose of teaching Hispanics and Conservative Republicans;

1. The role that Mexican peoples played in the role of the fight for Texas Independence.

2. The historical account of support by Hispanics for a liberal (used in a classical sense) Constitutional Republic with a limited government.

3. The importance of becoming informed voters in State and Local Government

4. The importance of Hispanics becoming as Candidates for State and Local Government

5. Work within the Texas GOP to convince the party establishment to recruit and fund conservative Republican candidates (encourage the gray haired white guys to stand aside!) 

6. Register voters. Maybe having booths at Cinco de Mayo celebrations or different events, in front of stores in Hispanic neighbor hoods etc.

7. And maybe most important to confront forcefully and face to face the angry conservative demagogue’s misrepresentation of facts and issues. 

(The Liberal 1824 Mexican Constitution used the US Constitution as a pattern. A review of history reveals the efforts in Mexico by different people and groups to create a true Democratic Republic in Mexico after Mexico got its independence from Spain.) 

Theme of the organization:  “Honoring the Eight Hispanic Texans who gave their life defending the Alamo, defending a Constitutional Republic and the forgotten Mexican Patriots of Texas Independence” (This history could be used as a simple, powerful and  inspiring educational tool for motivating Texas Hispanics to become involved in conservative and Republican politics.)

The Forgotten Heroes of the Alamo and the 1824 Alamo Battle Flag.

Remember the song “The Ballad of the Alamo” says…. “Colonel Travis, Davey Crockett and a 180 more, Captain Dickenson, Jim Bowie present and accounted for…. ”  Unknown to many Texans and Americans is that Hispanics played a major role in the War for Texas Independence and that one third of the Native Texan defenders of the Alamo were Hispanics! Those 189 Alamo heroes hailed from many parts of the globe and represented a truly multi-racial, multi-ethnic force, all joined in a common cause. The defense of Constitutional Limited Government and a Democratic Republic.

Juan Abamillo  was a native Tejano who volunteered to serve in the Texas Revolution under the command of Juan N. Seguín.  On February 23, 1836 he arrived at the Alamo; on March 6 he died fighting there beside Travis, Crockett and the others.

Juan Antonio Badillo was born in Texas and also served under Captain Juan Seguín.  Badillo accompanied Seguín to the Alamo in February, but when Seguín was called out to rally reinforcements, Badillo stayed at the Alamo. Like his fellow revolutionary,  Juan Abamillo, Juan Antonio Badillo died on March 6, defending the Alamo against Mexican Federal troops.

Carlos Espalier  was born in Texas and was said to be a protégé of Jim Bowie. When he died at the Alamo, he was only seventeen years old.

José María Esparza (1802-1836), also known as Gregorio Esparza, was born in San Antonio de Béxar, Texas,  the son of Juan Antonio and Maria Petra (Olivas) Esparza. He married Anna Salazar and they had several children. Esparza enlisted with Captain Seguín in October 1835. When General Santa Anna and his army arrived in February 1836, Esparza and his family took refuge in the Alamo.  He tended a cannon during the siege and died beside it when the Alamo fell on March 6, 1836. Gregorio’s brother, Francisco Esparza, recovered his body and arranged for a Christian ceremony and burial. Most of the defenders were not given the same respect.

Antonio Fuentes (1813-1836) was born in San Antonio de Béxar,  was recruited by Juan Seguín, and took part in the siege of Béxar.  Although Fuentes had had a falling out with the Seguín and Travis,  when the Mexican troops arrived in San Antonio, he stayed and fell with the other defenders.

Damacio Jiménez, a native of Texas, also joined Seguín’s militia. Damacio had served with Colonel Travis at Anahuac and entered the Alamo in late 1835. He died with the other defenders.

José Toribio Losoya (1808-1836) was one of Capt. Juan N. Seguín’s company of Tejanos. He had been born in the Alamo barrio on April 11, 1808, to Ventura Losoya and Concepción de Los Angeles Charlé. He deserted the Mexican army to enlist as a rifleman in Seguín’s company. In February 1836, Losoya rode to the Alamo with Seguín and was there when the fortress fell. His wife and three children sought refuge in the mission chapel and survived the siege.
Andrés Nava (1810-1836) was a native of Texas who had enlisted for six months service under the command of Juan N. Seguín. He took part in the siege of Béxar and later died while defending the Alamo.

Not much is known about these eight men. Gregorio Esparza had a brother in the Dictators Santa Anna Army. But one thing for sure, they all knew that there would be no quarter given them by Santa Anna. Crocket and the other US Citizens (who were illegally in Texas) could have a hope that Santa Anna would not execute US Citizens. But these eight brave, liberty loving Hispanics knew there would be no quarter for them. But history has overlooked them. Most of the movies about the Alamo have as main characters Crocket, Bowie, Travis and Dickenson and there were very heroic men. But there other great men and boys hat died that day.

Before the Texicans declared their independence from they were fighting for the Mexican Constitution of 1824, modeled after the US Constitution. That was why the 1824 flag flew over the Alamo. In 1835 Santa Anna rescinded the 1824 Constitution which had strong State Governments and a weak federal government . He installed himself as dictator and the Texicans rebelled, declared independence and established the Republic of Texas. Lorenzo de Zavala was one of the influential members of the Texas Republic’s Constitutional Convention, a former member of the Mexican Congress and a staunch opponent of Santa Anna’s Centralism.

I was grown when I took my small children to the Alamo and as looking at the monument honoring the defenders of the Alamo I was reading the names. SHOCK! I saw the names of these Mexicans listed with the defenders. I was taught in school that it was the Texans against the Mexicans. I realized the enormity of this truth because I knew that those men knew without a doubt what fate awaited them. I began to research these men. What Heroes these men were and all people should know about them.

This link is from CNN, story how the Democrats will turn Texas Blue, Republicans need to aggressively invade the blue areas on this map.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/08/30/exp-erin-pkg-king-houston-mayoral-race-a-sign-of-political-shift.cnn.html.

Anyways, that is my idea. For what it is worth.

Gerry Cates

Abilene, Texas

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