Without a doubt, we can all agree, the times we are currently living in are tough. We are currently on the brink of war, (possible World War III), with Russia, inflation is at an all-time high, governments and companies keep forcing unethical and unlawful mandates on their people and employees due to the coronavirus.
You are probably wondering why I even mentioned all this? "I thought this was going to be all about Texas Kulture, and Mostly True stories about people, places, and hot rods?"
Well, you are correct, but it will correlate. Stick with me.
Come And Take It
In early January 1831, Green DeWitt wrote to Ramón Músquiz, the top political official of Bexar, and requested armament for the defense of the colony of Gonzales. This r
equest was granted by the delivery of a small used cannon. The small bronze cannon was received by the colony and signed for on March 10, 1831, by James Tumlinson, Jr. The swivel cannon was mounted to a blockhouse in Gonzales and later was the object of Texas pride. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales—the first land battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico—a small group of Texans successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders from Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag containing the phrase "come and take it" along with a black star and an image of the cannon that they had received four years earlier from Mexican officials. This was the same message that was sent to the Mexican government when they told the Texans to return the cannon; lack of compliance with the initial demands led to the failed attempt by the Mexican military to forcefully take back the cannon.
What those volunteers did at the Battle of Gonzales, they and many a man and woman after them stood defiant against tyranny in the face of an enemy greater than themselves. With steadfastness and bravery, they stood their ground, drew their line in the sand, and dared the enemy to "Come and Take It".
As a great nation, the people of the United States of America should regain this mentality on the rights and freedoms they are so quickly allowing the powers at be, take advantage of, and trample on.
Texas still holds close those freedoms on which our country is founded upon and the majority of people know it. Just look at the growth in population and the loss in population of other states from their citizens moving here for better opportunity and freedom.
Time To Be Texan
That's why I decided over the past month to touch on this. Everyone wants to be a Texan until it's time to BE TEXAN.
Being Texan isn't just living here. It's a state of mind and a way of life. Helping your neighbors, standing up for your beliefs, doing the right thing, and confronting those who challenge those ideals and our ways of life with that same bravery and steadfastness the men and women at The Battle of Gonzales, The Alamo, Goliad, San Jacinto, and many many more.
And I'll tell you this. You don't have to be a Texan or even move to Texas to be Texan. That's why I created this new line of merch from shirts, to stickers, and more to show you are Texan.
Because that's what the world needs right now, is to be Texan.