Happy 178th Birthday, Texas

On this day in 1836, Texas declared itself a free and sovereign nation.

For the following ten history filled years until it was annexed by the U.S. Government, Texas fought for its freedom and liberty beginning with an historic slogan directed at the Mexican Government.

Gonzales Battle Flag

Our finest U.S. Senator(soon to be the Senior Senator from Texas), Ted Cruz, issued a statement for the occasion.  As always, Sen. Cruz was clear and precise.

“Courage and a love of liberty have long been defining characteristics of the Texas spirit. Both were exemplified 178 years ago when fifty-nine delegates convened in Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas’ independence.

“Inflamed by General Santa Anna’s refusal to abide by the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and inspired by the United States’ first Declaration of Independence, the men produced their own Declaration and resolved ‘that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic.’

“The same love of ‘life, liberty, and property of the people’ that spurred the Texians at the Alamo and throughout the Revolution still lives in each Texan today. They fought for it. They died for it. We owe it to their sacrifice to carry the torch of freedom for future generations. And we will.

“Keep that resolve strong and when anyone threatens our liberties, proudly say, as only a Texan can, ‘come and take it!’”

For long time or life long Texians these words are instilled early on and accepted without question, as evidenced by our state song which was adopted in 1924.

Verse 2:

Texas, O Texas! Your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far.
Emblem of freedom! It sets our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.

Verse 3:

Texas, dear Texas! From tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes! We come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.

So Happy Birthday, Texas.  May you continue to be a beacon of freedom and liberty in these troubling times

4 Responses

  1. How did I ever miss that portion of history??? Man! I have so much to learn, and at this rate, I’ll NEVER catch up! That sounds so fascinating –Texas was its own country?? Were those ten years of fighting, against the U.S.? Or against Mexico? Or both? Where can I find a good history, sir?

    • Just do a search for Texas History, there are pages and pages of info.
      The ten years mentioned included the brief war to defeat Santa Anna’s Army, then the struggle to form a government, deal with the war debt with a populace that wasn’t fond of taxes(and still isn’t) along with the continuing struggle to maintain its sovereignty from Mexico that had ambitions of retaking the territory. This culminated with the annexation of Texas, which eventually led to the Mexican-American War. Just think what could have been, we had a standing Army in Mexico City in Sep 1847 after the city was surrendered after losing every battle. The U.S. Government annexed Texas, but they really should have annexed Mexico. Just think of all the problems we now have because it was left to flounder as a failed state while importing their poverty to us.

      • Thank you! So THAT’s what the U.S.-Mexico War was about!

        • You are welcome.
          As for the M-A War, that was part of what caused the conflict. Things had been stewing between the two governments for a while. “Manifest Destiny” was finally invoked, paving the way for the U.S. government to acquire states all the way to the left coast.

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