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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Texans Love 'Last Stands' and Sacrificial Politics

Texas should just be given back to Mexico, and Bush extradited by the new Mexican government to the Hague for war crimes

WORLD NEWS
By Dallas Darling
10/07/2013

In an ever changing world, one which some perceive to be confusing and chaotic, the ideals of "last stands" have remained a constant in the mythologies of Texas. Texas's physical landscape animates with legendary and death defying feats, including sacrificial battle sites like Gonzales, Goliad and the Alamo. For many, heroic last stands have been internalized psychologically and emotionally, especially through stories, the media, schooling, and a number of well known and visited monumental markers.


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At the Battle of Gonzales, Texas's first battle in its war for independence, defenders refused to hand over a canon to Mexican troops, even hoisting a flag with the taunting words: "Come and Take It!" After a skirmish, Mexican troops retreated. At the Alamo, and after crossing a line in the sand drawn by ColonelWilliam Travis, every man supposedly fought to their deaths against a much larger Mexican force. Defenders stood and fought bravely at the Battle of Goliad, the survivors finally captured and executed.

When SenatorTed Cruz staged a filibuster against the Affordable Health CareAct, for many, such as the Tea Party Express, his stunt mirrored the Alamo, Gonzales, and Goliad. Crossing lines, defending canons, sacrificing for a cause, and making last stands are points of honor and rallying cries. Texans even view brief "stands" more importantly than a strategy or final outcome. And if he is unable to reach his goal, his "against all odds" performance will be a victory, a government shutdown a badge of honor.


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Like Senator Cruz, Texas State SenatorWendy Cruz is a rising political star. She staged an eleven hour long filibuster, blocking legislation that was to create new abortion regulations. Along with embarrassing Governor Rick Perry, Texans and the national media lauded her last stand politics. Her celebratory "against all odds" action has also propelled her into the spotlight. Once an obscure state senator, she has announced her candidacy for Texas's governor's race against RepublicanGreg Abbott.

Although State Senator Davis is a Democrat and Senator Cruz a Republican, Texans adore heroic individuals who make last stands and fight to their deaths. Such notions have become archetypal, and they have been around for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks admired the man or woman who was able to battle past personal and local historical limitations, and who had to undergo certain rites of passage. Even if the heroes were killed during their "against all odds" struggles or last sands, they were reborn.


Historical truths are usually reshaped through time to fit the demands and perceptions of contemporary society. However, one historical fact appears to have never be filtered or altered, at least for many Texans (and probably for most Americans). They still adore stories and legends about romantic or heroic struggles, about crossing lines and last stands, and of fighting to the death. But not only does this archetype serve as an internal need for self identity, it is used to justify the quest for statehood and nationhood.

It can even be used to encourage a nation to embark on imperial quests. Whether Democrat or Republican, former Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W.Bush, and George W. Bush applied heroic narratives, including crossing lines in the sand, making last stands, and sacrificially fighting to the death, to their imperial wars against Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Rites of passage entailed the young dying in foreign lands. The real tragedy was never questioning how the victim became the victimizer.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-ZReading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some NationsAbove God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.








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