Remembering The Alamo

March 6 marks the
anniversary of the

fall of the Alamo
back in 1836. For more than 13
days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa
Anna`s seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the
defenders of that mission fort knew they would never
leave those ramparts alive. They had several
opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to
fight and die. How foolish they must look to this
generation of spoiled Americans.

It is difficult to
recall that stouthearted men such as

Davy Crockett
(a nationally known frontiersman and
former congressman), Will Travis (only 23 years old with
a little baby at home), and
wealthy landowner with properties on both sides of the
Rio Grande) really existed. These were real men with
real dreams and real desires. Real blood flowed through
their veins. They loved their families and enjoyed life
as much as any of us do. There was something different
about them, however. They possessed a commitment to
liberty that transcended personal safety and comfort.

Liberty is an easy
word to say, but it is a hard word to live up to.
Freedom has little to do with financial gain or personal
pleasure. Accompanying Freedom is her constant and
unattractive companion, Responsibility. Neither is she
an only child. Patriotism and Morality are her sisters.
They are inseparable: destroy one and all will die.

Early in the siege,
Travis wrote

these words to the people of Texas

"Fellow Citizens
& Compatriots: I am besieged by a thousand or more of
the Mexicans under Santa Anna. . . . The enemy has
demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise the
garrison are to be

put to the sword

. . . I have answered the demand with a cannon shot &

flag still waves
proudly from the walls.

I shall never surrender or retreat. . . . VICTORY OR
DEATH! P.S. The Lord is on our side. . . ."

As you read those
words, remember that Travis and the others did not have
the A.C.L.U., P.E.T.A.,

People for the un-American Way
, and the
Education Association
telling them how intolerant
and narrow-minded their notions of honor and patriotism
were. A hostile media did not constantly castigate them
as a bunch of wild-eyed extremists. As schoolchildren,
they were not taught that their forefathers were nothing
more than racist jerks.

The brave men at
the Alamo labored under the belief that

America (and Texas)
really was

"the land of the free and the home of the brave."

They believed God was on their side and that the freedom
of future generations depended on their courage and
resolve. They further believed their posterity would
remember their sacrifice as an act of love and devotion.
It all looks pale now.

By today`s
standards, the gallant men of the Alamo appear rather
foolish. After all, they had no chance of winning–none.
However, the call for pragmatism and practicality was
never sounded. Instead, they answered the clarion call,
"Victory or

Please try to
remember the heroes of the Alamo as you watch our
gutless political and religious leaders surrender to
globalism, corporatism, and political correctness. Try
to recall the time in this country when ordinary men and
women had the courage of their convictions and were
willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom and

One thing is
certain: those courageous champions at the Alamo did not
die for a political party or for some
"lesser of two
mantra. They fought and died for a principle,
and that principle was liberty and independence. So did
the men at


. That is our heritage.

Today, however, our
national leaders are in the process of turning America
over to the

very forces
the Alamo defenders
gave their lives resisting. On
second thought, do they look foolish, or do we?

Dr. Chuck Baldwin recently left the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida to move to Montana. He hosts a

weekly radio show
. His
website is