March 8, 2012
NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER
“To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world.”
Col. William Barrett Travis’s words from the Alamo 176 years ago have never been more apt.
Remember that old line that we typed over and over again in high school (yes, I know how that admission dates me) -- “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Well, now is the time. In fact, it is past time.
So, who will follow “Old Kathie Glass”?
Later in this message, I will call for specific action next week on Tuesday, March 13 and Saturday, March 17. But first, I want to impress upon you the need to act.
We remember Col. Travis’s powerful letters because they were not just words, but deeds – mighty deeds that changed the course of history and secured our liberty for 100 years. For what would America have been without Texas?
I’VE HEARD ENOUGH PHILOSOPHY, I WANT ACTION
Both the words and deeds of those brave men at the Alamo reflected a philosophy of freedom. But it was more than a philosophy – it was a bold idea put into action.
The ideas of liberty are unassailable, but not self-executing. Like our Constitution.
Another great quote from the Founding Fathers will not be what saves us. At some point, you have to act, or even the best ideas die.
That’s why I say, we need a Patrick Henry, not a Thomas Jefferson.
WHERE IS OUR LINE IN THE SAND?
Those men at the Alamo drew their line in the sand.
Remember Ronald Reagan’s famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing” -- the one that ended with “we have a rendezvous with destiny”? He also spoke about that kind of decision point.
Reagan said “There is a price we will not pay. There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And, “There is something going on in space and in time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”
Well, I don’t particularly like it, but whenever our son would say “but I don’t want to,” my husband Tom Glass would tell him “you don’t have to want to, you just have to do it."
Col. Travis and his men at the Alamo, I am sure, did not want to do what they did. Neither did my Uncle Claude Youngblood, an 82nd Airborne medic, want to jump out of that airplane during the Normandy invasion.
What we have to do now is not nearly as deadly as what they and countless others have done.
WHAT PRICE WILL YOU NOT PAY?
Where is our line in the sand? What is the price that we will not pay? Where is the point that they may not advance, from which we will not retreat?
Well, I’ll tell you, in a word – TEXAS!
TEXAS is the price we will not pay. TEXAS is where we will not retreat and where they may not advance.
Our line in the sand is in the shape of the state of Texas.
WE ARE IN A BATTLE FOR AMERICA
When will we decide that the time for words, just words, is over? Make no mistake about it, the battle is on. Your only decision is whether and how to fight back.
As I said in my campaign for Texas Governor, we are in a battle for America, and Texas is the battleground, but we are not battle ready.
Because we have no leaders.
We have the tools to fight this fight. It’s right there in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution.
We have the grit and determination. We’re Texans after all.
All we lack is leadership. Leaders with a plan, a practical plan to reclaim our lost sovereignty -- a path forward to strong and free Texas that will save America.
We need leaders in all areas and aspects of this fight. We need you.
We need you to get off of the couch.
Step away from the computer.
Put down the books, and join the fight.
HERE IS WHAT I ASK YOU TO DO
I ask you to join me in working for liberty within the Libertarian Party of Texas. All that it takes to be a Libertarian is to believe that people should not initiate force or fraud to achieve their goals. And that goes for government, too -- maybe especially for government.
Why Libertarian?” Well, if you believe as I do that our country and our freedom are under attack like never before, you have to agree that we must act now or we will lose both. And the only realistic and effective political action that you can take is in the Texas Libertarian Party.
Events of the past year have made clear that Washington, D.C. is broken – irreversibly so for the near term. The corrupt and broken two party system is part of the problem and cannot be part of the solution, and that is equally true in Texas.
If working within the other parties could fix things, you would have seen some evidence of it by now. You haven’t.
To paraphrase another theme from my campaign: “if you want liberty in our time, the Texas LP is not just another choice, we’re your only choice.”
But the first, most urgent need, is for you to participate in two LPT conventions next week. Much essential work is done at these conventions – it’s the beginning of the process by which we pick our nominees and party leaders, and select our rules and platform.
The convention schedule for Libertarian conventions are:
March 13, Tuesday evening (usually at 7 p.m.) -- Precinct Conventions
March 17, Saturday (time varies by county) -- County Conventions
June 9-10, Saturday-Sunday -- State Convention
If you are willing to answer this call to help me build a Texas infrastructure for liberty via the Texas Libertarian Party, please respond to this email or call me at 512-308-6936. When you respond, let me know your phone number and the county you live in. I will give you the information you need to participate.
THERE IS NO ESCAPE
The men at the Alamo vowed to never retreat and never surrender. They kept that vow.
It is even more important that we make that same commitment. As Ronald Reagan, “if we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape. This is the last stand on earth.”
And, if America is freedom’s last stand, Texas is America’s last stand. Texas must lead the way back to sovereignty.
Come stand with me. Because there is no escape.