Mexico was enduring turbulent political activity during this time frame. In 1833 General Santa Anna was elected President of Mexico, and despite initially supporting his ascent to El Presidente, Stephen Austin was having much more difficulty dealing and negotiating with the Mexicans. By 1834, Santa Anna replaced the Mexican Constitution of 1824 with his own rules, and in 1835, he dissolved Congress and assumed a dictatorship supported by the military.
Texans joined with several other Mexican states in protest of his actions, and Santa Anna quickly moved his army north to quell this dissent. As a result, on this very day 178 years ago, the early Texican’s declared their independence from the tyrannical rule of Mexico’s dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
With such a rich heritage, and being the only state in the union to have begun as a sovereign nation, we Texans have a solemn obligation to future generations to never let our legacy be challenged or re-written for political correctness. All Texans, both the natives and those who got here as soon as possible, must rally in unison as both Americans and Texans – free men and women dedicated to liberty, responsibility, and rugged persistence. God bless Sam Houston.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.