Only one state flag can be flown at the same height as the American flag when the flags are being flown together–the Lone Star flag of Texas. That is because Texas is the only state that was first an independent nation before becoming a state.
At that pivotal juncture of history, Santa Anna’s army surrounded the Alamo with 1,500 or more soldiers. Depending on the source quoted, Alamo defenders numbered anywhere from 150 to 250 combatants and refused Santa Anna’s request to surrender. With that refusal, Santa Anna was certain of his chances for success and hung a red pennant from the church tower in the center of town. Clearly visible from the Alamo, the pennant signified that no quarter would be given.
After his Alamo victory, Santa Anna was arrogantly confident of waging war on the Texicans and marched after the remnant army, determined to wipe it out utterly. Staying tantalizingly out of reach, the army of Texas waited and finally closed for battle in the marshy San Jacinto fields. With cries of, “Remember the Alamo,” the Texans defeated Santa Anna and ultimately won their coveted independence.
That red pennant and the attendant arrogance from those long-ago battles are eerily similar to Obama’s attitude and behavior not only after the 2008 election, but the 2010 mid-term election as well. Intent of ramming through an agenda that is far out of line with where the majority of Americans want to be, Obama and friends are continuing on their original line of march. Politically speaking, he has hung a red pennant showing no signs of acceding to the will of the majority.
Ironically enough, Texas is a bellwether state in opposing Obama’s policies and showing ways to get out of the economic stagnation the nation faces. Doubtful? Of the 214,000 net new jobs created between August 2009 and August 2010, half of them came from Texas.
Texas is a right-to-work state, so unions don’t have a strangle-hold on businesses as they do in heavily unionized rust-belt states. With jobs on the rise, people are voting with their feet and Texas’ population is on the rise as well.
The proud, independent spirit of Texas is reflected in a very active and visible Tea Party movement within its borders. They are vocal in expressing their conservative bent and opposition to the agenda Obama is desperately attempting to foist on the nation. However, this sentiment isn’t confined within the borders of the Lone Star State; it is widespread across the nation as a whole.