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First Published in 1994


America Is Under Siege The Alamo
William Barret Travis (1809-1836). Commander of the "Texian" Forces at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio for thirteen days - Feb.  1836 to March 6, 1836.


We all know the facts and/or the legend of “The Siege of the Alamo” in San Antonio, Texas in late February and early March of 1836.  A pitifully small number of Texans (or “Texians”) and American volunteers (about 180 men, plus a few women and children) determined to defend an old mission church called the “Alamo” that they had previously captured from its small Mexican garrison, fortified it, and eventually resisted a vastly superior enemy force—the Mexican Army of at least 1400 soldiers, under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794-1876) thereby enshrining the term: 13 days of glory”, into our American lexicon.  The Commander of the Alamo’s defenders, young Lt. Colonel William Travis (1809-1836), age 26, realizing that his situation by early March, 1836 was virtually hopeless, vowed to defend the Alamo to the end.  Gathering the remaining defenders on Saturday, March 5, 1836, Travis, according to the “Legend of the Alamo”, gave a short talk to his ragged and battle-weary men. 

According to Mike Cox, writing in TexasEscapes.com, the story of the ‘Siege of the Alamo’ has gone down in history, although what parts are ‘facts’ and what parts are ‘legend’ may forever remain conjectural.  Cox wrote:  “(Travis) gathered his fellow defenders that Saturday afternoon and gave them a speech.  ‘We must die,’ he began.  ‘Our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death.’  He saw three possibilities:  Surrender and summary execution, trying to fight their way out only to be “butchered” by Mexican lancers, or ‘remain in this fort…resist every

assault, and sell our lives as dearly as possible.’  Then, with a flourish, Travis drew his sword and slowly marked a line in the dirt.”

Lt Col William Travis Line in the Dirt
Lt. Col. William Travis makes a "Line in the dirt at the Alamo," telling the remaining defenders: "Those prepared to give their lives in freedom's cause, come over to me."

This is the point that the legend was born, for Travis’ words were reported by only one possible surviving witness—Louis Rose, a French soldier of fortune who declined to ‘cross the line’ and who managed to escape through the Mexican lines, (surviving to 1850 and telling this story—although some sources claim that two men declined to “cross the line”).  Rose was reported to have declared that Travis said: “Those prepared to give their lives in freedom’s cause, come over to me!”  And all except that one, or possibly two—DID!   Obviously each defender knew that it was a death sentence to step across that line, but still they did.  These heroic patriots, by their valiant sacrifice on Sunday, March 6, 1836, bought those thirteen days that Sam Houston needed to raise his military force, and ultimately the struggle for the eventual independence of The Republic of Texas was won.

We who value freedom should honor the valor of these men who fought and died to bring liberty to the future Republic of Texas.  They were from all over the U.S. at the time, and a few were from other countries.  In their ranks were a few black slaves who fought beside their masters and perished with them (although one brave enslaved man, badly wounded fighting with the other defenders, was spared by Gen. Santa Anna and allowed to leave with the women and children and a few other non-combatant enslaved men.

Historical Plaque in the Front Entrance of The Alamo
Historical Plaque in the Front Entrance of The Alamo.

The most well known of the Alamo defenders were:

  • Colonel William B. Travis (1809-1836)—Commander of the Army of Texas Independence at the Alamo;
  • Colonel Davy Crockett (1786-1836)—Former Congressman from the State of Tennessee;
  • Colonel Jim Bowie (ca. 1796-1836)—Large landowner and designer of the famous “Bowie knife”;
  • Micajah Autrie (1793-1836)—A veteran of The War of 1812;
  • 2nd Lieut. James Bonham (1807-1836)—Leader of a group of Alabama militia.

All Americans should know—but obviously we all don’t know—that the price to maintain our freedom is “eternal vigilance”, and more.  If history teaches anything, it is that the price of political and religious freedom is often paid with the blood of patriots and people of faith (who should be patriots) who have dared to step across their own personal “line”, telling the enemies of freedom and God:  THIS FAR AND NO FARTHER!  Today we who call ourselves Christians or Jews and patriots find ourselves in a quandary not entirely of our own making.  If we are real born again Christians who have given our hearts and lives to our LORD and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, our eternal destiny is secure. 

Still, we who love our country, despite its many imperfections and despite the sad truth that our once God-fearing and worshipping land has increasingly turned its back upon the ONE who gave this land to us, and who want to preserve, to the best of our abilities, the God-endowed freedoms passed to us by our forefathers and mothers, find ourselves torn between the heavenly and the profane.  How much should we concern ourselves with this world—with this wonderful yet imperfect country that fewer and fewer Americans claim to love—since we are here for such a brief time compared to the span of eternity? 

Should we, as faithful Christians and Jews, be so “Heavenly minded” that we are of no earthly good, or should we devote our entire efforts as patriots to the realm of politics and continue the endless struggle to pass some heritage of freedom to our descendants as we await our Messiah’s  return, or appearance?  The Biblical Book of Romans seems to teach that a balance is required.  We are instructed to be good citizens and give honor and obedience to those in government who are put in positions of authority over us. (With the disclaimer, of course, as I have previously written in “Romans 13: Are Americans Being Deceived For Lack of Knowledge?”—originally published on Feb. 3, 2020 by The Times Examiner—that our honor and obedience be given only to the extent that those in authority over us are themselves OBEDIENT to our ultimate governmental authority in the U.S.--- our Federal Constitution.)

How can we as people of faith, or Patriots, be only “in the world” yet not concern ourselves with the often unspiritual processes of preserving our crumbling civilization against the attacks of the infidel barbarians both within and without our gates (and I’m NOT speaking solely of the Islamic pestilence within our midst).  How can we, as people of faith and/or patriots, ignore the freedom degrading encroachments by our increasingly authoritarian Federal government, and particularly by the totally Marxist and America-hating United Nations Organization, against our constitutional liberties?  Do we need the wisdom of Solomon to solve our national problems?  Probably not (considering how many “wives” and “concubines” he had, I question his wisdom).  What we do need, without any doubt, is a return to the “intestinal fortitude” of earlier times on the part of Christians, Jews, and patriots of today.  As Gen. George Patton might have said:  WE NEED GUTS!

It seems to me that recent generations of Americans have been departing from the “basics” of being good citizens and maintaining a humane and safe country.  We have let Supreme Court decisions of questionable constitutionality tear apart the fabric of our society over recent decades with little more than a whimper of protest,  while we beg Congress to pass laws to overturn bad decisions by the Supreme Court. (For most of that time, Congress has remained mute—unwilling to significantly alter the course toward collectivist destruction that seems to have been “mandated” for our American republic.)  

We as people of faith—patriotic Christians and Jews-- have remained virtually silent as the Supreme Court, abetted by the American Civil Liberties Union, rips our Christian and patriotic heritage from our government controlled schools, those “Institutions of Induced Ignorance”, from various governmental bodies, and even from our workplaces.  We as people of faith have believed the lies of the leftwing ACLU, the scurrilous and anti-Christian/anti-conservative pro-Marxist Southern Poverty Law Center, and other enemies of Western Civilization, that the U.S. was not founded originally as a Christian oriented nation, and that our Founders were mostly deists or were not Christians at all.  We gullible Christians have believed the LIES that our federal Constitution requires a “separation” of Christianity, or faith, from our entire governmental and educational structures and, indeed, from virtually all public places.  We as Christians and Jews have believed the MYTH that our Founders required a “wall of separation” between church and state, when nothing could be farther from the truth, for NO such words exist in our Federal Constitution, and have only been “discovered” in past decades to exist therein by certain despicable men in black robes.

Because we as Americans and people of faith have passively accepted these lies propagated by the enemies of faith and freedom, we are witnessing the increasingly rapid deterioration of our culture, almost, in the minds of many, beyond the point of redemption.  We Christians and Jews—you and I—have turned our eyes away—we’ve let fear and apathy and incorrect Biblical teaching control us, and WE allowed this to happen.  And please don’t try to deny my accusations—you know they are TRUE!  We meet in our churches and synagogues—we eat in them—and we RETREAT from the enemies of God and freedom in those same churches and synagogues

We sit in our pews and pray for our country and its leaders (if we even do that), but many of us refuse to take an active role in our political processes; we’re too timid to work on exposing the lies of the progressive/collectivist enemies of liberty and our faith (that’s “too worldly”), and we fearfully retreat from the battle to win the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans and our fellow Christians and Jews, afraid to tell the unsaved about God’s Plan of Salvation (that’s “too personal”), and reluctant to be considered as “fear mongers” or “extremists” or “conspiracy theorists” (that’s “too controversial”)  by telling our fellow Americans about the grave threats to our Constitutional liberties that are becoming more serious with each passing month, especially the grave threats that have been emanating from the Marxist/collectivist Senile Comrade Biden Administration, infested as it is with despicable globalist enemies of our freedom!

It seems to me that we as a nation of free people are doing what we appear to do best:  We are “resting on our laurels” (i.e. sitting on our hands), always believing that we are “invincible”, with vast oceans on both sides and a (once) mighty military force to protect us.  But now most of us, awaking from our decades long stupor, realize that vast oceans are no impediment to determined enemies like The Peoples’ Republic of China, The Russian Federation, and the insane and hate-filled fanatics invading us from cesspool Islamic nations, all of who have flooded our nation with millions of their ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADING spies and future TERRORISTS, along with hordes of the impoverished and diseased dregs of humanity from despicable semi-nations around the world, and in the case of our deadly enemy, Communist China, flooding our increasingly anti-American colleges and universities with high-paying “students”—i.e. spies in training.  

Our southern border with the failed “narco-State” of Mexico—a nation now dominated and basically controlled by the drug cartels who are in the process, thanks to the “welcome mat” put out by our Marxist dementia-plagued Comrade President Biden, of infesting significant parts of the U.S. with their deadly narco gang-terror and deadly drug pandemic-- is an open invitation to vast numbers of TRAINED Islamic and Marxist terrorists  who also despise America and its freedoms. Our country is now INFESTED by hordes of pan-handling unwanted illegal alien invaders from all over this planet, vast numbers of who have already infiltrated themselves into all areas of our nation, bringing who knows what diseases and their demands to be supported by hard-pressed Americans, and especially their murderous and violent narco-gangs and incipient terrorist cells and their insane and disgusting treatment of women (and their hatred of our beloved pet dogs).

Our basically “home grown” communist terrorists—AntiFa and Black Lives Matter—have rampaged with ENCOURAGED IMPUNITY throughout this nation over the past few years, aided and abetted by other so-called Americans who support, and are members of, The Klan of New Bolsheviks (i.e. the Demoncrat Party).  These same scum of the earth will surely be loosed upon our nation to pillage, loot, burn, rape, and murder in the event that former President Trump is re-elected for his second term.  You can count on this, so be prepared to defend yourself and your property, because the Marxists/globalists/brain damaged moon bats will not willingly crawl back under their rocks, where they belong.

Hatred of Christianity and Christians, especially, and to an increasing extent of Jews and Judaism, is swiftly spreading throughout much of the world, and especially here in the U.S., a nation which once prided itself on its strong support of religious liberty and the freedom to worship as one chose, and do so in peace!  As difficult as it is for some religious people to accept, physical persecution of Christians, similar to what the Jews of Europe experienced (and are increasingly experiencing again) for most of the 20th century, is not far in our national future if we continue on our present course as a nation, and particularly if the scurrilous and Marxist-dominated Demoncrat Party assumes control of our entire federal government in the  upcoming national election in November of 2024.  Should that disaster come to pass, the U.S. as we’ve known it our entire lives is finished, and further political resistance will become mostly USELESS (and probably forbidden)!

We see this strident anti-Christian, anti-Jewish insanity already making inroads among the American population, (from which they have never been totally absent), and increasing exponentially as we admit an ever-growing number of anti-Christian, anti-Jewish followers of the Satanic cult of Islam, and now perhaps hordes of the despicable Palestinians from Gaza, with their love of their elected terrorist government, Hamas, and its anti-Jewish HATE infesting our culture with their violence and insanity,  along with hordes of young Chinese communist men already in our midst, which is the same as voluntarily injecting oneself with cancer cells and then denying that anything “bad” will happen.  Without any doubt, we Americans seem to be entertaining a “national death wish”, aided and abetted by the despicable globalists who have infested our federal government.

I began this article by referring to the “line in the dirt” that the desperate yet valiant defenders of The Alamo were asked to step across back in 1836.  As difficult as it might be for Americans to accept, we who consider ourselves to be Christians, or at least God-fearing patriots and defenders of our Constitution, have just about arrived at the moment in time when WE are going to be asked to “cross over our own line” and figuratively, or perhaps soon literally, declare to ourselves, to our friends and family, to our countrymen, that WE will not allow the enemies of God, family, country, and freedom to win this battle we are in with them without determined courageous struggle and resistance (which may take many forms).  To paraphrase an old saying, “the enemies of God and country may win out over freedom loving patriots for a time, but they’ll know they’ve been in one humongous struggle”!

Of course, we as Christian and Jewish Patriots need to do what our Heavenly Father told us to do long ago, in 11 Chronicles 7:14:  “If my people (i.e. People of Faith) who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from THEIR wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive THEIR sin and will heal their land.”  Our God is telling His people—Christians—Jews--US—to turn from OUR sins (our wicked ways) before He will heal our land.  It appears to me that that verse is GOD’S “LINE IN THE DIRT” that all people of faith and all Patriots must “step across” before we have any hope of saving our deteriorating freedoms.  Christians and Jews and those who love liberty have known these words for centuries, but we mostly ignore them until some national calamity threatens.  Well, many Americans believe that calamity, mostly of our own making, is just about on us.  Will faithful patriots have the “guts” to step across God’s “line” in confidence and faith , or will we continue to cower in fear and “pray about it”?  Each one of us must make our own choice, so make  yours soon!



A native of Cleveland, Ohio, W. H. (Bill) Lamb is a graduate of Cleveland State University (Ohio); being graduated in 1960, he moved to South Carolina in 1964.  For many years he was an Industrial engineer, Chief Industrial engineer, and plant manager in the steel, electronics, and apparel industries in Ohio, South Carolina, and Alabama.  In his younger days, he was an avid hiker in the Southern mountains, a target shooter, and is still an avid student of both American history and ancient Egyptian history.

He is an avid and long-time writer, concentrating on political and cultural issues of concern to America's Christian Patriot community.  He was published in the Lancaster, S.C. "News" during the mid-to-late 1960's, and has been a Local Columnist published in the Greenville, SC The Times Examiner since 1999.  The late and great Christian Patriot, Col. Bobby Dill, was his first Editor. During those years he has had several hundred articles published in The Times Examiner, which he always refers to as "a great journal of truth"!  

He has had one book published, a 120-page novel set in our future, titled "The History of Our Future", and two unpublished  750-page sequels "Waiting in the Wings" to be published "someday".  Bill has been married to Barbara for 65 years, has two adult  (and aging) kids,  five grandkids, six great-grandkids, and a "feisty and opinionated" 80 lb. Pit Lab named Hayley, who admittedly runs the entire house.

A very long-time member, with Barbara, of The patriotic John Birch Society, he believes that it is the duty of ALL Christians to also be dedicated patriots and do everything possible to both resist the evil of collectivism that is smothering Western Civilization and to do his best to educate and motivate his fellow Americans in the preservation of our unique Constitutional Republic, and most importantly, to share the love of his Savior with others.