One of the dumbest controversies ever, even in the rich brew of Texas politics, erupted last week when a fear that the Alamo would at worst “fall under control of the United Nations” or at least have to fly the UN banner instead of the Texas flag, gained traction.
It all happened in the wake of something that seemed simple, the hallowed former battleground, and the other sites which comprise the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, have been nominated to be added to the UN’s UNESCO World Heritage List.
That’s it. Added to a list. More tourists. Somehow that got interpreted by some people that the UN was taking ownership of the shrine away from the state of Texas.
Apparently, things got so serious that the state’s General Land Office had to issue a press release shooting down what was fast growing into an urban legend.
None of this had to happen. People have apparently forgotten who is the Texas Land Commissioner who heads up the GLO. His name is Jerry Patterson.
Jerry Jones is more likely to move the Dallas Cowboys to Washington, DC, than Jerry Patterson is to give away the Alamo to anyone, let alone to the United Nations.
Patterson is an ex-Marine fighter pilot, the epitome of the straight-shooting Texan, and that’s literal. The author of the state’s Concealed Handgun Act, he keeps a five-shot revolver tucked into a boot.
He once called for kicking California, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut out of the U. S. Jokingly. We think.
To settle a land dispute between Texas and New Mexico, he challenged the New Mexico land commissioner to a duel. “I think I’ll just wing him,” Patterson said.
His response to the UN rumor was two words. “Horse hockey.” Horses don’t play hockey but they do...you know. The UN flag? Just imagine any European Union bureaucrat who tries to lower the Lone Star from the Alamo while Jerry Patterson is land commissioner.
Do the words “San Jacinto” ring a bell?—M.B.