Friday, March 03, 2006
The Filibuster Has Commenced
David Van Os began at 6:05 PM on the west side of the front steps to the Capitol against a beautiful growing dusk sky. In celebration of Texas Independence Day, he began by talking about the uniqueness of Texas, being the only state to enter the union that was formerly a sovereign nation.
David paid respect to those that died at the Alamo by reading the names of the fallen, and encouraging all to actually listen to each one, acknowledging that these are real people that died to liberate Texas from the dictator Santa Ana of Mexico, just like the rest of us standing on the lawn today. He then asked for 60 seconds of silence, which he believes 170 years later, those that crossed the line would have hoped Texans would be able to do.
Standing with David during the reading of the names were Dale Henry, candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, and his wife Mary Ruth, who is the descendant of two soldier that fell at the Alamo--her great-great-great-great-great (did I get that right?) grandfather and uncle. Truly inspiring.
David read the Texas Declaration of Independence; scary, really, how similiar the reasons for separating from Mexico are as our current situation in government is. In fact, a new revolution was called for more than once by several speakers during the first two hours.
posted by snarko! at 7:40 PM
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