COMMENT OF THE DAY RUNNER-UP: HOUSTON WOULD HAVE NO PART OF THE CONFEDERACY “Where, exactly, is the intersection of Sam Houston and ‘confederate history’? March 16, 1861 — Sam Houston refuses to take the oath of the confederacy: ‘Fellow citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies . . . I refuse to take this oath.’” [Diaspora, commenting on Best Buy’s Houston Warehouse Hunt; Sunrun Comes To Town; Is That Your Mermaid House Floating in the Gulf?] Photo of Sam Houston statue at Hermann Park: elnina, via Swamplot Flickr pool
Why let silly things like facts and history stand in the way of current political correct outrage ;)
Trolls tricked people into thinking there was a group who wanted Sam Houston’s statue removed. And people fell for it!
Further to that story, Houston was ousted as governor over his refusal to support the Confederacy. However, his primary grounds were that the North would inevitably win the war and cause ruin to Texas. He refused Lincoln’s offer of 50,000 troops to prevent secession.
So at issue is his motive. It not sufficient to do the right thing, you must also *think* the right thing.
Sam Houston was a great man. I’m glad Houston is named for him. He’s a part of this city, even, today, spiritually, and he was also a very spiritual man.
Glad it will stay. like the River Oaks Theather.