Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Alamo and Freedom Alliance

This is a commentary on the Freedom Alliance story claiming that the "Alamo movie filled with 'fairy tales'"....

I do have quite a few things to say about what they claim .....

They say that the movie reads more like a Disney fairy tale.....aimed at destroying a traditional American hero......

Yes, I suppose it is politically 'correct' to hide and cover up the hard facts and truths about any heroes.... in the past, present or future......

They say that Davy Crockett is portrayed as a frightened wanderer who wanted to escape over the wall in the dark of night.... during the historic battle.... but felt trapped by his own underserved herioc reputation..... For heaven's sakes... it's just a movie, people!!!!! But... but...maybe they are protraying him BETTER than that of what he was actually know to be. THey are going to add a little drama... or maybe the Alliance is just reading too much into it .... I actually dont think that they protrayed him to be doing that... he appeared concerned... but not trapped and trying to escape....

They say that 'historical evidence ' shows that he was killed fighting, in the thick of combat during the battle. How can they claim that when no one was actually left to document such 'evidence'.... Ok, here's a better one......Of course, noone WANTS to broadcast that their 'hero' be portrayed in an undesireable light.....

No one is perfect.

I do not remember in "The Alamo", (actually I rented the movie and watched it on cable a few times) Houston being/having venereal disease.... unless they spoke it in Spanish and did not subtitle it.... but then, only a person who speaks Spanish would know that then, right?

And haha, they say that Travis was a deadbeat dad and serial adulterer....come on people!!!!!........ ----flash forward---- How will a somewhat recent public official be portrayed in our grandchildren's history books??!!??

In the scene where Travis' wife states the 'grounds for divorce' ... she says.... abandonment, adultery and something else (could not understand). He says 'Well, I guess abandonment is most appropriate.' She says 'Any of them will do' and he looks at her. How do we know that SHE is not the one who committed adultery... she is the one who listed it on the paper. He only said abandonment... (((not that he is just saying that to protect her feelings if in fact he DID commit adultery))) she could have been lonely and well,...... who knows. Not that I am taking up for him or anything... it's just a different way of looking at it. The scene is very subtle and non-disclosing.... maybe to not draw too much attention to the situation. Maybe she did commit adultery... and maybe the script writers worded it that way to provide the 'truth' (in a subtle way) AND to not bring additional shame upon Travis' legacy (by having his wife be an adulterer - maybe that's the subtlety - just a thought))

I have not seen the original 'Alamo' in a very long time but do plan on watching it as soon as I get a free moment between dealing with sick children and working. I am curious and anxious to note the differences in the movies as well as read books and compare and contrast the information in each.

Just food for thought....

In the Freedom Alliance article, they basically are saying that we must preserve.... vigorously defend the heroes...and just to sit back and allow them to be desecrated is an injustice to American students and a recipe for disaster.... My question to them.... have they read the newspapers later or in the past 6-8 years? What about our 'heroes' we have in today's world? We have a lot of great heroes, definitely. THere are some that have a few indiscretions. All the current information is usually published. What about the public officials that have been in the past who made 'it known' discretely, of course, that they had 'others' while they were married? Although I think he was overall a good public official....A quick example would be a 'recent public official.' What about him? HOW will he be portrayed? Do you think it will/should be left out of future history books HIS history? These types of things are / have become 'part' of our culture. The fact that there was certain things done, etc. a few hundred years ago should not be surprising. And I am not saying that the movie was correct, because I do not know (presently) that much about that time period or about the Battle of the Alamo.... but I am learning. And if Hollywood wants to 'ad-lib' a little I think that they should have that freedom, within certain limits. I do not think that they would purposely portray a war hero to be less than he actually was. I think that they may portray him to be at least a little better than he actually was. And the reason I dont think that they would downgrade a hero is because of the American people as a whole... the morale, etc. and the way we are viewed by other countries. I could see another country downgrading one of our heroes, but not our people.

Anyway... I could go on and on but I will close for now.

1 Comments:

Blogger mar_cast said...

Same here! We need some new heroes to talk about in class! Its great to preserve, but also better to expand!

9:22 PM  

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