|TNS Austin, Moore's flagship at the Battle of Campeche|
|Commodore Edwin Moore|
Texans, however, love a hero. They demanded and got an aquittal for Moore. Houston sold the Texas Navy for spite. For some reason he hated the navy. It might possibly be because the presence of a successful navy guarding our shores from a threatened Mexican invasion, might have delayed Texans from entering the Union. Houston always saw himself a big fish in a larger pond and delays in becoming part of the U.S.A. would have denied him any shot at the US presidency! I suppose he was afraid Texans wouldn't clamor for U.S. protection from a Mexican invasion if the Texas Navy was still at sea sinking Mexican troop ships. For that matter Democrats still don't have any interest in protecting us from a Mexican invasion. Ain't history instructive?
|Ugly 70 foot tall statue of Sam Houston|
Fast forward to 1994. Democrats, get over being mad at Houston for opposing secession, build a giant ugly statue of him alongside a Texas freeway going toward the city of Houston.
Texans, finally fed up with Democrats, dump most of them in 1996 elections.
Texans live happily ever after.
*At least that's how I would have spun the new Texas History books instead of the way progressives have done it.