Welcome to Pride in America Month. Every day in the month of June and through Independence Day, we will be highlighting a figure who has demonstrated and defended American values. Consider it a healthy alternative to the Left's June celebration that has taken over the media and corporate America.
Any child growing up in the 1950s recognized the name Davy Crockett. Boys and girls alike idolized the "King of the Wild Frontier," whose thrilling adventures came to life in a popular TV series that debuted in 1954. However, the true story of Davy Crockett was even more extraordinary than the tales portrayed on screen.
Born in 1786 in what is now Tennessee, Davy Crockett came into the world after the War for Independence, during a time when Americans were eagerly looking westward. Young Davy started working at the age of 12, gaining experience as a cowboy, hatter, and ranch hand. In 1813, he enlisted in the Tennessee militia, fighting against the Creek Indians and later serving under the future President Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812.
In addition to his military pursuits, Crockett became involved in politics. He served multiple terms in the Tennessee General Assembly and was eventually elected to Congress in 1826. Throughout his tenure, Crockett actively participated in crucial debates of the era. Notably, he took a stand against President Jackson's Indian Removal Act, earning the respect of the Cherokee people but disdain from his constituents.
After losing his bid for reelection in 1835, Crockett told a local newspaper, “I told the people of my district that I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not, they might go to hell, and I would go to Texas." True to his words, Crockett went to Texas.
While the earlier part of Davy Crockett's story mirrors that of numerous American pioneers and patriots, it was in Texas that he would cement his legendary status. Davy Crockett led a band of men to Texas to take part in the revolution against Mexico, meeting the army of General Santa Anna at the Alamo Mission in San Antonio. You know how the story ends — nearly every defender, including Davy Crockett, perished in the battle.
Despite attempts by woke academics to deconstruct and demythologize Davy Crockett, his legend still looms large over our nation's history. He embodies the pioneering spirit, self-sufficiency, the citizen representative, and the fight for freedom. America today could benefit from more men like Davy Crockett.
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