VB's Column: Of Davy Crockett and Impossible Burgers

I find myself wondering what those men—Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel William Travis—would think of the country they died for if they could visit it today.

I just finished reading Brian Kilmeade’s great new book “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers.” Whenever I read a story like this, of brave men who put it all on the line for a cause, I find myself wondering what those men—Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel William Travis—would think of the country they died for if they could visit it today.

Hard to know, but maybe a quick sampling of headlines in the news this past week could give us an inkling:

“Burger King sued by vegans who say the new Impossible burgers are cooked on the same grill as beef patties.”

“Are Ben+Jerry’s cows actually happy? That question will be settled in court.”

“College students want head of security fired because he was once stationed at Guantanamo Bay.” (UNC-Charlotte)

“Massachusetts Senate to debate plastic bag ban.”

“Town plans ‘Frost Fest’ instead of Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.”

My guess is Crockett, Bowie, and Travis would initially be apprehensive about visiting present-day America, for fear that they’d discover the country they’d fought and died for had gone soft. But after reading these headlines, there could be no doubt that these great men would be pleased to see that the spirit of The Alamo is indeed alive and well in 2109, and they would surely rest easy knowing there are brave men/women/X willing to fight for what is right.

And, wouldn’t it be fun trying to explain to Mr. Crockett what the ‘X’ in that last sentence is all about?

-VB

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