At Empower Texans, we celebrate the spirit of the Texas Revolution every day — that’s even why our logo contains the distinctive star and cannon of that early Texan flag.
 
On this day in 1835, in the small town of Gonzales, Mexican soldiers and Texas militiamen faced off. The Mexican army was there to take back a small cannon Mexico had given the colonists as defense against hostile native Americans. 
 
The Texans had refused, so the 100 dragoons were sent to retrieve it. After a standoff, the opposing forces clashed in what became the Texas Revolution’s first battle. The Texans fended off the Mexican soldiers, and kept their cannon. 
 
Less than a year later, on April 21, 1836, independence was achieved at San Jacinto!
 
As Texans, we have a proud tradition of self-government and dogged determination. We value property rights, individual liberty and the rule of law. That’s why the nation has been moving to Texas… and those that haven’t are looking to us to lead by example.
 
But there are those who would turn the Lone Star State into Texafornia. They want us to sacrifice liberty, property and prosperity at the liberal altar of big-government cronyism. 
 
To them, like our forefathers, we must boldly say, “Come and take it!”
 
We will only keep Texas strong by keeping Texans informed and engaged. To do that, we need your help.
 
On this “Come And Take It” Day make a special contribution of $18.36 to keep the spirit of the Texas Revolution alive and growing for future generations.
 
As Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said, “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
 
So let’s get to work!
Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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