University Pres, Activist Scolds, Try to Take “Come and Take It” Battle Cry

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Long a slogan of defiance and independence, it is little wonder that the phrase “Come and take it” now finds itself falling into disfavor with a new generation of busybodies and penny-ante authoritarians. The latest is Taylor Eighmy, president of the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA). Eighmy announced to the campus community on Sept. 7 that UTSA would no longer support the use of the phrase as an official rallying cry for the school’s football team or athletic department. “[W]e will identify the use of this phrase in our digital environment, in licensed merchandise, and in our buildings and playing fields, and will systematically and appropriately remove it,” Eighmy wrote.

Eighmy’s statement noted that USTA Athletics’ history with the phrase dates back to the adoption of its Division 1 football program in 2011. A department staff member suggested the slogan’s unique ties to the history of the local area would make it, as Eighmy explained, “an inspirational call for our fans and a direct challenge to our opponents.” The slogan then gained a following among UTSA fans and was formally adopted by the Athletic Department in 2016. Home football games at UTSA featured the unfurling of a huge “Come and take it” banner in the student section during the 4th Quarter, accompanied by the firing of a cannon.

The origins of the phrase “Come and take it” date back to at least 480 B.C. and the Battle of Thermopylae, when a Greek force led by King Leonidas I of Sparta used it as a retort to the demand of an exponentially larger force of invading Persians for surrender.

It also saw use in the American Revolutionary War, when Col. John McIntosh, commander of Fort Morris in Sunbury, Ga., used it in response to the demand of a larger British force to surrender the fort.

As concerns the UTSA situation, however, the phrase’s most significant tie is to the Texas Revolution. In 1831, the Texas colony of Gonzales had received a cannon from Mexican authorities to use for defending the colony against hostile Indians. Later, however, as sentiment in Gonzales began to turn against the Mexican government, the authorities demanded the return of the cannon and eventually sent a detachment of soldiers to retrieve it. The colonists refused and displayed a flag with an image of a canon and the phrase “Come and take it.” A skirmish ensued, during which the canon was fired at a Mexican military encampment. The Mexican troops would go on to withdraw, handing the Texians a victory in the first battle of the Texas Revolution.

Images of the “Come and take it” flag have since become synonymous with standing up to overbearing authority in a variety of contexts. It is, of course, especially popular among defenders of the Second Amendment. But its use is not limited to any particular political outlook or cause, and Eighmy admitted as much in his statement.

But, wrote Eighmy, because some of the organizations that have used it “have values and agendas that differ significantly from ours,” its use “has increasingly become incongruent with UTSA Athletics and our institution’s mission and core values.”

This is a ridiculous and unconvincing copout, as similar things could be said about virtually any common symbol, image, or phrase, including the American flag itself (which, granted, has seen plenty of disfavor of its own on college campuses).

Local media reports mentioned as an impetus for the new policy a Change.org petition started by a former UTSA professor who claimed the phrase is “steeped in racist ideology and racist history.” That petition, which garnered some 960 supporters, suggested that the phrase’s reference to the Battle of Gonzales “embodies both anti-Mexican and pro-slavery sentiments.” Given that, it’s difficult to see how the professor wouldn’t also object to the battle’s outcome or to Texas’s success in gaining independence from Mexico. This is rather ironic, to say the least, for an employee of a university that owes its existence to the State of Texas.

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of petitions on Change.org demanding the removal of symbolism associated with American history, including statues of George WashingtonThomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt. These petitions, like the one filed against the UTSA slogan, typically mention purported associations with slavery, racism, and other forms of oppression. As the New York Times reported this year (in connection with Independence Day, no less) even the U.S. flag itself, “once a unifying symbol — there is a star on it for each state, after all — is now alienating to some, its stripes now fault lines between people  … .”

All-too-predictable is the apparently anti-democratic nature of the UTSA decision, with another petition on Change.org to keep the flag and rallying cry officially recognized by the university garnering nearly 4,000 supporters as of last week.

This naturally raises the question of how much deference government institutions owe to those few who resent certain aspects of U.S. or state history so much that they are unable to recognize the larger picture of how the United States of America has been a driver of human freedom and progress. Indeed, the very ability to so openly and vehemently voice these aggrieved views is itself largely a product of the historical events and individuals they now condemn. It should go without saying that if the source of dissatisfaction with a state-adopted symbol is the formation of the state itself, then officials on the state payroll shouldn’t feel the need to be especially accommodating to the complaint.

We suspect, at any rate, that the now-retired professor who started the petition is not so outraged with the history of Texas as to be unwilling to accept a generous pension from the state treasury.

Whether the follow-up petition, as well as the expressed unhappiness of the UT Board of Regents over the decision, will have any effect on the UTSA policy remains to be seen.

In the meantime, students at UTSA should remember that even if the university officially abandons the “Come and take it” slogan, its use by private parties – including on campus and at school-sponsored events – is still First Amendment protected speech.

Because whether petty tyrants like it or not, the U.S. Constitution is still the supreme law of the land.

And while the powers that be would undoubtedly come for it if they could, your NRA and the patriots who cherish our fundamental rights are ever vigilant to see that they can’t.


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Eric Equis
Eric Equis
1 month ago

NEWS FLASH… a majority of social scientist now agree that topics and subjects declared to be “racist” will run out by Q1 2022!
What will the libtards use then?

GomeznSA
GomeznSA
1 month ago

Hey nra ila – exactly when did this become a ‘religious’ issue? Or do y’all not know the difference between cannon and canon?

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  GomeznSA

Religion was nowhere mentioned or implied in the article.

SGT_Wombat
SGT_Wombat
1 month ago

I signed the petition to keep the flag and rallying cry.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  SGT_Wombat

Petitions are fundraising vehicles to lighten the wallets of the gullible.

JimmyS
JimmyS
1 month ago

I can see into the future. “Come and take it!” will be replaced by, “Bend over and take it!” in the boot-licking, cop-sucking, “patriot” community.

Gdubb
Gdubb
1 month ago

Imagine how much of a wasteland Texas would become if Beto becomes Governor.

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago
Reply to  Gdubb

I imagine if robert francis o’rourke became governor, rangers would need a dedicated team rivalling entire US SS.

incorrigible
incorrigible
1 month ago

The left didn’t have to “Come and take” the motto of UTSA, their president gladly surrendered it! So much for the sad condition of Texas.

swmft
swmft
1 month ago
Reply to  incorrigible

next comes free tuition for illegal mexicans (yes lower case)

BigJim
BigJim
1 month ago

They will begin to lose games, then start losing members and money. Then the Board will think about losing Eighmy.
Or you can make up another slogan like “If its ickey it came from Eighmy.”

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago
Reply to  BigJim

I imagine student body will retain their slogan and publicly proclaim it. Perhaps more now that it is not officially sanctioned by the school.

nrringlee
nrringlee
1 month ago

When language does not serve the totalitarian ends of the Progressive New Left they simply change the language. They fool only their own blinded minions. These actions serve to inspire patriots and the free thinking to resist.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago

Sticks and stones can break my bones but WORDS will NEVER hurt you.
“COME AND TAKE IT” are only words!
Thus, another COMMUNISTIC ANTI-GUNNER CONTROLLER IS TRYING TO PUBLICLY CENSOR AMERICAN CITIZENS of their FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT OF SPEECH!

Armorer94
Armorer94
1 month ago

Okay , how about this motto instead:
“F**k around and find out”.

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
1 month ago
Reply to  Armorer94

Isn’t that the unspoken motto for most of us over 60 already? Let’s make it official. Well said!

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
1 month ago

Can’t let the kids have all the fun.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

NRA talks tough. That’s nice. Problem is, NRA pushes legislation creating “prohibited people” for enforcers to come and take their guns:

GCA’68
Government-Conducted “Background Checks” (de facto Registration)
“Fix” NICS
Lautenberg DVROs without American due process (fair trial by jury)
Carolyn McCarthy’s veterans disarmament law
Obamacare (LaPew helped Reid “fix” it so it could pass by one vote)

Then there’s the $10-15 Billion in member cash grifted over the last quarter century that could’ve saved the USA.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

NRA “Fat Cat”

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Knute Knute
Knute Knute
1 month ago

Might I suggest that any student with a backbone at the University of Texas switch to: “Molon Labe”?
Not only is it shorter, and sounds better, in the Latin anyway, but for anyone who doesn’t understand, it will sit up a perfect opportunity to tell the story of Thermopylae.

Knute Knute
Knute Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute Knute

Boy, if I was only getting paid by the downvote, the way you federal employees are! That’s why I never downvote. I only vote upwards, so that ya’ll make as little as possible.

Norm
Norm
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute Knute

Greek. Not Latin.

JimmyS
JimmyS
1 month ago
Reply to  Norm

I did not know that! I always assumed it was Latin. Thanks for the information!

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyS

Greece is on the other side of the Adriatic sea, that is to say the east side, and Italy is on the west side.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

No kidding, Sherlock.

Knute Knute
Knute Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyS

I. also! I’d just assumed it was Latin from the sound of it, but Thermopylae is in Greece so it’s kind of obvious when you think about it. Come to think of it, maybe Rome stole the Greek’s language too. They stole everything else from Greece, even all their Gods.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute Knute

Check out one of the best (& 1st) books ever: History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides, 2400 yrs ago. Parallels to the Vietnam War & Afiraqistan.

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Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago

The good news is, most of these idiots like Eighmy are “fully vaxxed”, and as such, the time remaining on their meter may be short.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Do you still think the IRS has closed all their offices?

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I NEVER said they had closed ALL of their offices. Just the main one in DC.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

My apologies. You said: “supposedly” the IRS will be abolished That (as far as you knew) the IRS headquarters in DC is shuttered Other offices around the country remain open with a small and decreasing staff Your “tax lady” has confirmed the IRS has undergone massive layoffs The IRS will not be abolished, the IRS headquarters in DC has not been shuttered, other IRS offices around the country do not have small and decreasing staff, and the IRS has not undergone massive layoffs. The IRS is increasing their staff signficantly. https://www.ammoland.com/2021/08/biden-administration-already-weaponizing-atf-not-waiting-for-chipman/#axzz777SnuTXz “Laugh all you like, there is tangible and highly… Read more »

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori,

Biden is hiring 87,000 new IRS agents:

https://www.atr.org/treasury-confirms-biden-plans-hire-87000-new-irs-agents-enough-fill-nats-park-twice

Do you really think the IRS will be abolished?

Do you really think the IRS headquarters in DC is shuttered?

Do you really think other offices around the country have small and decreasing staff?

Do you think there is more than a 1% chance of the US eliminating an income tax and relying on a flat sales tax on new goods?

Grigori
Grigori
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

At the time I wrote that, there was evidence that the IRS main building in DC was indeed shuttered. I do not know what its current status is, one way or another. My tax lady said that in her infrequent communications with IRS, they had indicated massive layoffs of personnel. I tend to believe that given that it is damn near impossible to reach a live human being at IRS to talk to. They have seemingly endless voice mail that is useless for many of the situations I need addressed. In the not-too-distant past, finding a live operator to speak… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Grigori

It’s a government organization, of course you can’t reach anyone to help you. Their purpose is not to help you. The IRS’s purpose is to punish you. They will not answer questions on whether a tax position is correct – they are trained not to do so. Totalitarians need the IRS to punish successful people. Politicians who are not (or pretend not to be) totalitarians will never get a flat income tax passed and they certainly won’t eliminate federal income taxes and replace it with a sales tax. Most Americans want people who make more than them to pay not… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

The IRS is in the Capitalist killin’ business, and cousin, business is a boomin’.

https://memes.getyarn.io/yarn-clip/e4a6af66-615e-4a1f-9c47-04876ea4f1e1

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Not only are you guys anti 2nd Amendment socialists, you have no sense of humor.

Neither did the Nazis (pronouced like Lt. Aldo Raine pronouced it).

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Knute Knute
Knute Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

That was Nzzz-eeezz wasn’t it?

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Knute Knute

I’m the wrong one to ask about phonics, but it sounded like “Knat Cees” to me.

Aldo didn’t abide totalitarians.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I always enjoyed the alt brit pronunciation, nazzzies, without the T.

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