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Letter to University President Regarding Removal of Statues

Liberal Berkeley President Outrages Texas and American Citizens

August 28, 2017

Dr. Gregory Fenves, President
The University of Texas at Austin
100 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G3400
Austin, Texas 78712

Dear Dr. Fenves,

I have been a University of Texas Life Member for fifty years and I am outraged. Your letter advising me that you have removed the statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Reagan and Stephen Hogg has caused me to see RED. I am incensed. I am angry. And yes I am VERY outraged.

Your basis for doing so is absurd. You say that: ”Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.” Let’s see, a few hundred people (or even a few thousand) espousing that hateful view caused you to draw THAT conclusion about ALL Americans?  A logical and rational Ph.D. would not.

Adding to that lack of logic, you try to cover yourself by using the standard bureaucratic approach of citing a 2015 study which obviously included mostly fellow liberals. And even THESE 3100 people included in the study were evenly divided about the statues.  And TODAY 62% of Americans say to leave the statues alone. 

You teach History in your classes and yet you are preventing students from learning it on campus because of a small number of misguided and hateful individuals. Our own Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a statement which every high school graduate knows:  Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Is your real reason for statue removal that you fear for your own personal safety like those at your Berkeley alma mater who installed a $9,000.00 door so the President would have a way to flee from students taking over the administration building?  Or is it that you are just a weak Berkeley liberal lacking spine who does not believe his duty is to turn out STRONG students who can influence the world in a positive way. A large part of a good worthwhile education is developing a student’s mental toughness so that after the student graduates, he or she can use their knowledge and ability to improve our nation. In the real outside world, only the strong survive.

By removing the statues you are saying that UT students today are TOO weak to LOOK at a statue the existence of which is contrary to their beliefs. Tell that to a Marine combatant LOOKING into the face of an enemy holding a rifle behind the door he has just kicked in. He risks his life so those students at UT can continue to go to school and look forward to living in a safe nation.

You are in Texas now. Texans are tough. Turning out students who are NOT do them no service. In the past here Texas Rangers fearlessly placed their lives on the line to protect the frontier. Tough Texas women here had only a rifle to protect themselves and their children from Comanche Indians while their husband was out hunting for food. Texans respect their men and women and do not treat them like children. In World War II 18-year-old Texans gave their lives for their country and yet you are saying today’s students cannot LOOK at a statue.  I have a higher opinion of them than you apparently do.  Just leave them alone, provide the necessary security for any stupid behavior and they will work out whatever problems they have.

I have one directive: PLACE THE STATUES BACK IN THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION. Proud Texans and even prouder UT grads do not take kindly to ANYONE messing with their history. Particularly an outsider.

Vern Wuensche

BBA 1967, MBA 1968

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Vern Wuensche grew up in the tiny farming community of McDade in central Texas. He obtained a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas and holds a CPA certificate. In 1975 he founded what is now Houston’s oldest residential construction company for 42 years. He wrote a book, Overcoming Legal Abuse as an American Entrepreneur, about the difficulty of starting and running a business without a properly functioning legal system. He is an Army veteran. An early marathoner, he ran the length of Galveston Island in the early 1970’s, continuing his distance running regularly all his life. He is a Christian who is serious about his faith. An Elder for twenty years, he has regularly attended Missouri Synod Lutheran churches all his life. 
But his passion has always been politics.  As a child, he hung bell-shaped door hangers on doors in McDade for Eisenhower in 1956. And since 1972 he has worked on campaigns of every type, attending 22 Republican state conventions, usually as a delegate. At the same time, he continually studied presidential politics. He ran for President in 2008 and 2012 placing seventh and tenth in the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary. Details of the races can be seen at http://www.voteforvern.com  His current long term project is the development of a Republican Farm Team. Anyone considering running as a Republican at any point in the future for any race should begin early, develop name identification and develop relationships with funders before they decide to run.  
Visit Vern Wuensche's website at www.VoteForVern.com/