The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Early next month, a new Touchstone film - The Alamo - will likely do fantastic box office numbers as it chronicles the last hours of a group of doomed Texan soldiers fighting to the last man for their state’s independence. Audiences will love the battle, the heroism, the cause. Today, we remember the Alamo as a last stand in defence of a purpose. It’s human nature to cheer the underdog. Even in defeat, we admire principle and tenacity. The men at the Alamo were fortunate that they were wiped out to a soldier, and their place in history secured.   Unfortunately, our patience for defeat does wear thin. Sheila Copps, for instance, took on a lost cause battle against now-Prime Minister Paul Martin, and we respected and cheered her for it. Her subsequent nomination battle began to look less principled than desperate, and her struggle to overturn the results of that fight now look pathetic. There is more than a whiff of that same scent of defeat about the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) these days. The initial Ledcor battle was an important fight. Canadian cities have been traumatized by neoconservative deficit reduction agendas, and there was no shame in pursuing economic rent from telecommunications providers to offset just a fraction of the offloading they’ve been burdened with. The Ledcor process was an important one, and the FCM’s arguments were principled. That battle lost, the FCM has chosen not to quietly accept the defeat, but to fight a lost cause pitch to overturn decisions at every step of the way that confirm the Ledcor principles. Unfortunately for them, this isn’t the Alamo, and there’s little glory awaiting them at the end of their troubles. Sniping from the sidelines, they are prolonging the process, but with no foreseeable reward as the outcome has already been set. The process still underway is costly and pointless. The CRTC and courts have shown consistency in their decisions, and the money being spent is either paid through scarce tax dollars, or passed through to consumers. "Remember Ledcor!" We’d rather not.