If anyone ever wonders about San Antonio politics and who controls and influences city hall, here is a good snap shot into one group and their role in a very intense controversy.
The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) is a leftist Saul Alinsky state-wide organization, that supports a $15 minimum wage, open borders, and opposes voter I.D. Interestingly, TOP has announced it is opposing two of the San Antonio city charter amendments because they are "not the best solution to the problem".
It is ironic that an organization like TOP that demands "democracy" and a "voice for everyone" would oppose an amendment that would lower the required number of signatures for voters to challenge city hall to trigger a referendum. That's hard understand. Isn’t that democracy?
What's not hard to understand is that SA City Hall gives money to certain community groups as contracts and grants to buy their support. It’s all about poverty groups getting money for their projects, rather government shrinking and getting out of the way to allow for opportunities for all people.
Of course the SA Express-News (SAEN) is not reporting the irony of TOP opposing the proposed city charters amendments. The SAEN ignores or criticizes anyone that opposes the City Hall’s agenda as they play the role of their mouth piece. In this case, they provide a superficial explanation by TOP leaders.
Furthermore, TOP and many SA business leaders, including the SA Chamber, may seem to be at different parts of the political spectrum, however they are allied against the three city charter amendments. The crony business leaders also seek to protect City Hall’s power because they get contracts and business deals. We might say, “Just follow the money.”
The bottom line in this issue is how dare citizens challenge City Hall and seek to have more say in the operation of local government? The campaign signs against the city charter amendments should say, "Just pay your taxes and shut up".
Apparently TOP and the City of San Antonio don’t believe the defense of a citizens’ political and economic freedom and liberty starts with their vote at the local level. The less citizens vote, the better it is for City Hall and its friends.