When people can’t defend their position on an issue, they make the debate personal (see Kavanaugh confirmation hearing), and that’s what happened on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg refused to debate anyone except Firefighters union leader Chris Steele regarding the three proposed city charter amendments on the November ballot.
The debate was supposed to be about issues, and local conservative leader Reinette Alecozay was ready to step up. However, Nirenberg and the City Hall Establishment wanted to play only by their rules, and thus he refused to debate Alecozay.
Sadly, but as expected, the San Antonio Express-News and the rest of local media blamed Steele for not showing in their reports. The SA Express has played the role of the City Hall Establishment’s mouthpiece and supported the “NO Vote” campaign against the city charter amendments.
Citizens should ask if this debate and vote is about personalities or issues? Furthermore, can’t issues be discussed and debated by any knowledgeable persons?
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?
The assault by Democrats and liberals on Texas history continues. A Texas education advisory group called the “State Board of Education Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups” which is made up of educators and historians, recently recommended making a number of changes in state’s history curriculum standards, including removing the word “heroic” from describing the Alamo’s defenders because the word is a “value-charged word”.
Texas history is on a slippery slope and sliding left fast, and sadly, the Texas taxpayers are paying for it, whether they like it or not.
Texas public schools have tried, and in some cases succeeded in adopting textbooks that have leftist, anti-Texan, anti-American themes. These books teach American western expansion was imperialism, and that Texas independence was a land grab from Mexico that victimized people of color.
Like a modern day Colonel Travis, Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R- Fredericksburg) spoke at the Alamo at a press conference on Friday, September 14, 2018, and challenged Texas legislators, state officials, and citizens to defend Texas' most sacred shrine of liberty. He asked that the Alamo Master Plan be negotiated, if not defunded, by the state legislature to avoid the relocation of the Cenotaph and/or the altering of Texas history.
However, a news reporter asked a curious and revealing question regarding the opposition to the Alamo Plan. The reporter wanted to know why some people oppose moving the Cenotaph to a “free-speech zone”?
First, the question shows the continued lack of understanding about the reverence many Texans have toward the Alamo defenders and the Cenotaph. Moving the Cenotaph is like moving Lord Nelson’s statue from Trafalgar Square, or moving the Arizona Memorial from Pearl Harbor.
On the third day of the Senate Judiciary committee confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court judge (Wednesday Sept. 6), the Democrats continued to play dangerous politics. They have tried to delay the confirmation process, and they have questioned the legality and legitimacy of the hearing and confirmation process.
Overall, it appears the Democrats’ goal is to discredit the Supreme Court if and when Kavanaugh is confirmed, and thus make the same claim they do regarding Trump’s election. If the Democrats and the Left allege the Supreme Court is "illegitimate" because Kavanaugh is on the Bench, it will be a very serious blow to law and order in America.
Since November 2016, Democrats and their media allies have constantly undermined Americans’ confidence in the Constitution and in the Trump election because he won the Electoral College and lost the popular vote. Now they will undermine the Supreme Court and the rule of law.