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?
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.
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.
Tyrants always scream and lash out when they’re challenged, and that seems to be the case with San Antonio’s city hall, and their mouth piece, the SA Express-News (SAEN). The SAEN has published several articles in recent weeks about the three city charter amendments sponsored by the SA Firefighters’ union, and supported by many grassroots citizens because the amendments would limit the city’s power.
The thought of citizens limiting the city government’s power has panicked city hall and their crony friends.
The city and Establishment organized a PAC funded by crony businesses and called, “Secure San Antonio’s Future” to stop the amendments. The PAC has gone to three different courts to stop the amendments from ever going to the voters, and lost all three times.
Frightening business owners and taxpayers seems to the City’s goal, and the SAEN is helping. On Friday, July 27, the SAEN reported that the major municipal bond companies were warning against the passage of the charter amendments.