"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
In the wake of the San Antonio mayoral elections, many grassroots conservatives are discouraged because their candidates lost. Sadly, many are saying they will not vote in the runoff between Mayor Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte. But when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade.
Conservatives need to realize this could be an opportunity for suburban conservatives and blacks community leaders to forge a new political paradigm that could topple the Hispanic/big business coalition that has dominated San Antonio (and Bexar County) since the 1980s. Ivy Taylor carried the black vote and will again carry it in the runoff. But will anti-Van de Putte suburban conservatives join Taylor to beat the SA Establishment’s anointed one?
Conservatives need to lick their wounds and realize this could be an opportunity to upset the Hispanic/big business Establishment that has dominated SA city the 1980s when it forged by Henry Cisneros. Latino political elites like Richard Perez and Henry Cisneros at the Chamber, Richard Romo at UTSA, Henry Munoz formerly at VIA and now at the National Democratic Party, and of course The Castro Twins, all work hand-in-hand with big business in SA to push their agenda. Van de Putte will continue that tradition.
To her credit, conservatives should remember that while Taylor is not a pure conservative (who is?), she held up the streetcar project and voted against the initially Non-Discrimination Ordinance. The Establishment wanted her to move on to another elected office, but she has displeased Establishment because she changed her mind.
We should remind black community leaders that they should be wary of the “Latino” agenda, specifically amnesty and sanctuary cities, which will create competition for services and resources between citizens and non-citizens. Be aware that Van de Putte and her Hispanic political elitist allies support the “Latino” agenda.
But can grassroots conservatives and suburbanites lick their wounds, be politically sophisticated, and vote in the mayoral runoff? Or will they stay just home? Christian voters stayed home in the 2012 presidential election because they couldn’t vote for Romney. How’s that working out now?
The final question is whether Mayor Ivy Taylor will sit and talk to grassroots conservatives to hear (and act) on their behalf?
Can grassroots conservatives and activists make lemonade?
Stay tuned…El Conservador.