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Riots & The Invisible American

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This letter came in the other day from a reader in San Antonio. I publish it with his permission. I know his real name, but am withholding it. He embedded photos from his local newspaper, the San Antonio Express News, which I can’t reproduce here without violating copyright. Here’s what the man wrote:

I’ve been a daily reader of your blog for at least a couple of years. With the exception of feeling about Trump, I agree with you on the majority of things you write.

I am a native Texan. I was born in San Antonio in 1956 and have lived in this once beautiful and peaceful city for the past 45 years. In all those years I have never … ever … seen the kinds of things that took place in our downtown last night.

I’m angry. I’m outraged. I’m pissed.

Early this morning, I went out to get our Sunday edition of Newspeak. [the San Antonio Express News]. I immediately opened it up to the front page to see what had transpired downtown the night before. The headline made it sound as if it was a relatively benign and peaceful protest with only a few minor incidents.

The other article on the page was basically a hagiography singing the praises of our Pajama Boy mayor – Ron Nirenberg … a Democrat.

I then went online to get more info and found the following photos from yesterday afternoon and last night. The online edition of Newspeak was more informative than the print edition, and the photos told the real story. I wonder how many voters, especially older ones, who rely on that deceptive print edition each week.

It apparently started off relatively peaceful …..

[photograph of peaceful protest]

But it devolved into this ….

[multiple photos of rioting]

By now you know the routine … rioting, fighting, police, tear gas, rubber bullets, broken windows, pillaged businesses … Repeat.

Luckily our governor sent State Troopers to help keep some semblance of order. I have no proof but, to me, that only tells me that our mayor and city council probably knew for a fact that this kind of thing was going to happen and had asked our governor for reinforcements in advance. Afterwards, our Pajama Boy mayor had to declare a state of emergency, issue a curfew and prevent anyone from going into the downtown area today.

Our mayor, and all 10 of our city council members are ostensibly “non-partisan” but they talk and act like any other liberal Democrat. Six are women, seven are Hispanic, one is black all are PC spouting liberals.

First they spent $500,000 to tear down the Civil War memorial that was in Travis Park and put the pieces in the basement of our sports arena.

Then they went after the Alamo and the Alamo Cenotaph. -They want to close off streets and turn the area into a kind of “living museum” that tells a more “inclusive” story of what happened there.

Then forbade Chick-fil-a to open a concession at our airport and they painted a Rainbow Crosswalk on a major street.

They’ve messed up Main Plaza in front of the courthouse by doing it on the cheap.

They passed a resolution that declared saying “China virus” is racist.

They mock and try to silence conservatives who disagree with them at city council meetings. My councilman, Manny Peleaz comes off as an arrogant SOB who thinks he knows better. They are changing this city beyond recognition.

As I said, San Antonio used to be a very peaceful, friendly, easy- going city. It seemed like we all got along without any major problems, no big police scandals, no school shootings or anything of that nature.

Now I understand what the Democrats mean when they say “Diversity is our Strength”. They’re not talking about our strength as one nation united. They’re talking about their strength as a political machine.

The Democrats have been stoking anger and racial resentment for political purposes for at least the past five years, probably longer, and things are finally coming to a boil and we see the results.

I’m a mild-mannered, middle-class, 63 year-old, gay, white male and I have been with my partner for 41 years. I have always obeyed the law and played by the rules. I put myself thru college in my 30s by working part-time, and with the help of Pell Grants and Work/Study jobs. I never had to take out student loans and I graduated debt free. I used to be a Democrat, but around 2015 it seems the Democrats started saying and doing crazy things … you know what I’m talking about. I voted for Trump. After Hillary lost, the Democrats doubled down on the crazy. I no longer recognize them or my liberal friends. Their ideology is foreign and they scare me and I have developed a severe case of cognitive dissonance.

My home is in a modest, but nice, neighborhood surrounded by a sea of very upscale mansions. We have an upscale HEB grocery store just up the street. A couple of years ago the store hired an armed security guard, who keeps a German Shepherd by his side. His patrol car is parked by the curb, with the engine and A/C constantly running, in case he needs to put the dog in the car.

Until very recently, I never had any desire to have a gun, but now, I wish I had bought one …. before it really is TOO LATE.

I have been scanning nearly all the major US news sources for their news and op-ed coverage of the riots. You know who you don’t hear from? People like this reader. They are invisible to our national media. I wonder how many of them there are. I have heard anecdotally from a handful of others who are saying nothing on Facebook and other social media now, because they are afraid of being denounced as racist, or worse, by their own friends and neighbors, who are taking loud, angry stands.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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