From yesterday’s Express-News, in the letters to the editor:
I was very disappointed that Mayor Taylor refused to take the streetcar project forward, saying there was “overwhelming lack of support.” I think she gave in to the loudest voices and forgot the many supporters who wanted this project to move to completion.
Sound familiar? Think “90 percent of Americans want stricter gun control laws.”
I mean, really. So what if there was a majority of people in San Antonio who supported the streetcar? Where the hell were they? If they didn’t speak up and let themselves be drowned out by the noisy (alleged) minority, does it really matter that they supported the streetcar? Surely that “silent majority” didn’t take for granted that it was going to go through. I mean, say what you will about the project, but you have to hand it to the streetcar’s opponents. They made their presence and position known, and you really can’t say that about this alleged “silent majority.” To a large extent, the game of politics only works if you show up. The streetcar opponents showed up and its supporters didn’t, at least not far enough beyond Nelson Wolff and VIA chairman Henry Muñoz. That being the case, it’s worth asking what good the so-called “silent majority” is — if it even exists at all.