Welcome to the Alamo Torch, a news, analysis, and commentary service offering an alternative news source to San Antonio’s conservative thinkers. What’s the Alamo Torch about? We believe a well-informed citizenry will influence positive changes in the secular, political, and religious culture of our city. The Alamo Torch is committed to offering our readers a conservative perspective on critical issues and challenges facing our city and greater metropolitan area. Where events from around the state, the capitol, and our nation touch our lives, we will be there to offer a Judeo-Christian perspective rooted in biblical truth and the guiding principles laid down by the founding fathers of our constitutional republic.
Russell Kirk, widely known as the father of American conservatism, in his essay, The Essence of Conservatism, defined a conservative as “a person who endeavors to conserve the best in our traditions and our institutions, reconciling that best with necessary reform from time to time. A conservative is a “person who believes there is something in our life worth saving”. Abraham Lincoln defined conservatism with this question: “Is it not preference for the old and tried, over the new and untried?”
Why is this alternative news medium called the Alamo Torch? The Alamo mission/fort is honored by Texans and fellow Americans throughout the nation as the “shrine of Texas liberty”. The sacrifice of the defenders of the Alamo in 1836 rallied leaders of the young nation to fight for the future state’s independence and within ten years embraced its people as new Americans. Today we are defending our city from another potent antagonist – secular liberalism and opinion-shaping elites in the news media, universities, government, arts and entertainment, and other institutions that wield great influence on many of our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
The torch represents the arm of the statue of liberty, the national icon of America’s great legacy of freedom. Lady Liberty’s torch symbolizes for us the compelling urgency to shed the light of reason and immutable truth on matters which impact our lives in San Antonio. In his book, Conscience and Its Enemies. Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, Professor Robert P. George, well-known author, educator, defender of religious freedom and traditional moral principles, reflected that preserving a healthy and sustainable society rests on “respect for the human person and his dignity, the institution of the family based on the marital commitment of husband and wife as the original and best ministry of health, education, and welfare, and a fair and effective system of law and government”.
President Ronald Reagan reminded conservatives that we cannot divide our “agendas”: one for social concerns, one for the economy, and one for national security. Conservatives have one agenda: to restore the strength and greatness of the nation we love. We see the same “agenda” for San Antonio.
At the Alamo Torch we intend to shine the light on our city and its “ruling” class in our community of churches, business and educational institutions, the arts, and the press. Founding Father and second President John Adams said it eloquently as he often did in his day:
“(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge– I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.”
Thank you for your interest in the Alamo Torch, the conservative voice of San Antonio, Texas. Join us in looking forward to an exciting future working together to transform our city. We know our labor in the Lord will not be in vain.(1Cor. 15:58)