Saturday, January 27, 2018
SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! TKC READER: DEMISE OF MIKE SANDERS REVEALS CODE OF SILENCE DOMINATES KANSAS CITY!!!
Tonight, we give the last word of the day to a local reader who make an interesting point on the topic of the Kansas City political discourse or lack thereof . . .
"This line from the Independence Examiner made a great many politicos breath a deep sigh of relief around the entire state, Jackson County, and even a few in DC: "Williford was described as having cooperated in the federal investigation; Sanders was not." If anyone thinks that a man who was the state party chair, head of the local party for a dozen years, 10 year DNC member, and co-chair of every Democratic presidential campaign since 2002 didn't have a few secrets to trade, then you are naïve. Personally, not sure I or many people could withstand that kind of pressure to save your skin (I'm looking at you General Flynn, et al). So here's an old-school tip of the cap to a guy who has done a rare thing, and is willing to do his time rather than tell stories."
Agree or not, this quick note informs us that there is a very real lack of transparency which dominates local life.
What's worse is that so many blame urban core communities for their lack of cooperation with authorities amid violence when it's clear that it's common practice among Kansas City political leadership to obscure information, avoid disclosure and keep voters, authorities and law enforcement in the dark.
Our quickie playlist tonight and a few examples . . .
Tax fighters have continually asked for a term sheet and more financial disclosure regarding the upcoming Downtown Convention Hotel but they've heard nothing but the Sound Of Silence in return as local news is more willing to cover the placement of traffic cones rather than the sketchy financial structure of a deal that might soon dominate the downtown skyline despite the lack of an economically viable plan . . .
Voters across the city recently demanded more access into streetcar decisions, instead a great many city council members have chipped away at a recent vote and the toy train continues expansion without much public accountability while toy train cheerleaders literally enjoy the silence enforced upon the electorate regarding this topic.
Sadly, there really isn't a bright side here as social media helps move the public away from news and the decline of legacy media helps foster silence in which government corruption prospers. Silence is the enemy of an active and thriving Democracy but sadly social media has offered voters little more than a digital herd mentality that's a far better tool for bullying than encouraging voter participation.
In conclusion, the smarter denizens of our blog community wonder how many of his colleagues Mike Sanders will take down with him and the only hint of an answer we have is that some news outlets are reporting his complicity with the code of silence that dominates every facet of local life.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night . . .