Over the past few days, we've noticed an important dichotomy in the discourse of Kansas City.
Check social media feeds for a bevy of prideful, cheering and adoring images of the Blue Angels in tow for the local airshow this weekend . . . And then notice continued criticism of Prez Trump, his policies and recent public speaking foibles from constant Kansas City detractors who #RESIST despite state-sponsored open displays of patriotism which often call upon all Americans to pause their disapproval of the Commander-In-Chief.
And so we ask, on this weekend dedicated to war machines flying overhead, illegal fireworks and cholesterol-laden BBQ . . .
ARE CONSTANT KANSAS CITY CRITICS OF PREZ TRUMP "LESS AMERICAN" THAN HIS RIGHT WING CHEERLEADERS?!?!
Again, let's not forget that KC is a Democratic Party dominated town where union roots run deep and the NEXTGEN of progressive leadership is already taking hold.
Still . . .
Our allies across the pond have a wonderful term for their left-wing; they're called the "loyal opposition" but sadly American culture of fighting and winner-take-all competition have stifled most attempts at thoughtful conversation.
One side continually smears the other with insults including but not limited to "traitor, fascist and racist" -- The issues are interchangeable but the divisive rhetoric charged by social media smear campaigns is now a constant fact of life.
Nevertheless, a glimpse at local pop culture reveals that the weekend is dedicated to American military pride, again, with criticism from "many sides" mostly in a quest for political power.
A brief sampling:
KC Biz Journal Has Better Images Than The Garbage In Your Social Media Feed: PHOTOS: Blue Angels take to the sky over Kansas City
Rolling Stone: Russian State TV Laughs at Trump’s Fourth of July Parade
Bloomberg: How Is Trump’s Parade Offensive? Let Me Count the Ways
Fox News: Trump sings praises of American exceptionalism in elaborate July 4 salute
Huff Post: Trump Baby Blimp Crashes Washington Independence Day Celebration
And yes, this is trite and cliché, but the nice part about life in Kansas City is a Midwestern sensibility that's able to allow for cognitive dissonance and politely ignore angry, intense and nearly overwhelming political
And all of this inspires our playlist tonight . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night.