Tuesday, November 05, 2019
TKC BLOG COMMUNITY FACT CHECK: THE MLK BLVD VS. SAVE THE PASEO VOTE IS LOSE/LOSE FOR KANSAS CITY!!!
As "journalists" across the metro continue their pathetic attempts to play kingmaker . . . Here at TKC we simply work to provide our readers with the facts and glimpse at the horrific future awaiting Kansas City at the conclusion of today's vote.
To wit . . .
FACT CHECK: KANSAS CITY LOSES NO MATTER WHICH SIDE WINS THE DIVISIVE MLK BLVD VS. SAVE THE PASEO VOTE!!!
Reality: Both factions participating in this miserable slap fight have more in common with one another than they'd like to admit . . . The hot mess represents little more than a political power grab with neither side attempting to make ANY effort at compromise. The counting of today's votes is merely a determination of which special interest is more effective in flexing their rhetorical muscles and getting out the vote.
Accordingly . . .
IF MLK BLVD LOSES EXPECT KANSAS CITY TO BE LABELED AS A RACIST TOWN BY EVERY MEDIA OUTLET IN THE NATION
Nobody cares about some dead, crusty and long forgotten architect of KC's Blvd system that's antiquated and overrated. The better story for ambitious newsies simply focuses on KC possibly removing MLK signs because of provincial, backward prejudice.
Moreover, everyone from KC's Black clergy to the most unimportant school board member will garner a talking point for the next twenty years regarding the bigotry and shameless discrimination of this town if voters decide to Save The Paseo.
Leaders of the MLK Blvd movement have already blasted racism & white privilege as the motivation for "Save The Paseo" efforts and a yes vote will provide these same activists with a national stage to make their arguments.
On the other hand . . .
IF SAVE THE PASEO LOSES, CITY HALL GARNERS LICENSE TO COMMIT EVEN MORE SKETCHY INSIDER DEALS WITHOUT KANSAS CITY VOTER CONSENT
Most people who understand the issue, realize the decision was put together haphazardly and without much consideration for voters or neighborhood input. Mayor Quinton Lucas has avoided offering any guidance to the MSM and soft newsies haven't pushed him for a statement. Instead, one of his more shameless stunts continues to tear apart KCMO and create yet another local dividing line.
The sad reality is that these kinds of shady insider deals tend to hurt the urban core and minorities far more in the long run.
Worst of all . . .
A defeat for Save The Paseo will spark less trust in representative government, less civic participation for neighborhoods and fewer opportunities for KCMO residents to engage one another across demographic lines.
The punch line . . .
Voter turnout wins today -- But historically and according to polling -- Voters just aren't interested in this election.
And so, from the outset, this is a losing vote all the way around and the only thing we know for certain is that both sides have hinted they want to continue this fight over a street name while Kansas City plunges deeper into a historic spate of deadly violence while an even more antagonistic 2020 presidential election looms on the horizon.
Developing . . .