Wednesday, November 06, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY WINNERS AND LOSERS RANKED AFTER VOTERS REJECT MLK BLVD & SAVE THE PASEO!!!
A historic vote is complete and Kansas City now stands as not only one of the most violent towns in the nation but also home to the most racially divisive discourse in the American Heartland.
Once and for all, whilst lame political hacks attempt to downplay the culture war implications. There's no denying the racial conflict inherent in this vote and provincial concerns about preserving local history are unconvincing and contrived.
KC doesn't really care about the past as Historic KC will gladly attest whilst standing next to one of many piles of rubble that were once landmark buildings torn down by developers eager to make a few bucks.
Hence, here's a glimpse at some of the headlines across the nation this morning:
New York Times: Kansas City Voters Remove Martin Luther King’s Name From Boulevard
CBS News: Kansas City votes overwhelmingly to remove Martin Luther King Jr.'s name from historic street
Daily Beast: 70% Vote to Remove Martin Luther King’s Name From Kansas City Street
To wit . . .
OUR BLOG COMMUNITY OFFERS THE OFFICIAL KANSAS CITY RANKING OF WINNERS & LOSERS AFTER VOTERS BOLDLY REJECTED MLK BLVD!!!
Consider this quickie list a starting point for discussion and we WELCOME more suggestions from "many sides" of this argument.
Our favorite drunken, Irish politico once said that victory has a thousand fathers but none of them are the plebs who actually hit the pavement and got this vote started. Accordingly, here's a glimpse at the people who really garnered a boost after last night's returns.
THE GREAT WHITE NORTHLAND
Our blog community drilled down into this vote and while the margin is EPIC overall -- Don't overlook the impressive fact Clay & Platte County sided with the Save The Paseo by an OVERWHELMING margin even greater than Jackson County . . . Question 5 garnered 77% approval in Platte County and a whopping 81% victory in Clay County.
The Northland doesn't always vote big but this HUUUUUUUGE margin was a clear signal to the urban core about an issue that had little to no impact on our suburban neighbors.
KANSAS CITY MAGA VOTERS
Our thesis last night that was proven correct: Save The Paseo was a MAGA, populist, and politically incorrect vote.
The grassroots campaign touted their diversity constantly, annoyingly but the demographics of their voter support closely matches the same path to victory as the Prez.
Argue their intentions all day but to deny their kinship with the MAGA social media tactics is to ignore the very real possibility (likelihood) that the Democratic Party doesn't have a true populist candidate other than that lovable, ailing, socialist curmudgeon Senator Bernie Sanders.
Meanwhile, Hillary is thinking a lot harder about running again than anyone would dare admit.
CLAY CHASTAIN & KANSAS CITY CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITIONS
More than anybody else . . .
CLAY CHASTAIN AND CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITIONS WON LAST NIGHT!!! THE GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY TOOL OF THE PEOPLE SERVES AS THE ONLY IMPLEMENT TO PUSH BACK SHADY BACKROOM DEALS!!!
Over the past 25 years Clay Chastain has used KCMO citizen initiative petitions more than anybody else and MSM has dismissed and decried this tactic. Today the outcome of this vote proves the viability of the democratic strategy.
There's more than enough blame to go around but these public figures seem to be taking the most heat or burden following the vote . . .
VISIT KC SELLING THIS TOWN NOW TAGGED AS RACIST ACROSS THE NATION
Already Missouri is on the NAACP NO-LIST and the vote to rebuke MLK Blvd doesn't make this town seem any more appealing to people of color.
Again, the motivation behind the Save The Paseo effort was complex but in the end the altruistic intentions touted by supporters are just more rhetorical garbage for the news cycle. When all is said and done, voters rejected MLK Blvd and the signs will come down. #Causality #Aristotle
REV. DR. VERNON HOWARD AND URBAN CORE KANSAS CITY BLACK CLERGY
Dr. Howard denounced racism and privilege he claimed motivated many of the Save The Paseo supporters and that statement ignited a firestorm of citywide rebuke.
Moreover, this vote shows us that the power of the Revs to turn out the vote from their own community has faded since the civil rights era.
The African-American clergy didn't inspire a majority of Kansas City voters to do anything but join the ranks of their grassroots opposition.
Finally . . .
THE QUINTON LUCAS COUNCIL COALITION
Again, Mayor Lucas wrote and championed the legislation to rename The Paseo and this was an OVERWHELMING VOTER SMACK DOWN OF HIS POLICY. His strongest allies on the council voted right along with him and now their influence takes a very real hit. Expect to see more challenges to their power in the very near future as the VOTER HONEYMOON FOR MAYOR Q IS NOW COMPLETE.
And so . . .
Let's not pretend this question is settled.
The search is on to find another street to rename after beloved civil rights icon MLK as the debate promises to continue into an already tumultuous 2020 election year.
Developing . . .