This might or might not be the last Christmas with Prez Trump and this year the celebration FAILED to pause worsening American tension, anxiety & stress.
Accordingly . . .
UPON CHRISTMAS 2020 WE TAKE A PEEK AT THE TOP 5 MOST EMBATTLED LEADERS IN KANSAS CITY WHO WILL LIKELY CONFRONT INCREASED RESISTANCE!!!
In the American discourse, there is no "Christmas Truce" and it's clear that intensifying challenges awaits these local leaders.
Take a look . . .
KCPD Chief Smith
Activists and members of the local clergy were unable to force the top cop to resign or initiate a vote for his removal.
A lack of momentum hasn't stopped grassroots efforts to oust KCPD Chief Smith.
Reality: He's only one bad police shooting away from the conclusion of his career despite his (justified) insistence that there's no quantifiable reason for community opposition to his administration.
New City Manager Brian Platt
Here's a fun fact that puts the upstart career of the new city manager in perspective . . .
Brian Platt starts his job just three votes away from being fired.
Every Black council member opposed his hire and efforts at outreach have been mostly unsuccessful. His connections to KCMO are casual and initial enthusiasm won't last long after furloughs, layoffs & budget cutting restart at 12th & Oak.
Mayor Quinton Lucas
Kansas City's top politico is no longer universally beloved and there's growing skepticism about his leadership in the midst of a crisis.
Tough calls about extending COVID crackdowns & mask mandates await the Mayor in January and will certainly spark renewed push back.
To his credit, the Mayor is exceptionally skillful at avoiding conflict behind the scenes and earning love from progressive news outlets. Still, he serves as the lightning rod for overall KCMO dysfunction.
Dr. Rex Archer
He's KC's local version of Dr. Fauci but far more brash.
Very much like the top cop . . . Dr. Rex is one tweet away from losing his job.
Nevertheless, his health pronouncements are often accompanied by political chatter that continues to draw skepticism and often serves to undermine local pandemic precautions.
KC FOP Leader Brad Lemon
Sadly, Sgt. Lemon now seems to be a rhetorical target of The Kansas City Star because of his outspoken right-wing leadership and pro-police advocacy.
Luckily for the po-po leader, most other broadcast media shy away from vendettas in local political coverage.
Still, if there is a "second wave" of police criticism at the outset of the Biden Administration, Sgt. Lemon likely won't escape push back . . . Fact is, many police are often overly sensitive about political criticism and Kansas City po-po have had a tough time navigating the discourse in a Democratic Party dominated town that wherein progressive elected leaders don't fall into line with "back the blue" rhetoric and constituents are critical of law enforcement power moves.
For now, KC FOP social media outlets have been STRANGELY SILENT following a kerfuffle and embarrassing scandal with a tow truck driver.
And so . . .
For dedicated blog readers we share a Christmas list of news links that offers perspective on the turmoil the nation confronts today and moving forward . . .
New York Post: Majority of Americans hate socialism, reject AOC - survey
Pulitzer Center: The Pandemic Within the Pandemic - An Explosion of Domestic Violence
Christian Science Monitor: 2020’s murder increase is ‘unprecedented.’ But is it a blip?
Developing . . .