Important headlines for November 28th:
Bottom Line: These are the stories you don't want to miss (but probably would if I didn't find them for you)...
Being a Latino Is Not a Partisan Issue Rachel Campos-Duffy, FOX News
Excerpt: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which prides itself on supposedly promoting diversity, recently denied Hispanic Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida entry into the group because he is a Republican. The caucus was once a bipartisan group, but has been made up of only Democrats for the last 20 years.
Allen West had similar but slightly different challenges cracking the glass-ceiling established by the Congressional Black Caucus during his time in Congress as well. It's ironic how demonstrably bigoted leftists in Congress can be and get a pass by the MSM because evidently political party is more important than equality and a basic sense of what's right and wrong. On one hand I think the very notion of political caucuses in Congress is absurd. How ironic is it that the representatives of the people go to D.C. to theoretically represent the people of their district and choose to "self-discriminate" by segregate into sub-groups based on factors as trivial as race? How is that representing the people of your district? To the extent it occurs however, how much negative attention will the "freedom caucus" receive for simply being among the most conservative members of Congress as compared to a group like the Hispanic Caucus which are demonstrably bigots?
Playgrounds for Elites: Our Increasingly Left-Wing Cities Kotkin & Cox, City Journal
Excerpt: The new urban demographic—a combination of poor residents, super-affluent households (many childless), and a younger generation with limited upward mobility—has created conditions peculiarly ideal for left-wing agitation. This marks a sharp contrast with the early 1990s, when urban voters embraced pragmatic mayors like Rudy Giuliani in New York, Bob Lanier in Houston, and Richard Riordan in Los Angeles. Even San Francisco in 1991 elected Frank Jordan, a middle-of-the-road Democrat and former police chief. In some cases, these pioneering mayors were followed by less groundbreaking but highly effective leaders like New York’s Michael Bloomberg or Houston’s Bill White. The resulting golden era of urban governance helped foster safer streets and more buoyant economies, attracting immigrants and a growing number of young and talented people to the urban core. Ironically, though, the urban revival fostered demographic changes that would make it much harder for these reform mayors to win today.
This has become the most frustrating aspect of politics today. Radicalization has taken over Democrats in urban areas. San Francisco's politics used to symbolize radicalism on the left and there was room for pragmatism within the party. Bill Clinton looks like a Republican by today's DNC standard. JFK's policies are more conservative than the average Republican's today. They, btw, are two examples of effective Democratic Presidents. Rather than the big tent that left room for pragmatism that might even include room for a moderate Republican as so of the examples cited above, there isn't even a Republican available to run for many offices in cities like LA any longer. What's of greater concern is the impact it's having in cities closer to home. From West Palm Beach to Miami Beach, that's a radical leftist turn that our local politicians are emulating. That's in part due to what's required to gain status within the DNC's ranks these days.
Did you even know that your tax money could be used to settle sexual harassment claims let alone actually being used to do so? Pretty special (sad) isn't it?