Above is a picture of Christmas on Sixteenth Street in Denver from back in 1927.
I bet downtown Denver was hopping back in 1927.
The picture is from the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
The 1908 Democratic National Convention was held in Denver, Colorado and nominated William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska for President. Mr. Bryan, nominated for a third unsuccessful run, lost to William Howard Taft of Ohio.
The 1908 convention was the first major party convention held in a western state.
The theme of the convention’s platform was “Shall the people rule?”
From the platform— The conscience of the nation is now aroused to free the government from the grip of those who have made it a business asset of the favor-seeking corporations. It must become again a people’s government and be administered in all its departments according to the Jeffersonian maxim, “equal rights to all; special privilege to none.
“Shall the people rule? is the overshadowing issue which manifests itself in all the questions now under discussion.”
On Election Day 1908, the people decided it would be best if Mr. Taft ruled.
Both the Olympics in Beijing and the Democratic National Convention in Denver will have limited areas segregated for protests.
“Security” is cited.
Restrictions in China will be tighter than in Denver. Still, why are Democrats, yet again, accepting limiting protests to a certain area when people in America are supposed to have a right of free assembly? The restrictions in Boston four years ago were odious.
So-called “security” reasons are easily used by both dictatorships and more open nations, to curtail the inherent right of individuals to express their grievances.
Immigrant-basher Tom Tancredo is a U.S. Representative from Colorado and a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.
As a member of the Colorado House, Mr. Tancredo was a member of a group called ” the crazies.” These were representatives engaged in extreme tax cutting in Colorado. Before joining Congress, Mr. Tancredo was head of a libertarian think tank.
Congressman Tancredo has written the book In Mortal Danger about immigration to the United States. ( That title might also cover the genocide of Native Americans that made white settlement in Colorado possible.) He has called Miami a “third-world country.” Mr. Tancredo wants to tax money that immigrants send back home. He may feel that Mexico is not poor enough already.
Here is the Tancredo Watch blog which stopped adding new entries when Mr. Tancredo announced he would not be running for reelection.
I’ve wondered who would elect such a mean person to Congress? ( I know— Plenty of people would.)
Representative Tancredo represents the 6th District of Colorado.
Here is information about the 6th District of Colorado from the 2008 Almanac of American Politics.
” Two generations ago, most people in metro Denver lived inside the city itself….Today, more than three-quarters of metro Denver residents live outside the city, some in long-settled suburbs, some in huge new subdivisions raised up in the 1990’s and 2000’s…..You can see the boundaries to these areas in Littleton, originally a long-settled suburb just south of Denver, but now extending to vast new tracts; this is the site of the massacre at the Columbine High School….Just south of Littleton is Douglas County…from 1990 to 2003 it was the fastest growing county in the United States as young families moved into 35 acre “ranchettes”…and took high paying telecommunications jobs.
In 2000, Douglas was the nation’s most affluent county in median household income and had the smallest percentage of people living in poverty….This is patio land, as David Brooks has described, with a high-tech economy, a highly educated population with relatively conservative cultural values, family men and women who want to create a safe, comfortable environment for their children with the serenity if not the personal ties of the traditional small town…”The fastest growing regions of the country tend to have the highest concentrations of children, young families move away from what they perceive as disorder, vulgarity and danger and move to places like Douglas County,” Brooks wrote…”
Just a few thoughts–
What took place at Columbine High School was awful, but can you imagine how mean some of those kids must have been to students who were different or perceived as “losers.” You don’t deserve to die for insulting people, yet one wonders what adult supervision and help there was to create a culture of respect in the schools of a community such as the one detailed above. It’s clear enough that the parents in that school district were content to have a Congressman make his name off of attacking people who are different.
I also note that the people of this district do not seem very vulnerable to losing their jobs to lower-paid immigrants. What is it they are afraid of? Denver-proper has long had a large Hispanic population. I don’t always subscribe to fully racial explanations of anti-immigrant sentiment, but in this case it seems race might play a large part.
Here in Houston many of the high-growth areas are very ethnically diverse. That does not seem to be the case in at least Mr. Tancredo’s part of the Denver-area. His district is listed as 1.9% black, 2.6% Asian and 5.8% of Hispanic origin.
I’m glad Mr. Tancredo is leaving Congress at the end of his current term.