In October, Kansas City, KS will host “Freedom Fest 2011,” a National Tea Party Nominating Convention, which organizers are billing as “a Tea Party Woodstock.” But without all the “hippies, drugs and trash.”
The Kansas Health Institute reports on the announcment, held in Topeka:
The activists were greeted by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and State Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City.
“It”s particularly appropriate that the Tea Party have such a momentous event in Kansas,” Kobach online casino said. “Kansas was both the birthplace of populism and the starting place of the Civil War. You take those two important events in American history — the populist movement and the Civil War — and really the Tea Party of today is in some ways a combination of those same impulses. An uprising of common Americans saying that the power in this country is moving in the wrong direction.”
The Freedom Fest 2011 home page shows a partial list of scheduled musicians and speakers, and one announced candidate so far, Republican Mike McCallister of Florida. Conservative talk-show host and pundit Rick Amato will emcee.
Governor Sam Brownback will also address the convention. Certainly the Tea Party Patriots are likely to receive a friendly reception in Kansas, which is looking for ways to attract more tourism.
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