Kansas to host 2011 National Tea Party Convention

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.


  1. Heather
    March 4, 2011

    Believe me…they will not be welcomed by all of us. Myself and many of my friends are very distressed by this recent announcement. The fact that our State went Brownback and is now inviting these hate-filled misanthropes to hold their convention here is really making us all sick.
    What’s interesting, but not surprising, is that Brownback is addressing the convention. I’m so pissed about this…we need to start organizing against them now.

    • ron johson sr.
      March 4, 2011

      Heather…you are a classic libtard in every respect. Wake up sister and smell the dog doodie.

    • drahcir61
      March 4, 2011

      Heather, don’t worry too much about it. The Tea Party is a fringe group that preaches hate & divisiveness which is exactly why they will never be taken seriously by liberals, moderates, independents, & level-headed conservatives.

  2. Renee Slinkard
    March 4, 2011

    This is so great! Looking forward to it and I will spread the word in South Kansas

  3. diane
    March 4, 2011


    It’s time to get your meds adjusted.

    You’re a real bore.

  4. The Kangaroo
    March 4, 2011

    Where and when is it?

  5. Gene Garman
    March 4, 2011

    We are hosting a showing of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” on Sunday, June 26, 2011, 3 P.M., Memorial Auditorium, Fifth & Pine, Pittsburg, KS.

  6. john callan
    March 4, 2011

    myself i would prefer hippies,drugs,and trash to these eighteenth century republicans.

  7. Lauren
    March 4, 2011

    Firstly, thank you for this enlightening Documentary. My husband’s family (Kansas born and raised) reflects the same philosophy as the people in this film, so I can vouche for its realism.

    Secondly, The Tea Party is funded by the Koch Brothers (big $$$$), and is hardly a grass-roots organization.

    As an recovered Republican, now a Political Atheist, it’s interesting to see who makes up the conservatives. NASCAR, Religious Sheep, Corporate Lobbyist types, Anti-Abortionists, and a whole salad of other dysfunctional folks. What a great tribute to “The Engineering Of Consent” (Edward Bernays’ genius)

    All those years I vote against my own financial interest, as our jobs were outsourced to India.

    We have bigger issues than Abortion, Gays, and Guns folks. This is a Depression. Time to put away those Bibles and get an Economic education. OK, rant off.

  8. B
    March 4, 2011

    @Heather – Heather, What you just mentioned makes you seem like a “hate-filled misanthrope”. Both parties should be less hateful. Liberals pointed hateful fingers at the Tea Party only radicalizes the party further. Embrace their message, and encourage them to embrace yours. Without that, there will never be a resolution.


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