Where's the Kaboom? There's supposed to be an Earth Shattering Kaboom?
Marvin the Martian Hareway to the Stars 1958
Leominster Massachusetts is the birthplace of folk hero Johnny Appleseed and on Saturday Sept 28th the week of the 239th anniversary of his birth, the city hosted its annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. The festival draws upwards of 5000 people during the course of the day and many church groups, banks, local radio stations, high school groups , business' and organizations have booths on the town common joining the wide variety of food and fun available for young and old.
One of those groups set up at that festival was the Twin-City Tea Party.
This was the 2nd year for the Tea Party at Johnny Appleseed and their members arrived early got there early and set up directly across from the Leominster Republican committee. Their booth was flying American Flags both current and revolutionary including the Gadsden flag, recognized symbol of the Tea Party everywhere.
Listening to the national political conversation one might be amazed to see the Tea Party at a family event since at the same time the Tea Party was giving out patriotic temporary tattoos for the children at the Leominster festival in Senate Majority leader Harry Reid was referring to them as "anarchists" claiming they were trying to "extort" the American people in their fight against Obamacare.
His vehemence was matched by the administration comparing them to suicide bombers and former vice president Al Gore who compared the tea party to terrorists. That would be a tough sell in the Leominster area. The local Tea Party leader is also active in the Fitchburg Republican committee, a Republican city counsel candidate at the Leominster GOP booth was another tea party regular and the heated rhetoric of their foes did not match the actions of the members who gave away copies of the US constitution and raffled off a gift basket for kids which included Amelia Hamilton's children's book 10 Steps to Freedom a Growing Patriot's guide to the American Revolution.
Words from DC not withstanding the Administration's portrait of the Tea Party as hardened terrorist radicals took a hit today, Local police I spoke to reported no trouble and no sign of anyone trying to make any, certainly none from the tea party members.
Even worse than the lack of trouble for those would paint an extreme picture was the personable and friendly greetings by the Tea Party members to all who walked and stopped. The administration might not talk to the tea party or their allies but citizens in Massachusetts that bluest of states had that chance today and saw no extremists, nothing anarchistic and certainly no earth shattering kaboom except in parody.