Freedom Fest

Letters to the Editor - 7/18/13 edition

July 16, 2013 

Dear Editor,

For those who missed the premier political event of the season, i.e. the July 4th Freedom Fest in Coarsegold, here is my non-Tea Party take on it.

First, I would say that the event didn't seem to have the sparkle of last year's festivities. Where, for example, were the tri-cornered hats, and I didn't see or hear anything suggesting that we Democrats were part of a secret agenda to turn the U.S. into a socialist dictatorship.

Of course the weather may have been a factor — it was miserably hot. So I was understandably relieved when our esteemed Assemblyman Frank Bigelow informed us that the climate had not warmed in the last 16 years. That was certainly encouraging — now if I could only find out where he gets his information.

The word "Revolution" was bandied about, which begs the question of why our well-meaning, thoughtful citizens would continence such a drastic step. Doesn't the Tea Party know that revolutions seldom turn out as planned and that its favored state and federal representatives might be dispatched with the same bath water?

I have to admit, though, that there is something kind of exciting and glamorous about being so totally anti-government, especially if you think the government is coming after you for being so outspoken. The problem, however, is that it detracts from the pursuit of your own goals, or, God forbid, negotiating a compromise with your opposition.

No, I don't think we'll have a revolution, and the Tea Party is certainly not proposing one. Therefore, since the Republican establishment will never allow a Tea Party president, they will just have to be content doing what they do best: opposing anything proposed by the administration, whatever its merits.

Ed Estes, Oakhurst

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