December 5, 2011


Blowie is going to make a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas this week.

When I first read this tidbit, I couldn't stop giggling.  I grew up 30 miles from Osawatomie, Kansas.  When I was a kid there was only one thing that Osawatomie was known for - the state insane asylum.  Sure, they had changed the name to 'State Hospital' before I was born, but no one called it that.  When kids acted up, there was always the threat of being 'sent to Osawatomie'.  It used to have an imposing main building that looks like the asylum of everyone's nightmares, but was notable for being a Kirkbride:

My grandparents and their friends talked of the odd person or relative that had been committed to the hospital.  Tales were told of the horrific sites and jarring sounds that mark any facility where the severely mentally ill reside.  The decades before psychiatric drugs were terrifying times filled with electric shock, lobotomies and straightjackets.  They used to talk about the residents being taken outside in their straightjackets and tied to the fence so they could get fresh air without harming themselves or wandering off.

Sounds like just the place for Blowie.

Blowie's staff is steering the media toward the historical significance of the site:
One reason Obama picked the Kansas town, situated about 60 miles southwest of Kansas City, was for an historical tie. President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, spoke in the town in 1910, a year after he left the presidency. In that address, to a crowd then estimated at 30,000, Roosevelt called for what he called a “New Nationalism where everyone gets a fair chance, a square deal, and an equal opportunity to succeed,” the White House said.
Great, another class warfare and pro-socialism speech.
The other thing that Osawatomie is known for is its connection to John Brown.  
John Brown, considered a fanatical abolitionist by some and a martyr by others, is closely associated with the pro-slavery and free-state struggle of the Kansas Territorial period, 1854-1861.  John Brown followed five of his sons to Kansas in 1855 where he saw an opportunity to help make Kansas a free state-bringing a wagon load of weapons along with him.
Some call John Brown the first home grown terrorist.  But, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a Blowie photo op in John Brown Park or the John Brown Museum.  John Brown was the only white man that Malcolm X said he would consider letting join the Organization of Afro-American Unity (though I doubt he would have actually said that if Brown had still been alive).

Don't kid yourself.  Blowie acquiesced to speak in a mostly Red, flyover state only because he found a city that appeals to his crazy black half.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

"...he found a city that appeals to his crazy black half."

Just like D.C. appeals to his crazy white half.