The odd numbered years are usually a little slower at the Olathe GOP’s annual “Faith & Freedom” picnic, but this year’s event should prove to be more animated than the average off-year. Unintentionally perhaps, the organizers struck marketing gold. The AP has already put out a story about the event. The New York Times may not be far behind.
For those interested in attending, the picnic runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cedar Lake in Olathe. The weather promises to be exceptional for this time of the year. As usual, the Sentinel’s Jack Cashill will be emceeing. Secretary of State Kris Kobach and other office holders and would-be office holders will be in attendance.
Tony Botello of Tony’s Kansas City nicely summarizes in a headline why the 2017 event is getting so much attention, “Golden Ghetto Johnson County Rage Over ‘Olathe Lives Matter’ GOP Event.” Yes, the organizers had the temerity to use the theme “Olathe Lives Matter.” When they chose the theme, they really had no idea how sacred was this mantra in the cult of liberalism. Their intention was altogether benign. The response has been rather malignant. Says Tony, “Apparently, when the good people of JoCo aren’t watching MSNBC . . . They’re creating their own mini-drama which imagines that they’re persecuted.”
One of those mini-drama producers is former Star editorialist Yael Abouhalkah. “Some people saw [the flier] as taking a shot at Black Lives Matter with its tagline of “Olathe Lives Matter!” wrote Abouhalkah on his blog. “Others saw an attack on the LGBTQ community with the use of the multi-colored lettering.” Yes, Virginia, Yael actually wrote that. For the record, the organizers had some idea that they were using a phrase much in the news. They had no idea they were somehow poaching the color scheme of the LGBTQ movement, whatever “Q” means.
Abouhalkah has a history of stirring up racial tension. As the Sentinel reported in May, he made the toxic claim during the 2010 Obamacare protests on Capitol Hill that “some Tea Party supporter spat on Cleaver Saturday on Capitol Hill because the U.S. congressman is black.” This was classic fake news, horribly wrong and easily disproven. In the best of all worlds, Abouhalkah will come to the picnic and apologize to the Tea Party people in attendance.
Admission is free.