Finally, the Faribault born and bred Tilt-A-Whirl is maybe getting its due. State Rep Patti Fritz (DFL) wants to make it Minnesota's official state amusement park ride.
Sure, some folks will say this is just further evidence of Big Whirl's influence, claiming that the massive lobby bought and paid for Fritz's rise to power, in return for just this sort of favor. But isn't Big Whirl allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights, too? In the absence of any documentation, showing a genuine Pro Quid Pro, we are left assuming what I know in my heart--that Patti is just a proud Faribault citizen, wanting to celebrate one of that city's only accomplishments.
Oh, and sure, the conspiracy experts will be all over this one, claiming yet again that the Tilt-a-Whirl's creator, Herbert Sellner was nothing but a front man for a shadowy conglomeration of corporations (child nausea medicinals, fried food purveyors, food-on-a-stick makers, etc) who saw an exponential growth in profits after the Tilt-a-Whirl's introduction brought about an entire generation of fairgoers who would pay money for their children to eat, get on a ride, get sick, vomit, and then eat again. It's coincidence, and those moonbats who see nefarious doings where there just isn't any need to sit down, shut up, and allow our fair state (home of one of the finest State Fairs anywhere in the free world) to give our humble Tilt-A-Whirl its deserved (and long overdue) recognition.
Thank you Patti Fritz, for standing up to all those people who unjustly malign the Tilt-A-Whirl, and for shutting up those cynics that say that the Government doesn't address real people's issues.