Friday, March 5, 2010

Tea Party? Coffee Party??

I learned about the Coffee Party on the Eye on Miami blog (see list at right)

and followed the posted link which came up with this from the New York Times:

Coffee Party, With a Taste for Civic Participation, Is Added to the Political Menu
(Whole article:

Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party.

The Tea Party argues for stripping the federal government of many of its roles, and that if government has to be involved, it should be mostly state governments.

“The way I see it,” Ms. Park said, “our government is diseased, but you don’t abandon it because it’s ill. It’s the only body we have to address collective problems. You can’t bound government according to state borders when companies don’t do that, air doesn’t. It just doesn’t fit with the world.”

Still, she said, “we’ve got to send a message to people in Washington that you have to learn how to work together, you have to learn how to talk about these issues without acting like you’re in an ultimate fighting session.”

Ms. Park and chapter organizers said they would invite Tea Party members to join their Coffee counterparts in discussions. “We need to roll up our sleeves, put our heads together and work it out,” she said. “That’s, to me, an American way of doing this.”

Growing through a Facebook page, the party pledges to “support leaders who work toward posi-tive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.”

The slogan is “Wake Up and Stand Up.” The mission statement declares that the federal gov-ernment is “not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans.”

There is even a Broward County Coffee Party, this is from their face book page:

Join the Coffee Party Movement in Broward County, FL We encourage our fans and vistors to sign the civility pledge. Thank you - Coffee Party

As a member or supporter of the Coffee Party, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest, and respectful toward people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process.

I’m not too sure what they are all about but Gimleteye over at Eye on Miami has a good take on it:

“I'm hoping The Coffee Party isn't planning to persuade disaffected conservatives with vente lattes and croissants. Still, a slow drip is better than a limp tea bag. But I'm not volunteering for The Coffee Party.

I'm affiliating with The Keg Party, Bud Weiser, its chairman, and Sam Adams, party secretary. The Keg Party is a place Joe Six-Pack can call home.

The Coffee Party has a tag line: "Stand up and wake up".

The Keg Party: "Drink beer, not tea". I'm feeling better already. Keggers United!”

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