Saturday, March 13, 2010

Something's Brewing


About a month ago stories started appearing about the emergence of another “movement” analogous to but very different from the tea party contingent that has spread across the country. Today CNN's lead story discusses the Coffee Party movement that continues to, well, percolate. Today is “National Coffee Party Day,” and the National Coffee Summit is scheduled for March 27.

Unlike the distilled white tea party movement, the coffee crowd is diverse, and not just ethnically. They also pack cerebral horsepower and consider what tea tends to ignore - facts.

MISSION: The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government 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 that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

The movement now has over 135,000 fans on Facebook, and the growth is accelerating. By framing their purpose in the distinction between positive solutions and obstruction, their appeal to common sense is compelling. It also further corners the self-serving politicians who calculate that fame for being the progress killing vote is worth more than a positive vote for anything of substance.

March 8 CNN Video featuring Coffee Party founder Annabel Park.
Coffee Party USA Blog

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sensibility and reason has never garnished the energy that fear and hatred can unleash.

We'll see.

3/13/2010 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Coffee Drinker said...

The first Coffee Party meeting in Tucson had 20 people, the vast majority of whom were old, white, former hippies.

3/14/2010 8:12 PM  

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