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.
Growing through a Facebook page, the party pledges to “support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.”
IOW, THIS creep.
Doing as much damage as he possibly can before his term expires (he won’t be able to run again) Bunning has outdone all his Rethuglican collagues. Termination With Extreme Prejudice
mighr well be the answer.
For all of them.
But the problem will remain — in a way the Coffee-Klatchers don’t appear to be aware of.
“It had nearly 40,000 members as of Monday afternoon, but the numbers were growing quickly — about 11,000 people had signed on as fans since the morning.
“I’m in shock, just the level of energy here,” said the founder, Annabel Park, a documentary filmmaker who lives outside Washington. “In the beginning, I was actively saying, ‘Get in touch with us, start a chapter.’ Now I can’t keep up. We have 300 requests to start a chapter that I have not been able to respond to.”
You’re “in shock” ?
Collect your winnings, Claude. All politicians do. For the casinos they gamble in are run by the lobbyists who work for the corporations who run everything.
And as the Supremes have so recently declared, Corproations are persons whose “free speech rights” (ie. graft) mustn’t be abrogated.
So where does that leave the Coffee Klatchers ?
The slogan is “Wake Up and Stand Up.” The mission statement declares 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 we face as Americans.”
It all has a rather a familiar ring to it, don’t you think?
And what did Jimmy have to deal with? Claude Rains again!
Frank Capra would have us believe he won. But today’s filibusters aren’t about principle. They’re expressions of totalitarian power.
“Local chapters are planning meetings in cities from Washington to San Antonio to Los Angeles (where there have been four in the last month.) The party (coffeepartyusa.org) is planning nationwide coffee houses for March 13, where people can gather to decide which issues they want to take on and even which candidates they want to support.
This summer, Ms. Park said, the party will hold a convention in the Midwest, with a slogan along the lines of “Meet Me in the Middle.” The party has inspired the requisite jokes: why not a latte party, a chai party, a Red Bull party? But Ms. Park said that while the Coffee Party — and certainly the name — was formed in reaction to the Tea Party, the two agree on some things, like a desire for fiscal responsibility and a frustration with Congress.”
Can I get an “AS IF!!!!” ?
“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.”
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.”
For example. . .
Born in South Korea, Ms. Park moved to Houston when she was 9 and worked in the taco stand her parents bought there, which she said helps her understand average Americans.
“We encountered racism, yes, but the majority of people were kind, they were good people, they were like our family,” she said. “I understand where they are coming from.”
Eileen Cabiling, who founded the Los Angeles chapter, said she had campaigned for President Obama, but paid little attention to politics until the Tea Party convention and Mr. Obama’s State of the Union speech, where he rebuked Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike for their inability to move on legislation.
“I had withdrawn in campaign fatigue,” Ms. Cabiling said. “I was like, what happened?”
Only 2 people came to the first meeting, she said, but 30 came Sunday, including some Tea Party members, who she said could agree with their more caffeinated counterparts on some things.
“This is about recognizing that the government represents us,” Ms. Cabiling said, “so we need to step to the plate and start having a voice and start acting like bosses.”
Good luck with that dear.
As for the rest of us. . .