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Friday, March 12, 2010

Black Coffee

Coffee, Tea or Freedom?

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 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.”

Has there ever been a political movement that began with the phrase "expression of our collective will" that didn't end up subverting individual rights? The Tea Party has been faulted for being a populist uprising with a soupcon of genuine pro-freedom ideas. This is perhaps a bit harsh. The Tea Party was born of a revulsion against the interventionist ambitions of the Obama administration. Its grassroots nature has turned up the usual crank suspects, yet the movement is still broadly anti-government and has attracted some quality people. People who are sincerely, and with some success, trying to block further encroachments on American liberty by the current administration. On the whole the party can be best described as a semi-articulate mass moving in about the right direction. In recent weeks a counter-protest movement has emerged, the logically enough named Coffee Party.

Going by their website, the party exists as little more than that at the moment, the Coffee Party seems to be just an expression of frustration that the federal government is "paralyzed." It offers few specific ideas, approaches or policies. Just a hazy commitment to "democracy." Its About page also includes boiler plate denunciations of corporate lobbyists, the all purpose devils of the modern political world.  While not explicitly supporting the policies of the Obama administration, they place much emphasis on the "obstructionist" and "fear" tactics of some politicians. No prizes for guessing which party those politicians overwhelming belong to. They are in effect middle-of-the-roaders attempting to counter the influence of the Tea Party, while trying to project an image of civic minded citizens just wanting to make the system work. The rambling introductory video, made by the site's founder, talks at some length about the importance of diversity, and how some people are afraid of change. Translated into normal speak: Shut up you mouth breathing, wife beating, racist hick libertarians / conservatives. Big government bitter by any other name.

Posted by Richard Anderson on March 12, 2010 | Permalink


One doesn't need to read between the lines to see the connection between Coffee Party founder Annabel Park and Obama, just a google machine.

Funny, I seem to remember some other 'fresh new voice' on the American political scene proclaiming post-partisanship, but turning out to be just more of the same.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2010-03-12 6:42:52 AM

Blah, its all just BS. Democracy in action, ha, what a laugh. Here, we picked two people for you to chose from. Bob and his twin Bob. All the whining of the tea party, or coffee party will change nothing. The blind leading the blind. This society of consumption and competition must change, or we are all going up in a mushroom cloud.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-13 12:25:30 AM

The Coffee Party will probably have nowhere near the influence of the tea parties. It's simple arithmetic. The United States and its people lean center-right. Polling shows that there are more Americans on the right of the spectrum than on the left. Gallup(and other polls) has shown Conservatives outnumbering Liberals in America by about 40%-21%. The Battleground poll breaks down the leanings of moderates as well. The 2009 Battleground polls finds that 63% of Americans are conservative or lean conservative versus 33% that are liberal(or progressive) or lean liberal. It further breaks it down and shows that Americans generally consider themselves politically fiscal conservatives by a 69%-27% margin and politically socially conservative by a 54%-39% margin. The point is that the tea party will beat out the coffee party because it hasthe potential to mobilize a far larger group of voters.

Posted by: Ted | 2010-03-14 10:43:47 PM

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