The Coffee Party: Wake up and Stand up

On The Coffee Party USA website, the mission states:

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.

One would think this would be very compatible to The Tea Party Patriots, whose website states:

The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.

Of course, the Tea Party has conducted itself in very obstructive ways, preventing discussion through means of insults, demoralization, polarization and perpetuating lies. As to whether or not the Tea Party realizes there is a difference between having a smaller federal government and just preventing the federal government from receiving feedback from its citizens is yet to be seen. What I can tell you is that according to Tom White, a blogger for, the Coffee Party is a liberal communist movement meant to support President Obama. He fails to acknowledge any issues raised or statements made by Coffee Party members in favor of calling all the membership “liberals” and “morons”, and claiming Coffee Party members are in high school. This is a link to his “mature” post on the subject. It’s apparent that this blogger has been riled into a little rant by the minimal coverage that MSNBC and the NY Times have provided to The Coffee Party.

Is this what the Tea Party has to offer a new movement seeking civil discourse amongst its citizens and demanding accurate representation of the people, not corporations, from its elected leaders? I hate to admit it, but I believe there is more of this attitude to come. Anyone is bound to get nasty when corporate sponsorship money might be threatened.

No, we’re not all in high school, although membership is open to all people of all ages. We’re also not all liberal and not every Coffee Party member voted for the President. Why insist on making the Tea Party seem worse with libelous reactionary comments made with willful ignorance? There are so many individuals who have joined the Coffee Party because it was a breath of fresh air from the abusive attacks cast on anyone not in complete agreement with a vague anti-Obama agenda that so many Tea Party members have induced as the portrait of that movement.

We want control of our government, just like the Tea Party does. That is the “entitlement” that you mock us for having. Not all of us agree that the President has all the answers neatly scrolling on a teleprompter, nor that Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin may have all the answers on a blackboard or in the palm of a hand. Not all of us are willing to submit to a set list of political attributions. So we agree to civil discussion and compromise. We agree to move beyond such petty actions as creating nasty acronyms and labeling everyone a communist if they think differently than we do. We move beyond the worst known “high school” behavior into a forum where adults speak candidly and productively for a government that works for us.

It’s no longer “either you’re with us or against us”. It’s no longer chanting bumper sticker slogans until Town Hall leaders surrender in disgust. It’s time for the grown-ups to get to work. Join us.

4 Responses to “The Coffee Party: Wake up and Stand up”
  1. ksondere says:

    People are people. Whenever you get a large group together you’ll get very strident voices and voices of reason. Not sure who your referring to in the tea party but most voices seem pretty reasonable. In other words the Coffee Party will also have the immature ‘high schoolers’

    It’s a little odd isn’t it to state that the reason for the existence of the new Coffee Party is because this superior new group won’t behave so immaturely as the Tea Party. Then of course the superiority is proven through name calling 😉

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  3. Thanks for your comment, ksondere.

    First I’d like to ask, what “name-calling”? I know it’s fairly expected that whenever unacceptable, even unattractive, behavior is cited that it’s called “insulting”. I assume this is the case since I have not insulted anyone. It’s an unfortunate fact that bloggers and reporters self-identifying themselves as the Conservative Right and also Tea Party Patriots have been bashing the Coffee Party. There’s no way to avoid saying it unless I was going to lie to claim otherwise.

    Indeed, even today, there were Tea Party Patriots tweeting with hashtags #teaparty and #gop that talked endlessly about all the liberal agenda of the Coffee Party USA movement. It was like reading bad fiction. Honestly, I’m more confused and saddened by these reactions than I am inspired to spit back.

    I have had the pleasure of meeting individual Tea Party Patriots who enjoy the Coffee Party and discussions therein. There’s no conflict of agenda, since the Coffee Party lacks political agenda, and their voices and views are heard and respected.

    I would like the positive discussion and cooperation to continue. Not agreeing on taxes, health care reform, or immigration reform is not a basis for hate or shouting. It’s a basis for discussion to find solutions.

    When The People are on the same page, the corporations won’t have a chance at lobbying away our Rights.

  4. inthepinez says:

    People are people, but not all organizations are created equal. Saying “Whenever you get a large group together you’ll get very strident voices and voices of reason” is misleading; would you apply that thinking to the KKK and the NAZI Party to rationalize why their behaviour was acceptable? Of course not. So you never use the fact that a group is “large” as an excuse for that group’s behaviour. When 19 guys fly planes into US buildings, do you say, “Whenever you get a large group together you’ll get very strident voices and voices of reason.” No of course not. We are forming the Coffee Party because we believe in something. And that is careful, deliberation, civil discourse aimed toward solving America’s issues in a way that is considerate and democratic in nature, without resorting to shout-fests and other behaviours generally described as “high school”, (although, admittedly, that is not fair to many, many high schoolers who are capable engaging in a civil debate).

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