The “Coffee Party” Is Brewing For America for March 13 “National Coffee Party Day”

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The Coffee Party has now exploded into existence.

In only a few weeks the membership of the Coffee Party on facebook has reached over 100,000 about the same numbers that are reported to belong to the Tea Party. Formed in response to the Tea Party the Coffee Party (http://coffeepartyusa.com/) has a few basic purposes that may appeal to the readership of the Moderate Voice. If you attend an event please share your experience.

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.

We are diverse — ethnically, geographically, politically, in age and in experience.

We are 100% grassroots. No lobbyists here. No pundits. And no hyper-partisan strategists calling the shots in this movement. We are a spontaneous and collective expression of our desire to forge a culture of civic engagement that is solution-oriented, not blame-oriented.

We demand a government that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices; NOT corporate interests as expressed by misleading advertisements and campaign contributions.

We want a society in which democracy is treated as sacrosanct and ordinary citizens participate out of a sense of civic duty, civic pride, and a desire to contribute to society. The Coffee Party is a call to action. Our Founding Fathers and Mothers gave us an enduring gift — Democracy — and we must use it to meet the challenges that we face as a nation.

My personal bias is to urge the participants to think past the hot issues and consider what are the obstacles to progress on these issues. I suspect that to a large extent the influence of special interests will come up. And among the remedies are:

Neutralizing the influence of Special Interests
Level the playing field between public and private interests.
Make public office more accessible to regular citizens
Voluntary Public Funding of Campaigns.
Merit selection of Judges.
Non-partisan redistricting.

NOTE: The website announces that March 13 will be National Coffee Party kick off day with events all over the county.Go to the link for more info.

Paul Silver is on the Board of Common Cause of Texas and manages their facebook presence. He is a former TMV blogger. His manicial focus is on government process reforms to neutralize the influence of special interests and level the playing field among public and private interests. The hot opportunity now is the Fair Elections Now Act HR 1826, that creates voluntary publicly financed campaigns, and has 140 co-sponsors so far.

Comments

  1. Frith_Ra says:

    Shouldn’t that be Kaffeeklatch?

  2. DLS says:

    Latte Liberals Lite. “Exploded”? Weird. Sensible enough liberal goals, though.

    One radical change to the federal government would be to fill seats in the House of Representatives by random selection — like jury duty, or military conscription (the draft). These Coffee Party people would probably do fine if selected and sent there.

  3. gcotharn says:

    What I think about the Coffee Party: bring it on! It’s a good thing when American citizens are more engaged in how the nation is being governed. I am pleased to see the coffee party gaining some traction – and the more traction it gains, the better. Lets get the issues into the public discourse as clearly as possible and as much as possible.

    • Rambie says:

      Gcotharn “What I think about the Coffee Party: bring it on! It’s a good thing when American citizens are more engaged in how the nation is being governed….”

      Agreed!

    • JeffersonDavis says:

      “What I think about the Coffee Party: bring it on! It’s a good thing when American citizens are more engaged in how the nation is being governed.”

      I totally agree, gcotharn……

      I attend the Tea Parties and I’ll probably attend these as well. The trick is to keeping either movement from being subverted by both corrupt parties. The GOP is attempting to do it to the Tea Party, and the DNC will most likely attempt it with the Coffee Party.

  4. jeff_pickens says:

    I’m signing up. Thanks for the coffee.

  5. Fr0sty says:

    If the Coffee Party wants to be taken seriously as a non-partisan group they best first scrub the internet of tidbits like this:

    http://www.youbama.com/newest/82/

    The caption of the above entry begins “Filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) and Asian Americans for Obama…”

    If the Coffee Party truly wants a return to small “d” democratic government they ought to be demanding the current administration and congress immediately scrap the health care bill and begin again with something more palatable to a majority of voters.

    Let’s just call the Coffee Party what it really is: astroturf.

  6. SteveCan says:

    “We are 100% grassroots. No lobbyists here. No pundits. And no hyper-partisan strategists calling the shots in this movement.”

    BWahahahahahahahaa

  7. Nancy Hanks says:

    Thanks for this post! Def need to safeguard democracy!! As an independent, I think we need to build independent organizations and not depend on the powers that be to tow the line. At the same time, I support any efforts to hold them accountable. I’m with you — Good luck!!!

  8. adelinesdad says:

    The side that is in power always wants to encourage calm and confidence in government.

    The side that is out of power always wants to encourage fear and feelings of fragility of the nation.

    Both sides are alluring to many and equally dangerous.

  9. StockBoySF says:

    THere are several comments on here about the Tea Party being “for conservatives” and the Coffee Party being geared towards liberals. I don’t see that.

    What goals and actions of the Coffee Party listed in this post are Republicans / conservatives against?

    • JeffersonDavis says:

      “What goals and actions of the Coffee Party listed in this post are Republicans / conservatives against?”

      Hey Stockboy! Good to see ya.
      None that I can see so far. I’m a lifelong Democrat, but go to the Tea Parties locally. In fact there are hundreds of us at many of the rallies. I’ll also attend the Coffe Parties as well.

      My main point is that the corrupt system (broken government) will attempt to subvert both movements. Both parties will do whatever it takes to keep or obtain power. They both must go down.
      This is the very reason George Washington warned the people of the dangers of formal political parties.

    • adelinesdad says:

      Watch the video here: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/content/coffee-party-how-we-began-0

      Of course the message is more carefully worded than the tea party message, which is to be expected (see my first comment). However, there’s no doubt that the agenda is to the left. The entire video is a rebuttal to the tea party and “obstructionist” Republicans, and strikingly insinuates that veiled racism is driving conservative politics. The positive message is that we should empower the federal government to solve our problems, contradicting the conservative ideal of limited federal government.

      Now, my point is not to agree or disagree with any of the above. But it is clear that it is a message is mostly in support of the Democratic/liberal agenda.

      I whole-heartedly support the call for more citizen involvement. If the message stopped there, I’d be on board. As it stands, I agree with others that welcome them to the political debate, but there’s no doubt that they do represent an ideology.

  10. Fr0sty says:

    From the article above: “My personal bias is to urge the participants to think past the hot issues and consider what are the obstacles to progress on these issues.”

    Hmm, what are the issues of the day? Healthcare reform is one I guess. What impedes “progress” on this issue? Obstructionism perhaps? Evil insurance companies? Pharma? Doesn’t that depend on your point of view on what the “progressive” solution ought to be? Perhaps what impedes “progress” most on this issue is that our legislators are trying to pass a bill that is truly unpopular with their constituents, no? Again, oughtn’t the Coffee Party be urging the government to do what a majority of voters want and scrap the bill? The Coffee Party seems either myopic, disingenuous or both from the get go. Could it be that the Coffee Party is simply a knee jerk reaction to the tea party movement, designed to steal some of their thunder and make them less relevant?

  11. dduck12 says:

    To the extent that either, or both, the TP and CPers, can get the attention of the Donkeys and the Elephants, I don’t see any harm in people grumbling about the status qua. The saying goes, you can’t get dumb animals to do anything until you get their attention.

  12. DLS says:

    “Could it be that the Coffee Party is simply a knee jerk reaction to the tea party movement, designed to steal some of their thunder and make them less relevant?”

    Yes, to denigrate them by being dishonest and saying that they, TP, are extremists, etc. (same lies as after 1994) while they, the CP, are “mainstream.”

    They’re not. They’re definite liberals. What we’re hearing or seeing more of is that they say they are “progressive.” It could be both Obama voters seeking a way to avoid apathy and more losses as in some elections recently, and (more likely, in my opinion) lib Dems who really believe the Dems (notably in the Congress) haven’t been far left enough (the consistent position on far-lefty talk radio these days), made especially frustrated by the current stoppage of legislation and possible failure what to them is a scandalously watered-down version of health care reform.

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