The Washington Post reported that a group called The Coffee Party USA was launched on Facebook to counter the Tea Party peeps.
"We the People demand: Reason and civility in public affairs; A government accountable to the People; Liberty & Justice for All" ~ The Coffee Party USA
Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party -- the scattershot citizen uprising against big government and wild spending -- Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook status update.
If both groups agree that the system is broken, the officials ignore the people, and the media warps the truth, why are tea party people being attacked for believing the same thing?let's start a coffee party . . . smoothie party. red bull party. anything but tea. geez. ooh how about cappuccino party? that would really piss 'em off bec it sounds elitist . . . let's get together and drink cappuccino and have real political dialogue with substance and compassion.The snowballing response made her the de facto coordinator of Coffee Party USA, with goals far loftier than its oopsy-daisy origin: promote civility and inclusiveness in political discourse, engage the government not as an enemy but as the collective will of the people, push leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent of the country voted in 2008.
Deep down, underneath the Tea Party's Revolutionary War garb and the Coffee Party's faded HOPE stickers, they seem to want the same thing. To save America. Which raises the question: "From what?"
The easy answer is "each other," when really their complaints are similar and eternal: The political system is broken, elected officials ignore the people, and the media warp truths and pit sides. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that two-thirds of Americans are "dissatisfied" or "angry" with the federal government," the highest level in 14 years, and many have sought solace in social networking. The Coffee Party, whether it grows or fizzles, is the latest effort to turn virtual disenchantment into real-world results. Its members are incited by Tea Party tactics, which they believe obstruct reform and discourage thoughtful deliberation, and the Tea Party -- well, the Tea Party has not heard of the Coffee Party.
Did it occur to the Coffee People that the media is DISTORTING the tea parties and the tea party attendees? Did it occur to them that maybe the people who are yelling are frustrated because the system is broken, and they are being ignored?
Anyway...I checked out the facebook page. Most people seem to be progressive Dems who are mad that Obama hasn't led up to the hype, and they want to push the Dems to push further left. (There isn't a lot of info on the site, so that was my take away from reading the comments.) It sounds like they have similar complaints, they just want a different outcome.
This is some of the reason and civility you can find on their site (and I'm sure some people will argue and say that you can't control all the people who comment...but of course, that benefit isn't extended to Tea Party people is it?):
Janet Thoma The Republicans dont want to be identified with the Tea Party but do sanction the misguided efforts of this uninformed and uninteligent group. Thank you so much for giving a voice to us, the silent majority that embraces progress and know how to think critically and shuns the mass stupidity that runs rampant in the Tea Party.
Antevasin Nelson I joined this group because I am fed up with the extreme right wing racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, inhumane, intolerant, selfish, & idiotic behavior. And those who try to hide behind religion and the label of conservatism to explain away their disgusting predjudices!!!!!!
Max Holland "Tea Party" people are so uninformed anyway, starting with the name of their movement! The Boston tea party was an attack on UNTAXED British tea in Boston harbor which undercut the price of smuggled Dutch tea, in which our founding father's were highly invested. John Hancock was one of the more notorious tea smuggler... (I am pretty sure this dude is wrong...)
Deborah Lemieux Finally! Something that doesn't have to do with tea and tihe fear-mongering, and homogenity (both social and political) that they represent. In my opinion, we truly need to move away from the whole Lee Atwater style of politics of "win at any cost -- who gives a f-ck about the truth." Now, if we can only do it...
Doug Hinnant Sounds reasonable, so I'll take a chance and join in support of the sentiment. I would love to see reasonable dialogue without name-calling and accusations.
Scott Mears Terrific idea to counter the tea party baboons!
Joseph E. Bowker I am a Socialist-Democrat - far to the left of our Great President Obama who is a Center/Left-Moderate Democrat. Teabaggers are bad sorry losers who do not want a black president. Prove me wrong. Otherwise, Teabaggers need to reconsider their Obstructioism.
Jenn Knox Hastings I usually hate to throw around the word "racism," but what else would cause the teabaggers to doubt Obama's birth certificate (especially when there was a better argument against McCain being a natural born citizen, but of course he's the whitest person on the planet) and to constantly remind us that his middle name is Hussein?
Prentiss Goodroad Finally! Something that doesn't involve dogma, religion and it's associated social rules, and fear created by political and corporate backers! Frankly, it seemed as tho this country was moving toward the rabid right....and I mean really rabid....and losing any character at all. The dems compromising into unreconizibility of what we voted for and the repubs transforming into the far reaches of ideology. Gov't has its purpose and it's price....we cannot exist without either.....but it must be controlled by the people's will in a fair way with EQUAL representation (not 2 senators for a state population that commands only 1 representative....this has distorted our national vote since inception). I applaud the efforts of rational, sane individuals to try to throw off the influences that have shredded our integrity.
Kimberly Johnson Civil discussions with people who do not think education and information = elitist (bad). What an amazing concept. I love it!
Dan Lear I can't wait until we all meet at our national convention. Imagine! A stadium full of rational people!
William Freudenthal no death panels ? no birthers ?
Olivera Teodorovic I like tea more than coffee (I drink coffee only when it has a crapton of stuff put in it) but GOD those airheads in the Tea Party piss me off. A for-profit organization (of whiny bitches who actually pay Sarah Failin to give speeches to their followers ugh) like them have no right to claim the name of the not-for-profit revolutionary American historical event.
Deborah Hartogensis Godden An intriguing development, but can it really calm down the nasty hysteria and polarization that is harming the nation? Can it help bring about an understanding that our government is not evil and something to be fought? That our representative government is us?
James Eugene Huffman I'm hopeful for an intelligent conversation without hyperbole, 'sound-bite' responses, and fear-mongering. "Come, let us reason together..."
Michael J. Olah It's about time people stood up against the misinformation filled vindictive attacks causing government to cease functioning.
Scott Sorg Thank you for providing an alternative to all the crap that the right wing crazies are spewing out endlessly.
Bart Fontana Yes! Thank you. This is like Air America was to me when they went on the air. I'm surrounded by right wingers here in central Illinois and believe when I tell you that it makes me feel insane. I grew up here and I can't understand what causes people I have known my entire life to believe the things that they do. So, nice to know there are more of me out here. Awww.
Marinell DeGraffenreid I live in Texas. I am so sick of sweet tea and the crazy tea party people
Charlie Fink Here. Here. Let's stop the fear mongering.
Neil De La Flor Question: can we still enjoy tea even though we're party of the coffe party? Green tea? And, can we also enjoy the art of teabagging even if we're for the art of humane discourse? :-)
Stuart Scarborough An excellent idea. I am tired of the shrill fear-mongering voices being the only ones people hear.
Stan Sloan The Coffee Party represents the heart of American democracy. We "javajoiners" should not allow the tea party know nothings to dominate the political playing field!
Judy Leetzow I want to join or start a Coffee Party in Bradenton FL. I am sick of the crazies. I am a moderate Republican and the crazies have ruined the GOP and it will be the country next.
Ryan Stotler If you like the Coffee Party Movement, be sure to check out Progress America. It is a group I formed no more than a month ago and could use some constructive ideas. We are essentially the twin of this movement, I started it because of the constant spoon fed nonsense about the Tea Party Patriots.
Liz Pinto I'm tired of having my "voice for change" drowned out by those who have no clue they're being exploited by the GOP and the corporations they represent. Frank Luntz sure is earning his money! PASS THE CREAM AND SUGAR!
Jeff Welling It's so encouraging to click on these page and see a hundred new fans! It's high time that those of us who cherish rationality and discourse collectively say ENOUGH to the forces of hatred and ignorance that want to destroy the country that we all share and love.
Jim Brown Finally, an activist group for me! I'm tired of obstructionist wing nuts attempting to co-op patriotism. I love America, too, and I want progress!
ay Nunenkamp I'm conflicted; on the one hand, I'm a liberal democrat tired of listening to right-wing fearmongering and racism. On the other hand, I like tea.
Steve Dupuis I'm so very happy to see this "Coffee Party Movement". The tea party movement, in my opinion, is a pack of ill informed, blindly led, right wingers, who guzzled the republican koolaid.
Kevin McCollum I think this is a great idea and it appears to be a true grassroots idea not astroturfed like the tea party. I look forward to learning more and adding my voice.
Kevin Duncan If you had a Repub. friend and a Dem friend hanging from the cliff...Who would you help?......* Answer- Always pick the Dem friend because he will reach down and help your other friend.....> Just thought you should know...
Naomi Bindman How can the republicans claim to speak for "The People" when they don't even have a majority????
David H. McCoy Let's get this country going again. I'm weary those these reactionary millionaire pundits and these anti-education wingnuts dominating the news.
Julia Tanner College Movement - how to jump-start? Chapters for Campuses? It'd be great if we could get Tea Partiers to listen to the real truth about their non-fact-based media, because right now they believe Fox News and Rush regardless of how often their "truthity" is debunked with indisputable facts. It would be awesome if we could convince these folks and fence-sitters to watch and listen to fact-based media. But sadly, studies have shown conservatives are the people most likely to use only one or two sources of information. How can we get to them before they happen to hear and be entertained by Fox or Rush? College movement, anyone? Do we need campus chapters?
Dawn Sheridan Slinsky Unbelievable - since I joined a couple of hours ago it has grown by nearly 5,000. Tea-baggers, watch out, there's a new kid in town!
Bren Tierney THINK - Something to which the Teabaggers have an apparent aversion
Matthew Chiapperino So glad to see something like this. I am severely disturbed at the Tea Party movement and it's goal of dividing and ruining this country in a simple play of politics. It's also disturbing to hear people take the words of Glenn Beck as gospel. Fact: Glenn Beck is not even considered part of Fox's news division...he's classified as entertainment...yet he is a key leader in the Tea Party movement. People need to start thinking for themselves and politicians need to stop playing politics and focus on the issues!
David Deming I'm afraid I don't quite get this group. The description states that the group stands for "liberty" "for all," but I don't see anyone advocating a return to 19th century laissez faire. Health care? If you really belive in "liberty," then end all state regulation, licensing, and control. Take away the physician's state-granted monopoloy. Make all drugs freely available. Stop regulating health insurance companies, end all mandates. Abolish the FDA.
Gail P Ferreira if you don't "get this group".. then perhaps you should exit that way-------->
Patrick McMahon Don't get the group? Change the channel. Go be with the right wing groups that the media loves and covers so much. Inclusion? Of backwards looking people. That's like bringing someone with measles onto the Mayflower.
Dan Lear I ask only that we maintain civility. The Tea Party is dangerous and their rhetoric is inaccurate and hateful. If this is different, I'm in. Show hateful or cultish stripes, and I'm out!
Louis Chevere Thank god for this movement. All we need now is some more media exposure, rallies, and town halls to get us out there to let them know tea baggers doesn't make up all of the country. THANK YOU!!!!!
UPDATE: More civility...
Lorena Cassady I am retired in Mexico and unfortunately there is a sizeable Tea Party contigent here, chuggalugging their tequila and ranting about Obama in their trailer parks. The good news is that they have left the US. The bad news is that they vote.
Bill Muller This site looks awesome, finally! Now we need to target all this mis-information being broadcast about healthcare...If it wasn't for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert I'd been in a straight-jacket by now. COLBERT NATION!
Nick Wreden Time for common sense. Now if we can only get the media to abandon the tea party crazies and join us.....
Donna Farrell I am so sick and tired of the antics of the lunitic fringe getting all the congressional and media attention...it makes them appear as it they represent most Americans!
Melanie Mumma It was scary that no one was saying anything to the hateful screaming Tea Party carrying guns to meetings basically advocating killing other citizens who want health care reform. This is a good first step
Diane Shannon Hansell I think that is why people love Sarah Palin. They love people who they can identify with... a non-intellectual, like them. Frankly.... I want my doctor, my accountant and my President to be smarter than me.
So much for civility.
More at memeorandum.com.
I just saw this at Left Coast Rebel - perhaps not so grass roots after all?
Be sure to check out this video and post at American Power, too. More race baiting?
And I don't know how I missed this one today from newsbusters.com (I just ripped off the cawfy tawk photo from their site - love it!!)
Allahpundit from Hot Air just posted this, Disaffected lefties launch … “Coffee Party” movement.
No Sheeples Here has a post, Déjà Brew: The Feeling That You've Had This Coffee Before (I love their header! So flippin cute!)