I like coffee more than tea. And I like the Coffee Party movement hugely more than the Tea Party version.
The Coffee Party got brewed up by Annabel Park via a status update on her Facebook page.
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.
Friends replied, and more friends replied. So last month, in her Silver Spring apartment, Park started a fan page called "Join the Coffee Party Movement." Within weeks, her inbox and page wall were swamped by thousands of comments from strangers in diverse locales, such as the oil fields of west Texas and the suburbs of Chicago.
May the Coffee Party live long and prosper. This country certainly needs it.
Outrage at how things are going isn't limited to the angry, anti-government, Obama-bashing acolytes of the Tea Party movement. I'm convinced that there are just as many -- if not more -- people who are frustrated because they feel that government is key to the solution of our most pressing problems, rather than being the cause of them.
So far the only Coffee Party group within 100 miles of me is being organized in Portland. Oh, well. Progress always comes late to Salem (we're still waiting for a Trader Joes to come to town).
I've signed on to the cause through the Coffee Party Facebook page. And whenever I have a cup of coffee, which is frequent, I'll send out positive caffeinated vibrations to the group.
Here's a five-minute You Tube video that does a good job of communicating why the Coffee Party makes a heck of a lot more sense than the Tea Party.