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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    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.

    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.

    I have been searching for a place of refuge like this for a long while. . . . It is not Us against the Govt. It is democracy vs corporatocracy . . . I just can't believe that the Tea Party speaks for all patriotic Americans. . . . Just sent suggestions to 50 friends . . . I think it's time we start a chapter right here in Tucson . . .

    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.

    The ideas aren't exactly fresh -- Tea Party chapters view themselves as civil, inclusive and fueled by collective will -- but the Coffee Party is percolating in at least 30 states. Small chapters are meeting up, venting frustrations, organizing themselves, hoping to transcend one-click activism. Kind of like the Tea Party did this last year, spawning 1,200 chapters, a national conference and a march on Washington.
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    By the way, the Coffee Party is indeed liberal. The above story describes one of the Coffee Party's goals as, "push leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent of the country voted in 2008." In other words, Annabel Park and her friends believe that President Obama's election was a mandate for the federal government to enact big-government policies - the sort of policies that Tea Party participants are opposed to.
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Liberal is not a political party. The democratic party of the US is a political party, and the largest party in the world with 72 million registered voters.

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    I never said Liberal is a political party. I said that only 20% of American identify themselves as being Liberals.
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    I am waiting for the ultimate all inclusive (except for practising mormons and muslims) Keg Party

    That party will cross party lines and include democrats, liberals, conservatives and republicans.

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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    I am waiting for the ultimate all inclusive (except for practising mormons and muslims) Keg Party

    That party will cross party lines and include democrats, liberals, conservatives and republicans.
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    How about a Beer-Party? I'll join that one!

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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    How about a Beer-Party? I'll join that one!
    I'm down. Primary party goal will be to halt the ever-present War on Alcohol. Too often the media has portrayed beer-drinkers as fat, lazy, stupid drunks in an effort to stigmatize our way of life!
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I'm down. Primary party goal will be to halt the ever-present War on Alcohol. Too often the media has portrayed beer-drinkers as fat, lazy, stupid drunks in an effort to stigmatize our way of life!
    That's right. They should portray us as we really are. As fat, lazy, stupid moderate alcohol drinkers!

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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Too often the media has portrayed beer-drinkers as fat, lazy, stupid drunks in an effort to stigmatize our way of life!
    Yeah. How dare the media do that! Don't they know that it's Hollywood's job to portray beer-drinkers as fat, lazy, stupid drunks?



    By the way, does the rise of the Beer Party mean that the Coffee Party is a bust?
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
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    Interesting. Should see how this goes. I personally could see this getting a lot of momentum. It's been a long time since there's been significant populist activity on the left, and this looks like it could lead to that.
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
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    Interesting. Should see how this goes. I personally could see this getting a lot of momentum. It's been a long time since there's been significant populist activity on the left, and this looks like it could lead to that.
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