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    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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    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.
    From what little I've read, and there's only a little, I don't necessarily think this is a left-wing populist movement. If you compare it to the Tea Party, of course it is left-wing, but that's only because the Tea Party is so much right-wing.

    Rather, I see that, so far, the Coffee Party is a populist movement who feels that the Tea Party doesn't accurately represent their interests. Now this may be for reasons of rhetoric or it could be reasons of goals or it could be reasons of methods.

    So far, their main message is "We aren't the Tea Party and we want to be heard too." However, I don't know if they've really said anything yet.

    I'd really like to see what they stand for or what their platform is before we label them as right-wing or left-wing. It could be that they are a left-wing populist movement but it could also be that they are a right-wing populist movement with fewer undercurrents of negativity towards the left-wing (for example, they are right-wingers, but refuse to call Obama a nazi or a socialist or a marxist or a muslim).

    I'd really like to see more before I make a judgment on them.

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

    **** this I'm creating my own movement:

    Organization for the Control, Deportation, and Extermination of Prehistoric Dinosaurs

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    **** this I'm creating my own movement:

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    I create my own movement every day after I eat my bran cereal.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I create my own movement every day after I eat my bran cereal.
    Called "Movement for High In Fiber Unexpected Defecation"?
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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.
    It will be interesting to watch the Coffee Party and the Democrat party split a voting block that makes up 20% of the country...
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I create my own movement every day after I eat my bran cereal.
    That made me .

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

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It will be interesting to watch the Coffee Party and the Democrat party split a voting block that makes up 20% of the country...
    Ummm, I think that's an awfully low number for Democrats and liberals in the U.S.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Ummm, I think that's an awfully low number for Democrats and liberals in the U.S.
    Only 20% of the country identifies itself Liberal.

    We already have the Green Party, the socialists and the communists. Another Leftist party is exactly what the doctor ordered...
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    Re: Coffee Party activists say their civic brew's a tastier choice than Tea Party's

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Only 20% of the country identifies itself Liberal.

    We already have the Green Party, the socialists and the communists. Another Leftist party is exactly what the doctor ordered...
    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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