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“Coffee Party” – Government is the answer!

The apparent answer to the Tea Parties is something called the “coffee party”. Today, it launched itself. In West Palm Beach. At a Panera Bread franchise.

Venting about the conservative tea party movement and talking — at times heatedly — about the need for civility in public discourse marked the debut meeting of a local “coffee party” group today.

About 40 people showed up for the meeting at a Panera Bread restaurant, where organizer George Papison had booked a small room in expectation of a dozen or fewer.

Vintage propaganda – how to make “40” look bigger. Say you expected a dozen or fewer.  You have to wonder what the SEIU was doing today.

 Here’s the money quote though:

“To me, government is the answer. I’m really sort of perplexed,” said a man named Joe who said he had been a teacher for 44 years.

Yeah, that’ll resonate, Joe.  Somehow with that belief, I’d bet you’ve been perplexed most of your life.

Oh, and this too:

“We have to stop the mantra of no taxes, no taxes, no taxes,” said Marcia Halpern of Palm Beach Gardens.

Yessiree, get out there and sell that Marcia – it’s sure to have them packing the next meeting.  And, of course, the charge that the Tea Parties are all about “racism” was also made, natch.

Is anyone sure these aren’t really agents of the Tea Party movement doing a little political theater here? Admittedly it is the theater of the absurd but still.

Can’t wait to see the first protests signs: “More New Taxes” ought to be a big hit. 

~McQ

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17 Responses to “Coffee Party” – Government is the answer!

  • Tea Party —> Coffee Party.

    Hmm. Do most leftists suffer from projection? Certainly some of our lefty commenters around here have that problem.

  • I glanced at some coffee party stories today.  It’s as if their slogan is:
    “Government doesn’t work, so let’s give government more to do.”
    Which to me looks a lot like what both parties have been doing for the last 50 years.
     

  • This group has been alive and growing on Facebook for a month or more.  The pace at which they have grown makes me suspect Astroturf.  We shall see.

    • What can you say to people who say … “We have to stop the mantra of no taxes, no taxes, no taxes”  ?
      Send it in.   I won’t hold my breath.

    • No need to suspect astroturf, Tim.
      Within days, it was revealed that the founder is a registered lobbyist and Obama campaigner, IIRC.
      While I’m sure there are some already-lefty people who have joined in “to show those mean tea-party people who I hear are all crazy racists!”, the founding principle here doesn’t appear to be spontaneous organization.

      • The founder is not a registered lobbyist, but I sure see how rumors grow!  She is a videographer.  She volunteered (that is, not paid; gave of her time) for Obama.  Maybe she believed he might positively affect a country that was in 2 wars and a recession/bank-bailout under the previous president’s deregulation of banks.  Who knows.  At any rate, she appears to have been an idealist, hoping for change from the horrific  situations our country was in (and still is in, so her volunteerism didn’t fix the  problems), but not a lobbyist.

  • It should not be hard from them to grow quite large – they just need to get the mailing lists for government workers unions and academics, etc.

    • It’s easy to be paranoid and think of conspiracy stories.  It’s harder to research the truth.  The campaign has not used mailing lists.   I read an article and looked at their website and joined that day, two weeks ago.  As did tons of people.  And a lot of other people have joined after hearing from friends or seeing the articles in Dallas, in Kansas, and all over the country, or hearing the radio discussions.  We then told our friends.  That’s how it’s been going – word of mouth.  This country needs a movement to civilly and patiently discuss solutions, not angrily insult other citizens without listening to facts, which seems to be the mode of other groups.  You have no idea how many people are moved by this idea of civility.  Government is broken; the way to fix it is not to shout down elected officials without giving them any respect even though the shouters live in the area that elected them – the very people who appointed them, with their votes.  If you select a doctor and don’t like what the AMA is doing, you don’t go shout at him without letting him talk.  That is just ridiculous.  What kind of mothers taught these people manners?
      The way to remedy the economic situation caused by deregulation of banks and securities that imploded during President Bush’s second term is to fix the laws.  And campaign finance reform so corporations will stop deciding how Congress votes.
      If you go read the coffee party USA’s facebook forums for a day, you’ll see people joining up who are from all walks of life.  I have seen retirees, youngsters, and people from all ages and a huge range of occupations and political parties.  And there is no money, no funding.  We’ve all been buying our own posterboard and putting up our own chapters’ pages.  As opposed to Freedomworks and Fox News (showing the same small-crowd video loop seven times and calling it one large crowd).

  • As you can expect, the coffee party has gotten softball press as opposed to the racist nasty tea party

  • If only those g*dd**n f*cking RethugliKKKans would sit down and shut up, we could improve our national discourse and eliminate name-calling!
    ;)

  • Somebody left the door unlocked at the Funny Farm again.

  • Has MiniTru gotten around to referring to the Coffee Parties as “spontaneous and irrepressible” yet?  Seriously, it’s hard not to see this so-called movement as classic agitprop of the sort that the Soviets did all the time.  At least they were smart enough to call their phony movement Coffee Parties and not something more obvious like “Decent Non-Racist American Workers Socialist Popular Democratic United Front Parties” or some such.  I’m guessing that the Coffee Parties are going to be treated much like NOW, NARAL, and other lefty groups: if more than two of them show up anywhere, it’ll be big news as MiniTru desperately tries to make them seem like a true, widespread phenomenon and not a mixture of lefty cranks and paid shills.

    I’m sure that there are actually a few true believers in this movement.  Joe, the schoolteacher of 44 years, sounds like one: he’s used to living off the government teat and doubtless thinks that more goverment IS better.  Otherwise, I totally agree with all those here who scoff / laugh at trying to sell “more government” and “more taxes” to the American people.  There ain’t enough lipstick in the world for those pigs!

    Wacky HermitIf only those g*dd**n f*cking RethugliKKKans would sit down and shut up, we could improve our national discourse and eliminate name-calling!

    Bingo!  One wonders exactly what was said while these people were “[v]enting about the conservative tea party movement and talking — at times heatedly — about the need for civility in public discourse”.  I suspect Wacky Hermit hit the nail right on the head.

    • At least they were smart enough to call their phony movement Coffee Parties and not something more obvious like “Decent Non-Racist American Workers Socialist Popular Democratic United Front Parties” or some such.
       
      Don’t be so fast to say that. Look at the acronym. Coffee Party of USA = CPUSA  and Communist Party of USA = CPUSA

  • Because “lets raise taxes!” worked so well for Walter Mondale.

  • “We have to stop the mantra of no taxes, no taxes, no taxes,” said Marcia Halpern of Palm Beach Gardens.

    So is she saying that people who do not currently pay taxes should start to pitch in?