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
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.
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