Not long ago, I caught the tail end of a television interview with Obama supporter Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party USA. What little I heard of the interview sounded like it was the progressives’ answer to the tea-party movement. The party’s mission statement, as posted on its website, is as follows:
The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grass-roots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.
The above is clearly a not-so-subtle attack on the tea-party people. While it is vague, it’s easy to spot its progressive tone when you break it down into its component parts.
- “The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government.”
This is code for “conservatives and libertarians should go along with Obama’s socialist agenda.” Personally, I don’t want to see “cooperation” in Washington. Like most Americans, I want to see government gridlock. Giving these scoundrels our money is one thing; having them use it to impose more laws on us is another.
- “We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans.”
Sorry, coffee people, but I’m not buying it. Government is the enemy of the people, because it violates the natural rights of its citizens. The Founding Fathers repeatedly warned us to distrust government. It is the very attitude of the coffee-party people that has brought the U.S. to the verge of collapse and dictatorship.
Regarding the expression of our “collective will,” as with the “common good,” there is no such thing. The government is an expression of a criminal class that increasingly violates our liberty. With some notable exceptions, politicians lie, steal, cheat and deceive the public while enriching themselves at our expense.
As to “participating in the democratic process,” the tea-party people have been doing just that, and the result has been nonstop verbal abuse from the president, progressives in Congress and, above all, the cheerleading media. Those in power are most decidedly against the democratic process, the essence of which is public demonstration and the expression of discontent with those in power.
- “As voters and grass-roots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.”
Hmm … I just can’t imagine which leaders they might be referring to when they allude to “work toward positive solutions.” (Hint: government’s recent takeover of health care.)
As to “holding accountable those who obstruct them,” didn’t one of those “leaders who work toward positive solutions” once yell out to members of the opposing party, “If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.” Gosh, what a coincidence. Epithets such as “hold you accountable” and “call you out” are nothing more than threats from those who don’t like to hear opposing opinions.
In her television interview, Annabel Park said that she wants to see cooperation in government to “get things done for the common good.” Once someone uses an abstract phrase such as “the common good,” it automatically puts them in one of two categories: ignoramus or Marxist.
There is no such thing as the common good, because what is good for me may be bad for you, and vice versa. Civilized people work to improve their own well-being, and they do so while respecting the rights of others to do the same.
I don’t know whether BHO’s henchmen are behind the coffee “movement” or not, but one thing is certain: The progressive power holders will give it their full support, as will their media pawns (ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, etc.).
The bottom line to the coffee party’s mission statement is this: Paint the tea-party people to be terrorists, fascists, racists, obstructionists … all the things BHO and his surrogates having been trying, unsuccessfully, to do for the past year.
My advice to the tea-party people is to ignore the coffee-party phonies. They are not a real movement, thus they will always lack the one thing the tea-party people have in abundance: passion. The tea-party movement is a true grass-roots movement whose only agenda is to remove the criminal class in Washington and work to elect some semi-honest politicians to office – then hold them accountable for defending the Constitution of the United States.
Isn’t it interesting that the coffee party does not so much as mention the Constitution in its mission statement? That’s because the chief purpose of the Constitution is to put restraints on government.
The coffee-party people sound like Powellists (as in Colin Powell) to me. You know, “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”
Beware the coffee party, and don’t be surprised if you hear the Obafiosa continually referring to it in positive ways. After all, these are reasonable people who want to see “cooperation in government” and who threaten to “hold accountable those who obstruct leaders who work toward positive solutions.”
One final dead giveaway: On its website, the coffee party refers to “our Founding Fathers and Mothers.” Now that’s what you call politically correct, even if it rewrites history. No wonder they don’t mention the Constitution.