I'm intrigued by the Coffee Party
Yesterday, Facebook suggested that I might be interested in becoming a fan of the coffee party. So I checked it out. The name is an obvious reference and counter to the TEA party movement, which is a movement I definitely don't support.
The Coffee Party's objective seems to be to be, at least in part, to show that, even in diversity, we can have agreement. They're certainly NOT looking to form together as a bunch of same-thinking, brainwashed automatons, which I think is characteristic of some of the criticism that's been launched against them, but are instead encouraging lively but respectful discussion. The item I liked the most from their site is the Civility Pledge, which I was happy to "sign":
As a member or supporter of the Coffee Party, I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is civil, honest, and respectful toward people with whom I disagree. I value people from different cultures, I value people with different ideas, and I value and cherish the democratic process.
I don't expect that the Coffee Party is going to become a political party in the sense that the Democratic and Republican parties are, and that I think the TEA Party wants to be. Rather, they're speaking on against the bickering senseless posturing that's characterized US politics recently, from both sides of the aisle. And that's a position I can heartily agree with.