The Left Gets Caffeinated
Posted by Dan Draney on March 3, 2010
Behold the Coffee Party, USA, 50,000-strong and growing:*
Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party. . . .
The slogan is “Wake Up and Stand Up.” The mission statement declares 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 we face as Americans.”
Local chapters are planning meetings in cities from Washington to San Antonio to Los Angeles (where there have been four in the last month.) The party (coffeepartyusa.org) is planning nationwide coffee houses for March 13, where people can gather to decide which issues they want to take on and even which candidates they want to support.
This summer, Ms. Park said, the party will hold a convention in the Midwest, with a slogan along the lines of “Meet Me in the Middle.” The party has inspired the requisite jokes: why not a latte party, a chai party, a Red Bull party? But Ms. Park said that while the Coffee Party — and certainly the name — was formed in reaction to the Tea Party, the two agree on some things, like a desire for fiscal responsibility and a frustration with Congress.
“We’re not the opposite of the Tea Party,” Ms. Park, 41, said. “We’re a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things.”
*Caveat: 50,000-strong on Facebook.
UPDATE: It turns out that Annabel Park, the Coffee Party’s founder, is a former New York Times employee and Obama campaign apparatchik, neither of which is disclosed in the article.
[Emphasis added] Sorry, Ms. Park, but with that Mission Statement, you most assuredly are “the opposite of the Tea Party” movement. I can’t imagine a single signer of the Declaration of Independence or member of the Constitutional Convention agreeing with the proposition that the federal government is “the expression of our collective will.” The Framers were acutely aware of the danger government power poses to individual liberty. Strong, central governments have proved to be “the enemy of the people” time after time all over the world.
The phrase “our collective will” reminded me of the poster at the right. From the site where I found the picture:
The Nazis viewed this as one of their best posters. It, too, is by Mjölnir. The caption translates: “National Socialism: The Organized Will of the Nation.” Goebbels claimed that Mjölnir perfected the art of drawing the Nazi Storm Trooper.
The phrases “collective will” and “organized will” are also staples of Marxist rhetoric. You could Google it.
So are the Coffee Party Nazis or Communists? Of course not. Well, there are probably a few, but mostly they just haven’t realized the logical outcome of putting the “collective will” ahead of the individual. But ideas have consequences, and the consequence of “collectivism” is inevitably tyranny. Most of those who followed leaders who claim to embody the “collective will” in Germany, Russia, Cambodia, etc. were not seeking to do evil. That road is paved with good intentions, but we can see where it leads. If we are willing to look and think.
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