Tea Or Coffee?

The Tea Party is one of the most modern organisations in terms of using the latest technology. Its members comunicate with each other through networking sites such as Twitter, My Space and Facebook. Similarly, Annabel Park, a documentary film-maker, using facebook group established another group, which soon emerged as an organised party. On her facebook wall as an oposition to to conservative Tea Party she wrote:

“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 compassion.”

The Coffee Party, as it begun to be known as, uses the slogan “wake up and stand up.”  This movement is not as radical as the Tea Party. Many of its members were involved in the presidential campaign of Barrack Obama. What is more, in contrast to the Tea Party, the Coffee Party does not reject Obama’s reforms because, according to them, the federal government is not an enemy but it should meet the needs of all citizens. Thus, they encourage people to greater awareness of the situation in the country as well as involvement in politics. Thus, the Coffee Party, in comparison to the Tea Party, wants to have an impact on all politicians, not only on the Democrats.

Source: cnn.com, nytimes.com, coffeepartyusa.com, teapartypatriots.org

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Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm  Comments (3)  

Tea Party Ideology

The Tea Party Movement appeared on the American political scene in 2009. At first it was an unofficial spontaneous organization which members protested against taxes raised by Obama administration, especially against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Nevertheless, within just a few months it turned into a well organized political party.

What is interesting, the name “Tea Party” refers to the famous Boston Tea Party from December 16, 1773, when American colonists threw entire crates of tea stored on British merchant ships into the Boston Harbor. It was a protest against British taxation policy, The Tea Act, which imposed tax on the tea imported from the United Kingdom.

The Tea Party Movement, is a very diverse coalition of many different backgrounds. Notwithstanding, they all are for lower taxes, smaller governmental power, and lower deficits. Many of their views are quite controversial, like their opposition to immigrants. As far as structure is concerned, the Tea Party consists of three groups. The first element, Tea Party Patriots promote the conservative ideals. According to their official website they oppose:

“politicians who don’t read the bills they sign, excessive government growth, reckless government spending.”

The second group is the Tea Party Nation which was established in February 2010. According to their official website:

“We believe in Limited Government, Free Speech, the 2nd Amendment, our Military, Secure Borders and our Country!“

The third group of the movement, the Tea Party Express provides delivery services to agitators across the country. Their task is to encourage Americans to the party program.

Sources: The Economist online 10/06/2010;  teapartypatriots.org; teapartynation.com; teapartyexpress.org/

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Left wing newspapers and the Tea Party.

Now let’s see what one of the biggest German newspapers and a rather small weekly magazine have to say about the Tea Party movement. The süddeutsche Zeitung’s article already suggest where it wants to go with the headline:

Tea Party: Zwischen Hysterie und Aberwitz

which translates to something like: Tea Party: Between hysteria and folly. So the author must really take them seriously. Fox-News, the channel which sometimes like to call Obama an evil socialist or a political wimp, is mentioned. They apparently let their reporters swarm out to locate each and every tiny Tea Party meeting. After all this can be seen as something which bothers all of America.  MSNBC, the leftwing equivalent to Fox-News, did the same thing, only did they not praise the Tea Parties but trivialized them. Interestingly enough both channels are owned by Rupert Murdoch. So after all political debates on TV are nothing more than entertainment. The most important thing is that the viewers don’t change the channel. The article also says that Washington does not pay too much attention to the whole Tea Party thing, since they, like we already know, are stuck between hysteria and folly.

The second article, found in “Der Freitag”, is discussing something most people who are for the Tea Party probably do not even know about. According to the article the Tea Party movement is the only rising politcal movement which appeals to most of the American working-class. However, the movement’s goals would not benefit them but only seclude them even further from the rest of the society. Most people would not gain any benefits out of a system which taxes everybody the same and rolls back Obamas health reform. Also the tax cuts in legacy tax and capital gains tax would probably pass most of the working Americans. All of these things only help the already super rich and the big corporations. Funny how most of these people don’t care about what they are actually protesting for, or maybe they do know and want to go back to the whole “everyone for himself” mentality which seems to be deeply rooted in every American’s mind

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm  Comments (1)  

What is the Coffee Party?

It all started with a facebook fan page. Annabel Park, founder of the Coffe Party, was frustrated about the mediacoverage the Tea Party was getting all over America.

She felt that the Tea Party movement was not representing the true America. More than 155,000 people joined the fan page in less than six weeks. Rigth now there are 221.269 people supporting the Coffee Party on facebook. According to their own website

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.

The members see themselves as a diverse group in every regard. Annabel Park herself was born in Korea and immigrated to the United States when she was nine years old. Ethnically, geographically and politically distinct people who are supposedly 100% grassroots. They aim for a government “that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our voters and by our voices.

Park says that America’s democracy is a democracy with vulnerabilities and loopholes. For example the masses of lobbyists who work for big corporations and ultimately give them a disproportionate influence over the American government. However, I guess that’s how most people feel the government should look like, since it is not supposed to provide corporations with the most profitable laws to do business with but to represent the interests of the poeple.

And for all of you who do not like to read, here is a video featurung Annabel explaining  how they began.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment