I actually joined the Coffee Party, but almost immediately dropped it after they told me what a wonderful writer and man David Brooks was. I'm sure he's okay to have a beer with, but as a columnist, I could build a better one out of a banana. Anyway, I'm too angry for this lot. But the FDR quote should be read, out loud, every morning in every classroom in the USA, right after the Pledge of Allegiance -- or instead of it.
Why I started Coffee Party USA - CNN.com
"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
When I began the Facebook fan page "Join the Coffee Party Movement," I had no idea what would transpire. It was about 1:30 a.m. January 26, and I was very frustrated with the endless news coverage about the Tea Party and the growing narrative that it represented America....
Over the course of many years, Americans have grown accustomed to thinking of two-party politics as a kind of a zero-sum game. If one team wins, the other team loses. The game framework encourages many Americans to be spectators passively watching professional politicians go at each other. Furthermore, it invites people to "game" the process to advance their personal or partisan agendas.
In Washington, recently the tactics have become so vicious that the game looks more like Ultimate Fighting. This is not acceptable.
The game framework is not an intrinsic quality of democracy. In fact, it is inconsistent with the basic tenets of democracy.