As I pour yet another cup this morning I found myself nodding in agreement to this post on the Coffee Party blog:
Our focus is on the democratic process. We want to encourage everyone–no matter their positions on issues–to participate in the process in a civil and responsible way.
We want the political process broken down into three steps:
1) open and respectful dialogue
2) thoughtful and informed deliberation
3) competent and decisive execution.
A grassroots populist movement that seeks to channel frustration, anger and the energy of engaged Citizens in a useful direction–now that’s unusual in our politics and worth supporting. I’m going to an eye on this because statements like this make sense. It is an invitation to the sane among us (so I guess that means it will be a small movement).
Even if a group of Citizens having reasonable conversations to try and solve problems and improve our Government can’t compete with the teevee ready craziness of the astro-turf corporate funded TeaBaggers of Wingnutopia, it is still an effort at real Citizenship that is worthy of support (IMHO).
and yes, feel free to use this as an Open Thread…