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Photos: What a Night! Maggie Hansford Kicks Off Campaign for Brentsville...

The following report, including photos (video to follow), is from "9500 Liberty" co-producer and Indigo Light Social Media Director Annabel Park. Note that Prince...

Kenny Boddye Kicks Off Campaign for Prince William County Board of...

by Annabel Park Congrats to Kenny Allen Boddye for launching his campaign to serve on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors! This is a man with...

Democracy vs. Republic, Foul Pole vs. “Fair Pole”

Over at the Coffee Party website, Annabel Park refutes the ridiculous notion that America isn't big enough to be both "a representative democracy and a republic." Annabel explains:
The whole meme that we are not a democracy but a republic is based on a distortion and diminution of the concept of democracy into a single, abstract form of it: a direct and pure democracy. Yes, we do not have THAT form of a democracy. We don't go to the polls to make every single governmental decision.  We have a representative democracy in which elected leaders are empowered by the voters.

A direct and pure democracy is only one form of a democracy. There are various models...

Got that? No, it's really not that difficult a concept, except to people who try really hard to make it difficult. As Eric Byler points out, it's analagous to  "baseball fans eager to prove their superiorty without putting in the time to study, let alone play the actual game," who claim that the "foul pole is in fair territory," thus should be called the "FAIR pole." Eric's response? "Every time I hear that I think (1) congratulations, you heard someone else say that and remembered how to repeat it exactly, and (2) it doesn't prove you know more about baseball than the other 50,000 fans in the park."  

Ha, so true. But something tells me it won't stop people from saying it, just like the people claiming we're not "really" a "Democracy" (or people claiming that "progressive" is the same as "socialist" or Barack Obama isn't the "real" kind of Christian, or that global warming's a big plot by environmentalists, or whatever other nonsense they're spewing these days).

Is It Time for a “Transpartisan Dialogue” Over “Coffee?”


At this point, after watching the "Party of No" and the "Tea Party" in action since Barack Obama's election (and, really, during the entire Bush presidency), I'm highly skeptical that Coffee Party founder Annabel Park's suggestion of "transpartisan dialogue" will prove to be worthwhile. How can you "dialogue" with people who create their own "facts," who are impervious to empirical evidence (e.g., the overwhelming science of global warming), who hold ignorant and bigoted views (Islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, key word "phobic") of their fellow citizens, who hold Democracy itself - and "dialogue," for that matter - in contempt?

I mean, I wish Annabel luck, and if anyone can do it she probably can; seriously, the woman's a force of nature. And maybe, just maybe, a movement of rational, culturally diverse, fact-based, solutions-oriented, and non-partisan (rather than hyper-partisan to the point of blindness) people, opening a "transpartisan" dialogue over "coffee" with the non-crazy elements of the Republican/Tea Party coalition, can win the day in 2010 America.  I'm skeptical, but I hope to be proven wrong later this month when the "Coffee Party" holds its convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Go Annabel (and her similarly super-talented partner, Eric Byler, too)!

Roger Ebert: Sarah Palin and “Coffee Party” Founder Should Debate


Well, this would sure be interesting. Entertaining, anyway!  What do you think? Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin vs. Coffee Party founder Annabel Park in a debate, with or without notes scribbled on their hands? Heh.

UPDATE: Annabel writes on the Coffee Party's Facebook page:

Roger Ebert thinks I should be "in conversation w/ Sarah Palin." Actually, I'd like to debate her. The debate can be a fundraiser for the victims of the Gulf Oil Spill and 99ers (unemployed for over 99 weeks, not covered by the benefit extension). What do you say, Sarah? -- Annabel

Eric and Annabel Take the PW Immigration Story Around the Country


Annabel Park and Eric Byler seem to be hitting it big with their superb film on the Prince William County battle over immigration, 9500 Liberty. In coming weeks, the film will be opening in El Paso, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Wilmington, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and several other cities. Extremely impressive. Meanwhile, here in Virginia, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart hopes to take his so-called "rule of law" resolution statewide, prompting at least one person to challenge him for his job.  Frighteningly, Stewart has ambitions for statewide office, possibly LG in 2013.  Just imagine a ticket of Kook-inelli for Governor, Corey Stewart for LG, and...I'm afraid to ask who the Republicans will come up with for AG.  You thought it was bad now?  Just give it 3 more years, it's a near certainty the Republicans will work on making it worse.

Coffee Party Video: Lawrence Lessig Says “Clean Up Wall Street &...


Nice job by Laurence Lessig and the Coffee Party Movement.
...The financial system has been so mismanaged, because Congress is terrified that if they do the right thing they will be punished by the very people they are trying to regulate. And that's why it is so critical right now, for people across the country, whether from the left or the right, to push extraordinarily hard to achieve two critical reforms.  Number one, a reform of the banking system, so that these people don't have the power to blackmail our Congress into giving them the special deals that they want. And number two, a reform of campaign financing, so that people cannot use their extraordinarily powerful wealth and influence to affect and hold hostage our Congress. These are critical reforms and we need them right now...

College Students Speak Out for Campus Coffee Week April 17-25, 2010


For more complete instructions for Campus Coffee Week, go to www.CoffeePartyUSA.com.

Campus Coffee Week April 17-25


Great stuff as always by Annabel Park, Eric Byler, et al. BTW, Coffee Party membership is now up to 199,033 fans on Facebook.  

Annabel Park Talks “Coffee” and “Tea” On Kojo Nnamdi Show


Great stuff from Coffee Party founder Annabel Park on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. The key message? As one commenter explains, it's that "everyone needs to be an active participant in our democracy at all times - and not just during political campaigns or critical policy decisions"; also, that everyone needs to "participate in democracy through civil discourse geared toward the discovery of common ground."  As another commenter writes, "We do have a Government that we can fix." This is in stark contrast to the Tea Party, which - as Annabel explains - "has declared war on the federal government and objects to pretty much what it stands for conceptually."  In stark contrast, Annabel believes that "the federal government really has to be part of the solution." I couldn't agree more - with Annabel and the Coffee Party, that is.