I was really excited about the coffee party until I read all their rules, requirements and the pledge to play nice. And then there was the slew of comments (including from myself) pledging good manners and our vast differing ideas of what the movement should be. Honestly it began to seem like a scene from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian. Are we the Judean People’s Front or the People’s Front of Judea? I don’t care as long as you call me Loretta.
In all due respect for the founder and the members, the coffee party’s desire is to have reasonable dialog on policy. Has anyone been watching the news? Have we watched the healthcare debate? Have we not witnessing the lies and the fear mongering?
Engage those who disagree with reasonable discussion and debate. Okay. How do you reason with people who are convinced Obama is a terrorist Arab born in Kenya? How do you discuss policy with someone who protests the government will take over his Medicare? You can’t. Wake up.
Tactics here do not call for politely debating political ideology over a non fat decaf foam free latte. It requires a really sharp mind brought on by espresso or dare I say Turkish coffee. Here are my suggestions:
Ignore republican terrorists (Bachmann, Beck, Coulter) Don’t indulge their wackiness. It’s like the bully on the playground. They see weakness they will continue to attack. If they get attention for being crazy, they will get crazier. Ignore them now.
- Stick to the facts by indulging in humor a la Stephen Colbert or John Stewart. Or Funny or Die’s SNL video on the CFPA, or my favorite “Get your Jesus of My Penis.” Never under estimate the power of humor.
- Use props effective props like Alan Grayson.
- Go berserk and shock your opponents like mild mannered Anthony Wiener.
To quote a bumper sticker I read recently, “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.”
And remember America is home of the brave, let’s not only have the courage to stand up for what we believe, the courage to see truths. We have to make sure I nice, polite and reasonable voices don’t resonate like a whisper.