In his Huffington Post blog, Jeffrey Abelson writes
They came, they talked, they listened — to each other. They were attentive and respectful, with nary a voice raised in anger. A most unconventional political gathering. … It was the first national convention for the Coffee Party, held last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky….
So what do they stand for? Simple. Small ‘d’ democracy. Not democracy as a team sport — but as an ongoing experiment in governing ourselves. One in which free individuals recognize that their own self-interest is inextricably bound up with the common good — a delicate balance that will only remain stable with the active participation of a supermajority of citizens getting in the game, getting informed, and making their reasoned voices heard — and acted upon….
Bottom line is that if the Coffee Party can contribute to even a modest increase in the number of Americans who walk the walk of the serious citizen — who shift their attitude about politics from it being a fatally flawed game rigged in favor of “them” — to a fluid, living, productive process by and about “us” — then it will have made an indelible mark in the pantheon of political movements in America.