There is an old Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." I don't have to tell anyone that we definitely do. We see all these problems facing us as a nation and are rightfully concerned, often frustrated and sometimes angry. Some folks see these problems and say, "No! Don't try to fix anything, you'll just make it worse. We need to cut taxes and get government out of the way; the free market will fix everything." These people are Tea Partiers. They appear to be motivated largely by fear, anger, resentment and a profound misunderstanding of history and economics. They have made a lot of noise in the course of the last year, and they have received even more attention in the news media.
But there are those of us who see these serious problems and say, "These problems need to be addressed, now. These are complex problems that didn't appear overnight, but we need to put our heads together to come up with some serious solutions. We need to reevaluate our national priorities — we need a federal government that functions. And we need legislators in Washington to understand that we sent them there to work for us, not for special interests, and that it is time to get things done for the people."
We are the Coffee Party USA and we need you to help us send this message to Washington. And we will be having meet-ups at several locations in Asheville on March 13. Check the Calendar section in the Mountain Xpress for more details or go to www.coffeepartyusa.com.
It is our government, and we already have all the power we need to demand change, but in order to use our power we have to be active participants in the political process. Tag — you're it.
— Matt Rawlings