Needed: better political symbolism

I’m all for an alternative to the “Tea Party” phenomenon that believes in “promot[ing] civility and inclusiveness in political discourse, engag[ing] the government not as an enemy but as the collective will of the people, [and] push[ing] leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent of the country voted in 2008.” But “Coffee Party”? Really? At least “tea party” actually refer to an important, resonant event in our political history, even if Glenn Beck doesn’t seem to realize that Tom Paine believed in progressive taxation and the welfare state.

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