Lately, you can't go more than a few minutes without hearing something about the Tea Party, the conservative group which initially had the unfortunate distinction of being named—"accidentally," we assume— after a somewhat comedic sex act.
What grabs national headllines are some of the more extreme members of the group shouting conspiracy theories, government paranoia and loose use of facts.
One can make the case that the stories in the news are told from the margins. If it's something everyone experiences, then it's not really news. But when candidates for governor tote around a dinosaur and call for the revolution, well, that's something you gotta see to believe.
Some of the more extreme, Tea-Party backed candidates have found some measurable primary election success, including Rand Paul in Kentucky whose comments about civil rights vs. property rights have caused some major controversy. In Nevada, Sharron Angle, who once claimed fluoride was part of a communist plot, recently won the Republican primary.
So, blind-sided as we may be by the whole schebang, it seems to be working. So what's the rational middle-of-the-road majority to do?
Well, maybe there's something to that "party" idea. But you know, without all that tea. Wanna find out? Well tonight, you can.
Swing by Fixx round 5:30 p.m. and hit up the monthly meeting of the Boise Coffee Party, which is taking action to get this turkey back on course, but with the crazy on the side.
COFFEE PARTY MISSION STATEMENT: The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.
Ow! Ow! Our heads just spun around. That's sounded so ... reasonable? Or is it ... Only one way to find out.