Uploaded on Nov 3, 2011
Impromptu speech concludes outdoor portion of Citizens Intervention rally. Moments earlier, Coffee Party co-founder Eric Byler was informed the rally would move indoors to allow open mic to continue despite falling temperatures and falling ice/snow/freezing rain. The open mic went late into the evening at Hamilton's Bar and Grill two blocks away.
The mission of the Coffee Party is to fight the Cycle of Corruption, and restore self-governance to the People. To do so, we must achieve
Campaign finance reform
Wall Street reform
Tax code reform
As voters and grassroots volunteers, we understand that the federal government is not our enemy, but the expression of our collective will. We pledge to support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them. Our goal is not to destroy our government. Our goal is to fix it.
We believe that the influence of money on our political process, and, the politics of fear and division work together to stand in the way of a government of, by, for the people. Coffee Party members welcome the diversity of thought, background, and circumstance that is found in the cities, towns, and neighborhoods of our country.
We maintain independence from all political parties and labels. We are trans-partisan, but being trans-partisan does not mean we cannot take positions. It means that Coffee Party members arrive at positions based on principles and facts, not on party affiliation. By seeking and sharing accurate information, we empower ourselves and others to take action and participate in the deliberative process.
The Constitution and the common good are not in opposition. The Constitution was written for the common good, to allow the People to stand together against abuses of power. We cannot allow the Constitution to be appropriated by small factions, or used to justify extreme tactics.
Our love of country is not based on cultural resentment. We not only love America, we also love Americans. We are united in our shared belief in democracy, equality, liberty, and justice. These are the ideals that define us as a nation. This is the heritage we wish to pass on to future generations.