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Coffee Party II

February 28th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

A few more thoughts on the Coffee Party USA, to follow up on my last post.

Remember during the Bush presidency when dissent was the highest form of patriotism? We didn’t hear much from the left about “cooperation” when it came to the Patriot Act or the war in Iraq. And when Congress stopped Bush’s Social Security reform cold, there were no complaints about “obstructionism.”

The idea of forming a movement around “cooperation” is a gimmick to help the Democrats succeed with their socialist agenda, particularly health care reform.

The Tea Party, at least what’s best about it, is founded on timeless principles: limited government, individual rights. I have held these principles for 33 years, since I first read Atlas Shrugged.

The left has gimmicks that hide their true agenda; the free market right has immutable principles.

UPDATE: Instapundit:

2300 SHOW UP FOR ST. LOUIS TEA PARTY, only 30 show up for St. Louis “Coffee Party.” And that 30 includes the “tea party infiltrators.”

5 Comments so far ↓

  • Kyle Haight

    There’s also the fact that the social institution based on cooperation is… the free market. Every exchange in a free market is an example of cooperation — mutual trade to mutual benefit. The so-called ‘dog eat dog’ competition in the market is actually competition over who gets to cooperate with whom, and the government intervention so desperately desired by the Coffee Party types is intended to prevent people who want to cooperate with each other from doing so.

    Government interference in the freedom of production and trade is anti-cooperative.

    In short, the left’s attempt to describe their agenda as ‘cooperation’ is not just a gimmick. It’s an outright lie. Where the left says ‘cooperation’, instead read ‘exploitation’. You’ll get a much clearer understanding of their true goal.

  • Myrhaf

    You make a brilliant point, Kyle. Wish I’d thought of it! Socialism destroys cooperation among people because everyone is fighting for a handout from the state instead of working together to produce wealth.

  • Katrina

    I appreciate your point that dissent was the highest form of patriotism not 2 years ago. A Marin resident is trying to prevent a Tea Party organization from hosting a conference (not a protest) at the local community center on the grounds that the Tea Party movement is seditious. Yes, she actually used that word when talking to the AP. Apparently the Tea Baggers are rebels who will never ever be any good.

  • Amit Ghate

    “The so-called ‘dog eat dog’ competition in the market is actually competition over who gets to cooperate with whom”

    Thanks for that formulation Kyle, it’s very insightful.

  • Sharpshooter

    Dog-eat-dog competition is a consequence of a political economy, not a market economy, any more so than, say, major league baseball, with rules of the game (rules again fraud, theft, misrepresentation) is dog-eat-dog competition.

    The more the left throws their noxious crap out there, the more it shows their own failings.