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We the People, Coffee Party, End Corporate Control


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Gregory
- 1430 days ago - coffeepartyusa.com
We the People are being destroyed by a wealthy corporate elite who have corrupted government, political parties, and media. Please consider what the Coffee Party has to say...



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Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 10:37 am
I offer this not in a spirit of hostility to the Tea Party I think misguided, but rather in an attempt to contribute to efforts to gain unity among those of us who agree that government is not serving the interests of WE THE PEOPLE, chiefly because the economy, political parties, and media have been usurped and corrupted by the wealthy corporate elite, whose greed is merciless and power unchecked.
 

Alicia v. (181)
Friday August 13, 2010, 11:52 am
Thanks Gregory, I'll take my time to read this. I love the card.
 

chris b. (2484)
Friday August 13, 2010, 11:54 am
What a splendid idea as long as there is no Latte or other frothy rubbish served up!
 

Nancy M. (199)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:00 pm
Great idea. Hope it is a good old American Roast (actually I prefer French, but you get the point).
 

Mary Alexander (23)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:06 pm
Thank you for the card. This is a great idea also thank you for the article.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:08 pm
Thank you Gregory,I want to spend more time reading what they have to say, so I have added it to my favorites. I am in total agreement with your assessment of how the wealthy have gained control over our government and the media.Thank you for posting this.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (147)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:13 pm
Our Government leaders needs to grow a MORAL conscience & serve the people who first elected them to power in the first place! We the people, are the real force behind your positions. Without, we the people, you are nobodies as we are the ones that your leadership depends on! Act/support/protect accordingly, those that whose power you depend/rely on! Without we the people, who do you have to be controlling? Protect/support those on who's power/support you depend on! Thanks Gregory.
 

MICHELLE S. (101)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:13 pm
Bravo!!! Let's push this to the limits! I prefer coffee to tea anyway...LOL ;)
 

Linda G. (187)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:14 pm
I was very excited when I first read about the Coffee Party. I haven't heard much about them for a while... the media doesn't pay much attention as there are no extreme fringe groups attached. Let me know how we can help them... I'm more than ready to participate in a group of people who want to hold a civil discourse on the issues that confront us. We can come together if we forget about labels and name calling and we can with good ol' American ingenuity, take control back from our Corporate masters.
 

Dalia H. (1274)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:15 pm
Noted and Thank You so much for the nice eCard, what a great idea to send it my Beloved Friend Gregory. Also, thank You so much for the great article and for posting and sharing.
HAVE A VERY BLESSED FRIDAY THE 13th EVERYBODY!
Much Love,
B.D♥
 

Roxana C. (4)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:15 pm
Thank you!
 

Eyda Hernandez (97)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:21 pm
Thanks Gregory!
I was saddened by the card! I wish I could really help them in some way!!!
Blessings to all!!
 

Gudrun D. (396)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:23 pm
Thanks Gregory!
 

Patricia C. (96)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:38 pm
Thank you Gregory, I'll be checking out the page at length.
 

Carol L. (221)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:43 pm
Thanks...we need something!!
 

Mj P. (43)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:47 pm
One word here....espresso...
 

Barbara K. (87)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:48 pm
Thanks, Gregory, for bringing us hope. We need to push back against the lies and crap being spread out there, and push back hard and with the truth and facts.
 

Debbie G. (312)
Friday August 13, 2010, 12:50 pm
Thanks for the e-card Gregory. What a wonderful way to call attention to such an important movement. I'm with you 100%. Make my coffee Fair Trade Certified. :-)
 

Alet Coetzee (57)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:03 pm
Thanks for the e-card Gregory.
 

Michael Masley (5)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:13 pm
Noted and what's funny is some progressives want to start a "P Party"...
 

Penelope P. (222)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:13 pm
Gregory Iwent to the site Democracy is that important to me.
Could not find your article. Looked at some of the steps recommended for becoming an informed and participating citizen.
Seemed very good in their way;However cannot forbear to suggest that they rest on assumptions that may have questionable validity.
1 That the government will pay attention to citizens
2 That it is possible to be ruled by other than a financial elite
3That corporations can be controlled at all in a global economy.
4 That corruption by corporations is a new thing in the USA- I remember anovel by someone Adams entitled "Democracy " also Upton Sinclairs writing in the thirties-both writers had intimate knowledge of American corporations and politics and the person who wrote ,"Democracy" was writing of C19 American politics.

The concept of a corporation is in the first case scary- A group of men devoted only to making profits- Anything eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeentirely devoted to money tends to be moerally corrupt as thinkers have been commenting for at least 2500 years .The global economy was what the writer of "Wealth of nations" was describibg and it's main danger was that businesses would get too big or powerful to be controlled
and thsaat competition would be eliminated.
What was feared has happened,and no one government including that of the United States can hope to control them it seems to me.
A world government body such as Bertrand Russell recommends or a grass roots movement such as Skinner WALDEN 2 or Paul goodman "Communitas"
 

Glenda J. (158)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:15 pm
Thanks Gregory, I have signed sealed and delivered this Petition and being I am one of the millions that have lost everything that I assumed was a decent living now all but on welfare, which my head held high with utmost respect for all whom has had to encounter this invasion of our own democracy.
There has been some BAD SEEDS BEING BORN IN THE USA.
Again I stand in ovation with you my friend.
 

Penelope P. (222)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:19 pm
cont-suggests might be the answer, certainly people altering their banking habits and ffood buying habits and forming co-operatives for both would be useful.But there is in place a mega system of which USA is only a part.

I commend your efforts and wish you every success
 

Magdalena M. (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:30 pm
Thank you Gregory. Is Coffee Party for US citizens only?
 

Dandelion G. (375)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:30 pm
We demand a government that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices; NOT corporate interests as expressed by misleading advertisements and campaign contributions.

Sounds good to me......thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Anyone ready for a cup of coffee?
 

Heidi L. (88)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:39 pm
Noted and thanks for the cute card!
 

Maria A. (12)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:41 pm
Need another American Revolution. The government does NOT listen to the people.
 

Philippa P. (154)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:45 pm
Thanks. So informative.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 1:55 pm
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia
(This quotation was sent to me by Care2 friend Frank, a Native American)
 

Cathi Hartline (248)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:04 pm
Thank you Gregory!
Blessings,
 

Penelope P. (222)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:09 pm
Gregory
World wide the money is in few hands and has been for a while In UK under10 percent own 80 percent of the wealth -in USA I believe it is worse This sort of thing has been the case for quite a while- The current economic crisis and it's sequel are certainly going to aggravate the situation for everyone- Most countries who indulge in prolonged wars have incidentally gone broke if they haven't won them and sometimes even if they have.
 

Jacqueline S Wolf Heart (74)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:11 pm
Thank You gregory,Loved the card,BEAUTIFUL.The government What Can I say?They don't listen NOR do they care.All that MATTERS to them is MONEY!!.It ALL about the RICH.Same as Always.Thank You for this informative article and Caring enough to bring it to our attention.Nothing Shocks me much anymore about the government.EXCEPT I was Shocked that Instead of Securing our borders and Protecting our people they SEEM to Always Love to spend our TAX money on stuff that Don't make sense.Coffee anyone?Anyway without getting OFF subject,I am Behind you Gregory.They NEED to REMEMBER they are Suspose to be WORKING for the people,NOT against us.
 

Pat B. (353)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:34 pm
Thank you, Gregory for this.
 

virginia l. (69)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:38 pm
WHAT A GREAT IDEA , SAD I'M IN ARGENTINA... BUT THERE IN SPIRIT
 

Linda L. (511)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:45 pm
Thanks Gregory for the card and the article!
 

Betsy Bee (1049)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:50 pm
I love the name. Never have like tea anyway.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:02 pm
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."
-Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence.

Gregory notes: The Federal Reserve is a for-profit corporation owned by the banking cartel which taxpayers bailed out at a cost of $1 Trillion in 2008. With that money banking cartel execs paid themselves bonuses totaling over $8 billion while millions of WE THE PEOPLE lost jobs, insurance, and life savings and homes. The same wealthy elite (including the bank cartel and Fed execs now want (1) the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to be renewed, (2) Social Security benefits cut to offset the deficit created by the bail-out and their reduced taxes, (3) continuation of the costly war in Afghanistan, (4) continuation of tax-break and other subsidies to international corporations sending jobs overseas and such powerful cartels as Big Oil, even though all 5 of the 5 most profitable corporations in the world are oil companies. Further note: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not about protecting us from terrorists but about insuring access to oil. Government is subsidizing the corporate for-profit oil, coal and nuclear industries, and despite every President since Nixon in 1970 proclaiming we must reduce our dependence on oil, we are still investing less in solar, wind and biomass than the bank execs were taxpayer-paid in bonuses for destroying millions of us. I'm serious, that's a fact. Last note: The bipartisan Deficit Commission leaders appointed by Obama want Social Security cuts on the table. The Democrat who chairs it, Erskine Bowles, worked on a proposal to privatize SS during the Clinton administration that Bush tried to get passed. Before joining the Obama administration, Bowles was an exec in the banking cartel and personally made $100 million participating in our devastation. I'm serious, that's a fact. Are you paying attention to what I'm trying to tell you? Oh, almost forgot, to fund that jobs bill for teachers last week, Obama and Dem congressmen agreed to cut Food Stamps funding by some billions just as additional millions of unemployed Americans fall into desperate poverty. Are you paying attention to what I'm trying to tell you? Nuts, I forgot to mention. You know that Banking Reform bill that didn't reform banking? It was crafted by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd of my own state of CT. He's not running for re-election, having struck a deal with that Congressional Ethics committee that he'll go quietly if Congress doesn't prosecute him. What did he do that was crooked? Well, Dodd got Clinton to issue a pardon to a fraud-convicted felon in the banking cartel. The grateful felon gave him a real sweet deal on a luxury property in Europe. A real sweet deal. Are you paying attention to what I'm trying to tell you?
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (733)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:20 pm
noted,thanx
 

Michael Carney (206)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:21 pm
Awesome Gregory, this ig great
 

Daniel C. (58)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:26 pm
On board, thanks.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:29 pm
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
--Thomas Jefferson
 

John Farnham (53)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:33 pm
Heck, Gregory, you're starting to sound like the rest of the people who are up to speed on the criminal enterprise that is government. : and that's not a bad thing. It can be tough to get a proper search response in wikipedia into definitions of political systems. That's why I bookmarked a couple - one can surf from there having found the baseline.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy
term applied to a government that takes advantage of governmental corruption to extend the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats), via the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service. The term means "rule by thieves". Not an "official" form of government (such as democracy, republic, monarchy, theocracy) the term is a pejorative for governments perceived to have a particularly severe and systemic problem with the selfish misappropriation of public funds by those in power.
A narcokleptocracy is a society ruled by "thieves" involved in the trade of narcotics.
If you know about Air America and the CIA in Vietnam you should start to suspect some of what you are not told in the press about the backers of the trade that funnels $$$ to Organized Crime i.e. The Establishment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutocracy
The term plutocracy is generally used to describe these two distinct concepts: one of a historical nature and one of a modern political nature. The former indicates the political control of the state by an oligarchy of the wealthy. Before the equal voting rights movement managed to end it in the early 20th century, many countries used a system where rich persons had more votes than poor.
The second usage of plutocracy is a pejorative reference to a disproportionate influence the wealthy have on political process in contemporary society: for example Kevin Phillips, author and political strategist to U.S. President Richard Nixon, argues that the United States is a plutocracy in which there is a "fusion of money and government."[3]

The influence the wealthy minority of the population has over the political arena includes campaign contributions, as well as bribing to achieve corporate objectives (exclusively profit related), refusing to support the government financially by refusing to pay taxes, threatening to move profitable industries elsewhere, and essentially any form of manipulation of the government. It can also be exerted by the owners and ad buyers of media properties which can shape public perception of political issues (see also: fourth estate).
Taken from Perception Alteration in the Topical Index at opitslinkfest.blogspot.com
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:38 pm
Thanks Gregory
 

Dale Must (20)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:39 pm
Thanks for the story Greg! If this party gets too large, it may take a large block of voters away from the Democrats who seem to be more environment responsible than the dark side. If this happens, the Republicans are more prone to a win. Don't get me wrong. I like the idealistic ideas. I did join, but want to see a platform from this organization. Their site says no lobbyists, but the law says lobbyists are ok. Let me look and review more.The League of Conservation Voters e mailed their dirty legislators. Take a look!
 

Jess J. (11)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:43 pm
I didn't realize you were involved with the Coffee Party too, Gregory! :-) Thanks for the e-card, & thanks for sharing!

(@ Magdelena, I've met people from several countries (though mostly Canada) who participate in Coffee Party activities and discussions on the forums.)
 

liz c. (845)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:43 pm
Noted. Thank you Gregory.
 

Steven Gray (55)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:46 pm
Thanks Gregory for the info and the card. I need to read this more thoroughly so I bookmarked the site. As a veteran I truly hope that the people of this country can lay aside their differences, their political correctness and apathy to come together for the common good.
 

Sue D. (156)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:48 pm
I'm paying attention, Gregory. I looked at the site, listened to the audio segment, and read the comments here. I can say that IMHO this is sane and without the extremism that I have seen, read and heard among the TP - and that is a VERY positive and re-assuring platform for the 'people' to genuinely take note of. We need a different political party that is focused on what is best for the USA and the citizens, not the wealthy or extreme & narrowly defined fringe. I am unhappy about much of what is going on, but will not support any group or organized party that deals in hate or an attempt to change what our fore-fathers accomplished. We can be pretty sure when we read the Bill of Rights or Constitution that the founders intent was NOT for benefit of wealthy or select few, but for the prosperity, safety and goals of a humane citizenry.
Thank you for the card, post and a look into a sane alternative.
 

Magdalena M. (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:50 pm
Thanks Gregory, I am in.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 3:59 pm
Dale, and Magdalena and others in countries around the world: I don't see the Coffee Party as THE solution, but rather as a contribution toward it, as they "get it" that corporations and the corporate elite have corrupted government, politics and media. I don't think they plan to put up candidates. Last, while this is a USA-focused movement, this is a worldwide problem (and not just because America impacts the rest or that so many of the international corporations are headquartered here), so if I'm able to get involved (there's a chance I could attend their conference in Louisville in Sept if that's when I'm enroute moving to AZ from CT) I'd surely speak for expansion of the movement to something worldwide. After all, as to resources, environment, war, climate, sustainable economies, poverty, human rights, wildlife, energy, deficits, the works, we are all in this together!
 

Ness F. (211)
Friday August 13, 2010, 4:00 pm
Thanks Gregory!
 

Angel H. (102)
Friday August 13, 2010, 4:00 pm
Thank you Gregory! I value what you have to share and back your thoughts. It would be great to see a positive change.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 4:04 pm
"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. "
--Theodore Roosevelt
 

HELEN V. (51)
Friday August 13, 2010, 4:27 pm
thanks Gregory for that Refreshing ecard and for the article. The Coffee Party appears to be a good initative. In such difficult times, action is better than being passive because unfortunately the whole planet is being run by the big corporations and they have proven up to now that they are just exploiting to the limit. I am sure that there some exceptions but most of the big corporations just foster greed and unlimited ambition.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 4:40 pm
Good friends THANK ALL OF YOU for all you do and REFRESHING a spirit of hope and action!

"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."
--Thomas Jefferson
 

Catherine Ignatowski (80)
Friday August 13, 2010, 4:49 pm
Great Idea, I love coffee. Elected officials always forget a government by the people and for the people.
 

Robert S. (115)
Friday August 13, 2010, 5:03 pm
Thanks G., I will take a look at it.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 13, 2010, 5:03 pm
Well the Coffee Party must be doing something wrong Fox has not thrown mud at them and MsNBC has not mocked or encouraged them. Any new idea that intends on growing sans corporate interest finance needs media attention of some kind. Maybe they need to show up on Capitol Hill and shot rubber bands at the Senators and Representatives as they leave for the day (at 3:00). Thanks Gregory!
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 13, 2010, 5:08 pm
If you liked this idea then here is a group that allows free expression of ideas.

End Corporate Control

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/March_DC - all are welcome.
 

Just Carole (341)
Friday August 13, 2010, 5:33 pm

You're quick, Kit! Yes, please join us at the group:

END Corporate Control
 

Kit H. (174)
Friday August 13, 2010, 5:54 pm
Income Inequality Is At An All-Time High: STUDY

Read the chart and whole paper:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/14/income-inequality-is-at-a_n_259516.html

Excerpt:
Income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression, according to a recently updated paper by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez. The paper, which covers data through 2007, points to a staggering, unprecedented disparity in American incomes. On his blog, Nobel prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called the numbers "truly amazing."

Though income inequality has been growing for some time, the paper paints a stark, disturbing portrait of wealth distribution in America. Saez calculates that in 2007 the top .01 percent of American earners took home 6 percent of total U.S. wages, a figure that has nearly doubled since 2000.

As of 2007, the top decile of American earners, Saez writes, pulled in 49.7 percent of total wages, a level that's "higher than any other year since 1917 and even surpasses 1928, the peak of stock market bubble in the 'roaring" 1920s.'"

Beginning in the economic expansion of the early 1990s, Saez argues, the economy began to favor the top tiers American earners, but much of the country missed was left behind. "The top 1 percent incomes captured half of the overall economic growth over the period 1993-2007," Saes writes.

Despite a rising stock market, largely growing employment and a historic housing boom things were not nearly so rosy for the rest of U.S. workers. This trend, according to Saez, only accelerated during the George W. Bush's tenure as President:

"...while the bottom 99 percent of incomes grew at a solid pace of 2.7 percent per year from 1993-2000, these incomes grew only 1.3 percent per year from 2002-2007. As a result, in the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth."
send green star | flag as inappropriateWhy is this inappropriate?
 

Hugh M. (75)
Friday August 13, 2010, 6:22 pm
It's so obvious but so well screened by lies and other forms of deception that we hardly notice it. The world is ruled by the rich just as surely as it was five hundred years ago. Democracy, what's that? The quotes from past American Presidents cast doubt on whether the word was ever truly used in America. Has it existed anywhere at all? If not, let's give birth to it. Hooray for the Coffee Party!
 

Peggy S. (16)
Friday August 13, 2010, 6:55 pm
Thanks for your caring support
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 7:06 pm
Hugh, let's hope your wise encouragement from "Down Under" circles the world like the SEN Prayer Chain you inspired, which to my knowledge generated more notes and comments than an other article on Care2 in recent years. In the meantime, below are two quotes from someone who would've liked the COFFEE PARTY initiative and the Care2 END CORPORATE CONTROL group in the link Carole supplied above:

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."
--Thomas Jefferson

"Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
--Thomas Jefferson

 

Jess J. (11)
Friday August 13, 2010, 7:12 pm
While we're on the topic of corporate control & the Coffee Party-- This petition is something I heard about through the Coffee Party, & I thought it might be of interest...

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.

http://movetoamend.org/motion-amend

The CP has seen a bit of decline in the past few months, but hopefully with the upcoming convention, enthusiasm will pick up again. The CP has so much potential for positive change...
 

Sue L. (67)
Friday August 13, 2010, 7:25 pm
I am interested to see where this Coffee Party may go. We the people need to start taking the government back from those who manipulate and control it for their own benefit.
 

Linda G. (187)
Friday August 13, 2010, 8:21 pm
We the People need to see to it that the Coffee Party gets more press. Even if they don't put forward candidates, any movement that seeks civil discourse, problem solving and solutions need all of our support.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday August 13, 2010, 8:49 pm
Linda, I see it similarly even though my own approach is ferocious voicing of a progressive agenda. We need all manner of efforts and approaches and that definitely includes initiatives supported by people able to build a common ground where we can stand together. There will be no magic bullet.
 

lorraine c. (16)
Friday August 13, 2010, 9:04 pm
Gregory, you're bringing out my inner anarchist. Thanks for the article. I voluteer at a food bank and most of our clients are former middle class, hard-working people who have fallen on hard times. In my area, in Central Florida, unemployment is hovering around 20%. When NASA shuts down, it's expected to rise to 50%-75%. It's so unacceptable. I'll do what I can (vote) but my ballot choices are stomach turning. Please continue to post your ideas and encourage others to act, on behalf of we the people. Thanks for an excellent discussion.
 

Pam J. (77)
Friday August 13, 2010, 9:05 pm
Thank you Gregory for the great card. My father spoke about the corruption of our government when I was a child, more than 50 years ago. He knew that one day, the people of the U.S. would say "enough is enough" and take on the government. He always said our country was headed for another civil war. It would not be the North against the South, but the American people against our corrupt government. It sounds like his prediction is starting to come true.
 

Shirley S. (172)
Friday August 13, 2010, 9:20 pm
GOOD LUCK TO THE COFFEE PARTY. YOU SEEM LIKE A "GOOD BREW" TO ME.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Friday August 13, 2010, 9:32 pm
I hope it's Fairtrade, shade-grown coffee, hehe.

I like the idea of "waking up".
 

gail dair (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 9:53 pm
Thanks Gregory
 

Mack David (100)
Friday August 13, 2010, 10:11 pm
Thanking You Gregory..........
This is a party that sounds like IDEALISM is BACK!!!!!!
If a party has INTEGRITY and this......
It is a lovely caffeine rush..........
Hugs and thoughts to You....
 

William K. (328)
Friday August 13, 2010, 10:30 pm
Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
 

Shari G. (27)
Friday August 13, 2010, 10:44 pm
I heard of these folks some time ago through news media but they haven't received much coverage since then. Wishing them great strides. I'll continue reading and following the movement. Thanks Gregory
 

Agnes H. (144)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:13 am
Noted, and I wish them the best of luck.I don't like drinking it though but Neither do I drink tea unless it's green!
 

Melissah C. (389)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:41 am
thanks
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:57 am
Good Luck from Sweden!
 

Leslie W. (42)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 2:27 am
Adorable ecard you sent linking to this, Gregory. Thank you!

I'm very interested in the Coffee Party from what I've read so far. The upcoming elections are not looking good here in PA. Neither mainstream party has a candidate I'm interested in and the third party candidates are being bullied in an attempt to get them to drop out. I'm going to keep looking into the Coffee Party.
 

luca pisaroni (0)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 2:41 am
thanks
 

Arild Warud (158)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:08 am
Great work and good luck Gregory.
 

Eternal Gardener (703)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:12 am
Considering this as an international phenomenon, count me in! Thanks Gregory.
 

Cynthia Davis (339)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:36 am
I love Coffee and I am a member.
 

Marty H. (119)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:38 am
wow, never heard of it before, thanks! Noted!
 

Nancy Bridget (527)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 4:25 am
Thanks for the card....Noted...!!
 

sherrie e. (147)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 4:51 am
Thanks, Gregory for your tireless efforts! Great one! Noted!
 

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 5:31 am
The Coffee Party makes a lot more sense than the Tea Party. I think the only reason they haven't received much news coverage since their inception is due to the fact they are not a bunch of extremists. They are not out "making" news by exhibiting erratic behavior.
Thanks Gregory for another great post.
 

Terry B. (649)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 5:47 am
The United States certainly needs an alternative to a choice between republicans and a president who has lost it, coming out in favour of a mohammedean insult to the 3000 civilians murdered by their cohorts on 9/11.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 6:12 am
Noted.
 

Terry Y. (2)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 6:20 am
Strong, bold, and stimulating!
 

Sandrea S. (205)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 6:47 am
XL Double, Double please :)
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 8:13 am
"in favour of a mohammedean insult"

I think this is a principled stance on Obama's part. I just wish he would show this much guts more often. My sister and some of my nieces and nephews are of this faith. Their faith had and has nothing to do with 911. Personally I reject all Religion. But I would fight to protect your right to freedom of Religion and my freedom from it. I think we should allow the Mosque and only hope they don't mind a gay bar next door. Just saying. Fair is fair.
 

SANDRA R. (147)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 8:36 am
Noted! Thank you Gregory!!!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 8:39 am
How in the world can I sign petitions, go through the Care2 website, emails and all that other stuff when outstanding posts and comments like this keep me from doing so????
Thanks a bunch Greg for some more eye openers and your kind of "state of the union address", also thanks to John Farnhem for providing a clear picture.
That lady Annabel Park makes A LOT OF SENSE btw! Best of luck for that movement!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 9:06 am
Thanks :-)
 

Kathleen C. (18)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 9:23 am
Hi Greg, Thanks for the heads up on the Coffee Party. Interestingly when I got to the site some of the members of my organization had already signed up. I of course agree with the movement precepts. However I doubt the proposed actions will work toward very much change in our government. Our government and campaign system is too entrenched. It will take massive and I mean massive movement on the part of the people to cause any kind of real change. I do not see that kind of massive movement happening any time soon in this country. Most progressive (I hate that word) and/or radical movements come from the east and west coasts. Middle America is still entrenched in the status quo. They would like the Coffee Party because it is non threatening to their moderate sensibilities. Sorry for sounding so negative.
 

Charmaine C. (173)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 9:38 am
I listened to the videos and read the article and various comments. It's an interesting movement and seems rooted in reaction to the Tea Party republicans. I would be interested to see how they are going to make their point to the various institutions whose baser opinions and verbosity they are trying to fight.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 9:41 am
How refreshing, Annabel Park has the right idea, and I sincerely hope her momentum catches on. I'll take coffee over tea any day :-) Thanks Gregory, gladly noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 9:49 am
Noted with thanks.
 

z Buffypause o. (101)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 10:31 am
Noted, thank you
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 10:33 am
HERE'S MY SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE-BREAK, THREE SHOTS OF ESPRESSO:

"Harry Truman once said there are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of other people, the hundred and fifty or sixty million, is the responsibility of the President of the United States. And I propose to fulfill it." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1962

"In short, at a time when they could be exploring how more efficiency and better prices could be obtained... a few gigantic corporations have decided to increase prices in ruthless disregard of their public responsibilities." -JFK 1962

"In 1963 JFK issued two Executive Orders, one forbidding the CIA from engaging in undeclared and unauthorized war, the other directing Treasury to abolish the Federal Reserve, the for-profit corporation owned by the banking cartel that he knew was manipulating the financial system to gorge itself with profits at taxpayer expense. JFK refused to escalate to war in Viet nam. JFK was assassinated and on his first day after swear-in LBJ reversed the CIA Exec Order and told Treasury to ignore the other, as he wanted to use the Fed and the banking cartel to finance the war in Viet Nam in a way obscure to the public as to just how much it cost. Eventually the banking cartel and Fed got too greedy, and delivered us the crisis for which govt leaped to bail them out at cost to taxpayers of $1 trillion and millions lost jobs, life savings, and homes. Banking execs used over $8 billion of the money to pay themselves bonuses. Govt put none in jail, later passed a superficial banking reform law that did not in fact reform anything, much less abolish the Fed. Next they turned their attention to how to dupe taxpayers into accepting cuts to Social Security instead of requiring the wealthy to pay the SS tax on all their incomes and not just the first $106,800 of it. Those earning far greater incomes don't need SS and say to themselves "Screw those who do. Let's figure out how to get them to accept reduce benefits." Are you paying attention to what I'm trying to tell you? We the People are being destroyed by a wealthy corporate elite who have corrupted government, political parties, and media, and it is far more pervasive than 99% of the bottom 80% in America and the world realize." --Gregory Hilbert 2010
 

Cary Mostly-Away (94)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 10:54 am
Gregory, you are now officially dialed into the truth.
keep drinking espresso.
 

MeowFoul B. (191)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 11:16 am
Thanks for your post gregory
 

Jennifer G. (8)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 11:23 am
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 11:25 am
I feel like a coffee party is a great idea. Thanks for the info-I agree completely.
 

Cary Mostly-Away (94)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 11:27 am
How did Corporate control get it's start.... ?
10 min video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeAGHB99Rpg&feature=related
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:46 pm
It is good to see so many people who now have their eyes opened to how our government operates, and who rules us. I gave not seen mentioned here, although did not have time to read all the postings, that Saddam Hussein was planning to convert to Euros as a medium of exchange instead of the dollar just short before the USA invaded that country. Iran has also threatened to transfer their medium of exchange from the dollar to the Euro, maybe they have already. If they do and more countries follow suit as is expected, we could have a sever loss in the value of our money, which gives us power. Wondered what others know about this.
One other thing is that you must know that all mayors in all city governments have a national organization and meet periodically through out the year. They have been instructed on how to silence citizen whistle blowers who discover irregularities in the city conducting business. Most all cities now are corporations, registered in Europe, so who are they really working for. I ran into corruption in my city in selling land as easements when a hundred year old law said they already owned it. The city knew it but didn't tell them, putting the money of the sale of the easement at half the appraised value in their pockets. (Kirkland, Washington) They put me in jail for 34 days in an attempt to gag me and tried more. I moved out of the state and say at some risk since they know where I live. Racketeering is a Federal crime.
One last bit of information, is to check link at www.cafr2.com, which stands for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report in which all governments at all levels, including retirement funds, have a second set of books in which they have vast amounts of money. Cutting back on services or increasing taxes is a fraud upon the citizens. That money belongs to you. Please look at the site as it is very truthful. Citizen groups are needed to monitor those funds, and report them to the whole of citizens. Those funds have at times been used by the local politicians for their own use. My thought is once they get rid of the majority of the population they have funds at their disposal. A bid radical a thought but population reduction has been speculated as a eventual goal. There is safety in numbers so the Coffee Party is a great idea. I would name it the Coffee Club (LOL), as it sounds a bit more informal. So far parties have not been very responsive to citizens best interests. Perhaps you do not want too much publicity until you are really organized and have your agenda set, otherwise you will be disbanded if they believe you will really become a power group.
 

Toni C. (508)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:47 pm
Why haven't we heard more about the Coffee Party... looks like the Tea Party's getting plenty of press! Too many extremists in the Tea Party for me... besides, I'd rather have coffee any day.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:50 pm
GREAT NEWS!!! Keep up the GREAT work, already a member!!
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:51 pm
HUGE ERROR. The web site discussed in just previous posted remarks is WWW. CAFR1.com. I need to preview better before submitting. Sorry. Hope that does not screw anyone up and you can see this.
One other thing about CAFR1.com is that the money in those accounts are required by federal government to be reported annually, speaking of the money in the second set of books, and that money is reported but the press will not report it to you on your TV News or in the newspapers. You have to go looking yourself. Interesting how the press will not even discuss it. You need to preview that web site. We the People must get more informed.
 

Jon Stewart (37)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:56 pm
I jumped at the concept of the Coffee Party, but was IMMEDIATELY turned off when the organizers started dictating where people should get together locally to organize. There are socially responsible "chains" as well as politically reprehensible "mom & pop" establishments. It's more than a little hypocritical for someone out in the ether, unknown to the "masses", to decide (in advance) what establishments a "grassroots" movement will support and which it will boycott. THOSE (and other "rules") should be decisions made locally, albeit with some moral principles, otherwise, another "top-down" beaurocratic structure will be created, obsessed with its own growth and political clout at the top.
Local, credible education on the issues among trusted and intellectually qualified friends and neighbors is FAR more important (and less dangerous) than a left-leaning, mirror image of the increasingly disfunctional Tea Party movement.
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 1:01 pm
There are those on both sides of the aisle that are into corporate control for the monetary contributions they receive. But the ones that are fighting with all their might at this time to keep this going are the GOP and the GOP ruled Supreme Court who ruled that unlimited corporate contributions to candidates of their choice is 100% acceptable. The only way to have a chance to change this is to campaign against all Repubicans running for office and already touting their power if they take over the house and what they will take away from the citizens to move the country forward while they reap the harvest.

 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 2:04 pm
Marilyn, I agree with the drift of your remark, Repubs have historically and now conspicuously champion the interests of the wealthy corporate elite. I'd say that's the part of all this that almost everyone should see, though many don't. The part that's harder to see is the extent to which the wealthy corporate elite are increasingly gaining masked or behind-the-scenes accomodations from Dems. There are many examples, but the one that illustrates it best for me is the Banking Cartel, aka the "Too Big to Fail banks" that own the Federal Reserve, and "Wall Street", sometimes collectively refered to as the money industry. Seeing Dems were going to win the Presidency and both Houses in 2008, they contributed hugely to Dem campaigns. They got what they wanted, a superficial banking "reform" bill, and recently started shifting their campaign contributions to Repubs. But back to the the banking "reform" bill. It was "negotiated" by the Dem Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Chris Dodd of CT, my current state state. I knew the fix was on when Obama didn't demand any anti-trust action or abolishment of the Fed or banning of debt-derivatives trading by the big banks, and let Dodd negotiate all the compromises. Fact: Dodd got Clinton to pardon a jailed bank felon (rare, I know!). A year or so ago it was discovered that the grateful pardonned banking felon gave Dodd a sweet deal on a luxury property in Europe. A real sweet deal. And great pains had been taken to keep it concealed. Dodd is not running for re-election because he struck a deal with the Ethics Committee that he would go quietly if they didn't prosecute him. Ask yourself why the Pres of the USA and Congress would let Dodd craft the whole "banking reform" package. Ask yourself why what I'm telling you about Dodd is not known to most voters in the USA. Oh, another one. Remember when ING was being bailed out and the nation was furious that over a thousand ING "execs" were going to get bonuses of over $1 million? (One exec moved to Europe with a bonus of $147 million.). ING was based in CT, and they claimed state law entitled them to the bonuses paid by the federal bail-out money. Dodd and Treasury let it go, later saying they did so because the ING execs might have sued the Federal govt if they didn't get their bonuses. I swear what I'm telling you is true and well documented. Now ask yourself, if you had been Pres at the time when the public learned about this outrage and was in an uproar over it, wouldn't you have called a press conference to say you had directed Treasury not to allow the bail-out money to be used for bonuses, and told your Attorney General that if any ING execs sued, to use every legal power the federal govt had to fight the suit and make it go on for years and years so that the execs would be bankrupted paying their attorneys trying to win the suit? And if you heard any execs had announced they were going to start a suit anyway, wouldn't you have another press conference to announce that you had directed your Attorney general to prosecute the execs for conspiracy to commit fraud? Wouldn't you announce that you had directed IRS to commence audits on every last one of the execs, and had directed Federal Marshals to obtain warrants to search their homes and computers and search the works as evidence? Don't you wonder why a total of over $8 billion of the taxpayer-paid bail-out funds to ING and the banking cartel went to pay bonus of their execs? One big bank CEO got $100 million, other CEOs got from $10 million to $50 million but a total of $8 billion in bonuses was paid to the thousands of execs with your bail-out tax dollars.
 

Nina Serman (108)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 2:10 pm
Gregory, thank you for posting this! I've been looking them up for some time and so far they are people after my own heart. It is not that I am suspicious, but just cautious. When first time I heard some opinions by Tea Party members, I was ready to listen what day had to say, but very soon it became clear to me that my opinions and values for the most part are not compatible with theirs. I support what Coffee Party USA does and I like it, but whether I'll join them, remains to be seen. By all means, thank you for bringing this up!
 

. (0)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:12 pm
Noted, thanks
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:26 pm
Thanks for the lovely card Gregory, and for the interseting post.
 

Stefan Dwornik (3)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:41 pm
That was a great story Gregory, and beneficial since I know little about this growing movement. I thought it was a right -wing Republican/Christian right movement. I will support this new party as long as there is no hate ,or any of the big mongering, twisting religious truths, lying to your supporters.
 

Jade H. (35)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 3:58 pm
For those of you who find this idea appealing, get more information about how many centuries this current mentality goes back (and each civilization that became as we are today eventually collapsed! LOL), what's currently happened to make "our" government this way - being run by coporations, and what each of us can do to change it (along with many who are quietly going about doing what's needed as they get ready for the coming collapse!) by reading THE LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT by Thom Hartmann. It will help you understand what's happening and what you can do. Blessed Be!
 

Patricia N. (8)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 4:27 pm
We need a Coffee Party in every country in the world as the corporations are certainly running the politicians everywhere on Planet Earth. Anyone thinking of starting one in Canada? Thanks Gregory ....I hadn't heard of this before.
 

Beba h. (89)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 4:33 pm
Thanks for the card and the info.
 

Mary Donnelly (46)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 5:09 pm
Thanks Gregory--Let's hope you are on the money!
 

Kristena Loy (7)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 5:10 pm
alot of good commentary about this subject here. I like the concept myself because I am so....sick of hearing about the "The Party"
 

Ria T. (6)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 6:37 pm
Sob. May we manage to make it better together.
Blessed Be,
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 7:38 pm
Today in America, politicians have come to be served and NOT to serve!
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 8:01 pm
Government by the people and for the people will happen when at least four parties (with no party president) form all over the U.S. Once these parties are trusted, they will all join as ONE to conform to what Americans really want: A group of concerned citizens made up of people acting independently of political parties. Only then will we the people be in charge of America! I wish that only ONE group could be formed and not FOUR, but America always takes its time! I wish you all the best of luck in this endeavor, so that we can put an end to this Elite group that has been governing America for much too long now!

 

pam M. (98)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 10:02 pm
I agree Gregory whole heartily. The current tea party seem to be a ragtag or paid distraction group that are ready to fulfill the agenda's of big daddy corporation whether knowing or unknowingly. Note how they stay clear of meaningful frays that directly effect we the people. We are being lead by the nose because too many have the mentality of sheep. We are too quickly distracted by loud noises and shiny objects taking our eyes off the prize... a government truly for and by the people.

"If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else." anonymous

You cannot currently send a star to Gregory because you have done so within the last week.
 

Sharon S. (30)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 10:11 pm
Noted - thank you!
 

Connor Hocking (29)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 11:11 pm
Take the power back! No longer will America be run by industries like Big Oil and Coal that exploit people and our natural environment for profits! Passionate human beings can be the most powerful force on earth! Let's make US the most powerful force in our nation and get our democracy back!
 

Amanda Mcconnel (3)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 12:34 am
we lost the WE THE PEOPLE along time ago it would be nice to see stop being we the corprate world
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 12:50 am
I love the response for only 2 days worth. I joined the Coffee Party when it was first formed and went to a couple of meetings. That is amazing since I'm severely agoraphobic. Unfortunately, when it realy counted, when we were meeting with the representatives at the GA capital, I couldn't leave the house. But the experience I had at the 2 meetings was really good. I hope I can continue to improve and participate more often OFFline.
Thanks Gregory.
 

luca pisaroni (0)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 2:39 am
thanks
 

luca pisaroni (0)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 2:40 am
thanks
 

Ng J. (4)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 5:20 am
Noted! Thanks!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 10:32 am
Thank you Gregory! Here are some additional relevant resources:

We must fight corporate corruption and political barriers head-on to preserve our future and that of our children!

1. Corporate Crime Reporter: http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/ 

2. http://www.opensecrets.org/
“OpenSecrets.org is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.”

3. ProPublica:
http://www.propublica.org/about/contact/
“ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.”

And for the energy industry:

4. DIRTY ENERGY MONEY:


http://dirtyenergymoney.com/

“Dirty Energy Money is an interactive website that tracks the flow of oil, gas, and coal money in U.S. Congress. Find out which energy companies are pumping their dirty money into politics and which politicians are receiving it.”

5. OIL CHANGE INTERNATIONAL

http://priceofoil.org/
Oil Change International is dedicated to identifying, overcoming, and dismantling these political barriers to clean energy.

 

Lady Flo (109)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 10:52 am
Thank you Gregory,I noted 2 days ago, may I ask you all,where is honest,where is moral? Do we have that anymore or I am so oldfashion? I mean stupid and old.We have elections now in Sweden.Good luck Sweden! More I can not write public on american site .
 

Nicholas Thibeault (0)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 10:57 am
.lol coffee party! I love it! I only hope its goal can be ascertained!
 

Jos? Mar?a Olmos San (140)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 11:24 am
What a splendid idea
 

(9)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 11:35 am
Thank you for the story.
 

Glenda J. (158)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 11:56 am
Seeing is Believing I have not in along while seen so many positive comments for what we people stand in ovation for. For just not barely 3 years ago we seemed to have a hold on what we thought was a good days work
on any given job held without looking over our shoulder to see if we were going to be let go that very day or the company would be folding before our eyes. Many people of this nation has held onto the beliefs of our strong Government that has dwindled from strength to ashes and we have nothing to show for it other than lost sous that now bed in the streets or behind junk yards. We will stand tall threw this Coffee Party and with every being of our Soul we will Survive for we are the Meek that will inherit this Earth, every entity that has sold us out will face exactly what they have earned to have a Masters Degree in Greed ..
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 12:06 pm
I’d like to reiterate Kit B.’s invitation to the group, End Corporate Control, here on Care2.

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/March_DC



http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/March_DC

Group description: “It's time to carry our united message to our "representatives" that this government is of, by and for the PEOPLE -- NOT corporations! This group is neither FOR nor AGAINST any political party -- they are equally complicit in establishing corporatism.”

Come join us at END CORPORATE CONTROL!
 

Glenda J. (158)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 12:09 pm
Just talking with an IRS representative last week told my husband that he would have to pay the taxes that he earned on his Unemployment regardless of the taxes he has already paid on unemployment while working?
She told him regardless of him not having any funds he would be charged a hefty fine for each day that he did not pay as interest and penalty charges, she felt no remorse in understanding that we had no extra funds and if they found that he had funds to survive in sheltering his family they would fine him more, he could not believe what she was saying almost as if we were living a nightmare in another country. At the same time boasting that she had a job she paid her taxes and he would have to pay his regardless of his lack of income.
This kind of nuisance makes one rebellious knowing that the IRS is a separate entity and having the POWER of our so called Government is pathetic. Were like re - living the concentration camps and being controlled in our own back yards.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 12:19 pm
Thank you "Care for All" for the excellent contributions, and Deanna for having the courage to share your personal anecdote. Lady Flo, honesty, morality, integrity and compassion have been in decline in the USA's corporations, government, political parties, media, culture and society just as Republican Pres Eisenhower first warned (in consequence of what he called "the military-industrial complex"), and as Democrat JFK was beginning to fight strongly before he was assassinated. As everything grew more complex and we were TV-conditioned to be selfish consumers and worshippers of superficiality, too many of us surrendered our vigilance while the wealthy corporate elite continued their cunning and merciless usurpation of government, political parties, and media and thus their ability to manipulate and fleece the bottom 80% especially.

Getting the information needed to see what is happening and why and how is increasingly difficult. Were it not for the internet (and insofar as I'm concerned MSNBC and PBS), even those of us who claim to have brains, lots of education, and who make serious effort to get at the truth of things would be almost completely in the dark.
Worse, politics and Congress (etc) have become so disgusting and frustrating, that vast numbers turn their backs to it and don't vote. That makes it even easier for the elite to continue manipulating and fleecing the many. Even the Tea Party was a manipulation of a segment of the disgruntled by an elite few, utlimately converted to serve the interests of conservative Repubs and the wealthy corporate elite's attack on regulation and their taxation. By manipulating the fears and hatreds of that segment of the disgruntled, the con-artist wannabee-elites ruined the force that disgruntled segment might have been to help reform government and politics. Our common enemy is the heartless greed of the wealthy corporate elite, not each other in the bottom 80%. I do not think the Coffee Party a magic bullet, but rather one of many things that will help.

On the hopeful side, we see here on Care2 more people awake or awakening to the need to look past slogans and sound bites and spins, to discern the truth of things and what to DO about them. Those washing their hands of it are part of the problem and need to be called out for it.

Further, rather than being blindly loyal to one party or leader, I think we need to be critical of everything we uncover or perceive that warrants criticism or warning, and we need to find ways to involve ourselves in the process of making things better. For me that means screaming bloody murder when I see, beneath and behind the surface of events, the mercilessly greedy hands of the wealthy corporate elite. They are now past the gate unlocked by corrupted politicians past and present, and I swear they mean to devour us and our children and the resources of earth on which all life depends.

Here's my first coffee break for today:

"Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government Board, has cheated the Government of the United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt. The depredations and the iniquities of the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve banks acting together have cost this country enough money to pay the national debt several times over. This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of the United States; has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the maladministration of that law by which the Federal Reserve Board, and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it".
--- Congressman Louis McFadden, House Banking Committee Chairman DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 1:20 pm
Glenda, while I am sorry for the injustice of of the situtation you suffer, I thank you for sharing this symptom of the perversion of govt to the service of the wealthy corporate elite. Nowhere is this more in evidence than the tax laws passed by Congress and administered by IRS. You pay taxes to buy Unemployment Compensation insurance that if you become unemployed pays you a fraction of what you were earning and only for a limited time. In my state, federal and state taxes are deducted from what you are paid. From what you said it sounds like they are not deducted in your state, but in any event IRS will come after you to collect any due taxes even if you are then homeless and impoverished.

In the meantime Congress has created all manner of tax credits, exemptions and loopholes that benefit the wealthy and their corporations, such that they pay far lower taxes than is fair considering the enormity of their wealth. The 5 most profitable corporations in the world are oil corporations, and all pay lower taxes than the averge small business on Main street. The most profitable paid none at all. Billions in profits selling our oil back to us and zero taxes! The same execs in the banking cartel who cost millions their jobs, benefits, savings and homes? The paid themselves over $8 billion in bonuses from the tax-payer bail-out. They want the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy renewed. They want Congress to stop extending the duration of unemployment compensation. They want Congress to cut Social Security. They are ruthless and they don't give a rat's ass about the Glenda Jaspers. That is why those of us who do -- those of us who are in the bottom 80% who have our own Glenda Jasper situation or who will or who might, or who have family, neighbors, and friends in such situations or who will or who might -- MUST FIGHT FOR WHAT IS FAIR AND RIGHT AND SERVES THE COMMON GOOD OF "WE THE PEOPLE"!

Care2 friends, the wealthy elite have been waging what is in effect a class war against us for a long time in the USA and around the world and they will not stop. Our choice is to surrender, to go as sheep to slaughter, or to fight back. We do not have to become hateful or violent, just ACTION-ORIENTED in the assertion of our moral and ethical rights to justice, fairness and survival. To do that we must among other things find ways to enlighten those of the Tea Party willing to look more closely to learn who is friend and who is foe and what we need to do and not do.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 7:48 pm
Now I'm wide awake from all this otherwise good coffee!

Might someone please note this article so it goes from 199 to 200 and I can then try to get some sleep?
 

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Gregory Hilbert (422)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 8:48 pm
Don't you love it? Above a greedy spammer who imitates the corporate elite and asks your trust and support posts a comment to make the almighty buck, and doesn't have the decency to note the article so I can get some sleep.

Might someone please note this article so it goes from 199 to 200? My eyes are bloodshot and the caffiene from all the coffee is wearing off.
 

Deborah B. (63)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 9:11 pm
Thank you, Gregory. I just had a big cup of coffee before I turned on the computer and found your message. No kidding. What a stelllar idea this is.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Sunday August 15, 2010, 9:14 pm
Thank you 200 and 201, I was getting so drowsy I was afraid I'd drift off and my head would flop down on the keyboard and my nose would push a letter down until morninggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg
 

Sally Jay (62)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:10 am
thanks Gregory
 

Ancil S. (175)
Monday August 16, 2010, 12:30 am
Thanks for the card Gregory! I bookmarked it and plan to look in to this further.Looks like a interesting site.
 

Antonio Amador (60)
Monday August 16, 2010, 6:12 am
Noted. Thank you
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday August 16, 2010, 10:35 pm
The rich will get richer and the poor will become poorer. The rich people thing they will survive - think again!
 

Jennifer M. (78)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 12:05 pm
Thanks!
 

Robert S. (115)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 3:03 pm
We must do something, so I joined.
 

Robert S. (115)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 4:11 pm
Fox News and Wall Street Journal parent company News Corp donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in June, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.

The media conglomerate, controlled by Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, took advantage of the unlimited donations corporations can give to governors' associations (from Bloomberg BusinessWeek):

http://tinyurl.com/2apfaza
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 4:41 pm
Thank you all above and Robert that goes double for your many injections of alerts, links and so on here and elsewhere. Many have now heard about Target and Best Buy, your alert was first I heard about Fox, but we both knows that literally scores of millions are already flowing from corporations to candidate campaigns, and by November the total will be hundreds of millions, much of it escaping public notice. Related to that, across the nation elites whose wealth derives from corporations they own are literally buying Congressional seats and governorships. One in California has already spent $50 million as I recall it. Here in CT its the CEO-owner of the televised fake-wrestling empire WWF. It's on the rise nationwide.
 

Vicky Farmer (499)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 10:01 am
Thanks Gregory! It's about time there is a movement to fight against greedy corporations and those in government who care about nothing but greed and how much wealth they can attain at anyone's or anything's expense!! I pray one day the will pay in full for their self gratification and uncompassion for all that is dear to our country.
 

Vicky Farmer (499)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 10:04 am
CHECK THIS OUT:

http://reset2010.org/index.html
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 11:17 am
Vicky, thank you for contributing. I reviewed it carefully. I happen to be a progressive and cannot recommend Reset2010 to my friends because I see it as a variation of the Tea Party and pursuing the same agenda, which agenda I believe economically detrimental to the "bottom" 80% of Americans, and for that matter the resources of earth on which all life depends.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 11:29 am
Vicky, I overlooked your first comment above when I replied at 11:17AM! I gather you saw Reset2010 for what it is, and if so I'm glad you did. However if I've misunderstood and you think there's something good about Reset2010, please do feel free say so. I'll try to keep an open mind.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 12:17 pm
Hi Gregory,
thank you for bringing this to our attention, and the card was beautiful :)
Hugs,
Syl
 

Robert S. (115)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 6:59 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/memo-to-americas-middle-c_b_686820.html
 

Dawn D. (140)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 12:02 am
Very cool. Thanks for spreading the word, Gregory. :-)
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 8:21 am
thanks for the lovely card and an interesting read.
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 8:23 am
unfortunately You cannot currently send a star to Gregory because you have done so within the last week.
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 8:36 am
We must not let Corporations fund elections without disclosing that they are doing it. I don't think they should be funding elections at all...but since the right wing supreme court decided we are to be a Corporatocracy, we must at the very least know who is funding who and what.

Obama seems to think so too. He should be given credit for that.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/21/weekly-address-no-corporate-takeover-our-democracy?utm_source=082110&utm_medium=intro&utm_campaign=daily
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 8:54 am
Robert, thank you for the link in your comment at 6:59PM above, which makes me wish Arianna Huffington would run for Pres and win. Among the issues she addresses is the futile war in Afghanistan. I posted an article and petition calling for withdrawal and using the savings to reduce our dependence on oil and it got a good response. Just yesterday I saw reports that national polls consistently show 60% or more want withdrawal. You'd never know it watching the news on TV. I swear America would learn more watching Care2 Politics and Government. I do.
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 9:27 am
Your very Welcome Gregory, and thanks for all you do.
Think Fox will give the Coffee party air time? You know...Some of that fairness and balance?

In April, Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of Fox News parent company News Corp., responded to a question from Media Matters' Ari Rabin-Havt by stating that he doesn't "think we should be supporting the tea party, or any other party." Yet on Monday, Bloomberg News reported that News Corp. contributed $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. The large donation caps off more than a year and a half of pro-Republican activism during the Obama administration by Fox News hosts, reporters, and "political analysts."

Because it might be hard to keep track of Fox News' pro-GOP activism in all 50 states, here's a brief recap:

* GOP fundraisers / events. Fox News hosts and "political analysts" have frequently spoken at or hosted fundraisers or events for Republican organizations and candidates. Recently, Fox News employee Dick Morris -- who's received money from GOP parties -- announced that he's planning to stump for more than 40 Republican candidates.
* On-air endorsements. Fox Newsers regularly make on-air endorsements for Republicans. Fox Business host Eric Bolling, for example, told viewers they could "save" the country in 2012 by putting "a Republican in there. Turn it over in 2010."
* Endorsing statements. Fox Newsers regularly release statements in support of candidates through their political organizations or social media accounts. Sarah Palin, for example, makes endorsements through her Facebook page, while Mike Huckabee endorses candidates on his Huck PAC website. Fox News has promoted both Huckabee and Palin's outside ventures.
* Behind-the-scenes / campaign roles. Last year, Dick Morris worked as a paid consultant for unsuccessful Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos. Fox News contributor Karl Rove, meanwhile, has been offering campaign advice to Republicans, such as the House Republican Conference and Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul.
* Political fundraising groups. Fox News hosts and contributors are raising money for Republican candidates and causes using political action committees, 527 and 501(c)(4) organizations. These fundraising groups are also promoted on Fox News.
* Frequent softball candidate promotions. Fox News has frequently opened its airwaves to promote Republican candidates such as Republican gubernatorial candidates Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell, and Senate candidates Marco Rubio, Mark Kirk, Scott Brown, Sharron Angle, and Rand Paul. Angle summarized Fox News' friendly haven for GOP candidates when she suggested that she prefers to appear on Fox because they let her raise money.
* GOP in exile. Fox News boasts a long roster of possible 2012 presidential candidates on its payroll, such as Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Fox News, in turn, gives them exposure and air time while they decide whether they want to run for office.
* GOP issue advocacy. Fox News has frequently pushed conservative misinformation about the Obama administration and various other issues. Perhaps most notably, Fox News became the voice of the opposition against health care reform earlier this year.
* GOP events advocacy. Fox News has heavily promoted pro-Republican and anti-Democrat events such as the April 15 Tax Day Tea Parties, the Tea Party Express bus tour, and Rep. Michele Bachmann's anti-health care reform rallies.

As The Daily Show's Jon Stewart noted, "If anything, the Republicans should be paying Fox News millions and millions of dollars."
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 12:01 pm
Real people involving themselves in our Democracy in order to save it. Gotta give um credit for standing up, and having fun doing it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FhMMmqzbD8&feature=player_embedded#!
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 12:10 pm
Beats bringing your guns to a rally or screaming down speakers at town halls so you can sell your "they want to kill grandma" fear and lies agenda. I want to find out where they are doing this next and go join in. I want Corporations to get the message that they can not use our money to by our elections without a cost to them.
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 12:13 pm
"buy"
Time to push away from the keyboard. Nice day out there.
 

JoAnne Perdue (50)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 4:07 pm
NOTED...
 

Robert S. (115)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 4:43 pm
The Monsanto Machine

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines/090300-03.htm
 

Mandi T. (421)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 10:04 am
I may be late getting here, but I am ready for COFFEE.Tks for the card and post Gregory.
 

carol narick (243)
Monday September 20, 2010, 1:12 pm
THANKS GREGORY--BIG HUGS TO YOU AND CARE2 ALWAYS!!..
 
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