With the recent emergence of the coffee movement to challenge the tea party movement the battle of the breakfast beverages is underway. The coffee movement is the spontaneous answer to the somewhat maligned tea party movement.
The coffee movement fashions themselves as a more progressive version of the tea party wanting bigger but better government it is a contradiction in terms. The founding father Thomas Paine made one of the most absolute statements on government when he said” the government who governs best governs least”.
However I think there is a deeper political connection between these two movements. First the tea party movement is inspired by the Boston tea party one of the events that was the precursor to the American Revolution. in many ways the coffee movement shares the idealistic vision and goals of the most bloody of the revolutions the French revolution. Coffee was a key component and very popular drink in French salons that spread the ideals of French revolutionaries. The American Revolution at its focus was a fight for individual liberty and the right for self-determination. These are several of the key ideals that tea party movement is trying to emulate today.
Conversely the only thing that came out of the French revolution was the bloody terror of France. The only terror we have to fear today is increasing power of the government bureaucracy . Although some of the ideals that both movements profess our universal such as freedom and liberty and equality. It will be interesting to see who wins the ideological struggle , tea or coffee anyone.
I am not usually a fan of Rick Mercer and his brand of comedy. I find it’s become run-of-the-mill and very dry. You know things are bad when a comedian from the CBC are national broadcaster. Usually a liberal leaning network is making light how aloof and aristocratic you are. Then you should look in the mirror and know you have an image problem with the Canadian public. Ignatieff’s Achilles like failure with communicating issues to the average Canadian will still be a weakness going into the next election.
Tim Hudak yesterday was very vocal about the banning of the UFC The leader of the progressive conservative party saying that UFC could bring jobs to Ontario .” McGuinty seems more interested in banning things — like candy in schools and pit bulls — than he is concerned with bringing tourism dollars to Toronto and Ontario. ” By taking a stance on the UFC . hopefully the Conservatives can attract more young and non-traditional support to the Tory fold.
On Wednesday Stephen Harper made a statement saying Canada is committed to holding Iran to account and trying to curb their nuclear ambitions. Harper went on to say that his government would work with other governments to impose sanctions on Iran if needed. The growing fear among many Western nations is that Iran’s nuclear ambitions will destabilize an already factious Middle East. Furthermore it seems all major Western governments are taking the actions by Iran very seriously and responding accordingly. As well this is another example of the government’s change in tone on issues of international concern. Recently The conservative government Was lauded for its position against the human rights abuses in China.. As well the Harper government has been a strong advocate and supporter of the state of Israel . This change in outlook when it comes to foreign affairs is one of the substantial difference between the conservatives and previous Liberal’s administrations. No longer does Canada sit on the sidelines when it comes to their own international affairs. Now the world knows Where Canada stands On issues Of Foreign affairs.