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Separated at Birth: No Labels and Coffee Party

Posted on December 14 2010 2:30 pm

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The anti-label crusaders from David Frum’s mushy-middle, (and pointless) No Labels project, and the mushy middle pretenders of the Coffee Party are on the march, and dang if they don’t sound like they could be the same group. David Frum didn’t need to waste his time with No Labels. He should have just joined the Coffee Party.

No Labels Declaration and Coffee Party Mission Statement, side by side:

NL: We are not labels – we are people.

CP: We maintain our independence from all political parties and labels.
NL: We care deeply about our country.

CP: Love of country is based on shared values and ideals that define us as a people.

NL: We are frustrated and concerned about the tone of politics.

CP: Critical policy discussions are subjected to a perpetual cacophony of misinformation designed to breed cultural resentment.

NL: We are passionate about addressing America’s challenges.

CP: We believe that by talking and learning together – we can take action to solve the problems facing our nation

NL: We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

CP: …we are non-partisan

NL: We believe hyper-partisanship is destroying our politics and paralyzing our ability to govern.

CP: The ugliness on television, on talk radio, and on blogs and conspiracy emails is alienating to the vast majority of Americans.

NL: We may disagree on issues, but we do so with civility and mutual respect.

CP: Our message of civility and trans-partisan dialogue has allowed us to create an email list of over 65,000.

NL: We believe in the vital civil center — a place where ideas are judged on their merits.

CP: We encourage deliberation guided by reason amongst the many viewpoints held by our members.

NL: We believe that together we can make the future better and brighter — and give us what we all deserve — a government and a political system that works — one driven by shared purpose and common sense.

CP: In the coming months and years, we hope to transform our disappointment in our current political system into a force that will return our nation to a course of popular governance, of the People by the People for the People.

And so on…

They both even have their own theme songs:
Coffee Party anthem:

No Labels anthem:

Cool beans, huh?
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