LESLIE CRISS: Facebook post makes young woman accidental hero

By Leslie Criss/NEMS Daily Journal

“Good manners and soft words have brought many
a difficult thing to pass”
– Sir John Vanbrugh

Annabel Park is a new name on my list of folks with hero potential.
Annabel lives in Silver Spring, Md. She is a 41-year-old documentary filmmaker. Seoul, South Korea born, she immigrated to this country with her family when she was 9.
Before anyone goes apoplectic, rest assured, Annabel is an American citizen.
Weeks ago she posted a personal frustration on Facebook to which many, apparently, could relate.
And now that post seems to be percolating into a national movement.
Annabel simply suggested folks start a coffee party – “Let’s get together and drink cappuccino and have real political dialogue with substance and compassion.”
She posted in early March. Now the Facebook page alone has nearly 200,000 fans. And Coffee Parties are popping up in cities across the nation.
Annabel quickly explains to folks the Coffee Party is not an anti-Tea Party.
Those who’ve signed up with the coffee drinkers also feel they are not being represented by the federal government. They want to get the message to those who beg for our votes with empty promises that they are going to be sorry come re-election time.

Its mission
A recent congregation of coffee lovers in Raleigh, N.C., came up with a statement they hope to deliver to Congress: “We commit to promote a coalition of people who make rational decisions based on substantive information. In return, we expect you to keep us informed in an honest, non-manipulative, substantive way – not through sound bites and hyperbole.”
What a novel idea.
The Coffee Party simply wants to relay their concerns with boldness, but also with kindness and compassion.
Another excellent concept.
Puts me in mind of my wise and wonderful Southern Baptist grandmother who always said, “You can catch more flies with honey.”
I think many folks are sick and tired of the ugliness, the meanness, the hate-spewing from members of Congress of every political persuasion to TV’s way-too-many talking heads to the person on the street who doesn’t want to talk to you nicely if you disagree on a single issue.
All that fussing and fighting and fingerpointing is not doing anyone any good.
I don’t mean to paint with too broad a brush here. I’m certainly not saying all members of all groups are playing ugly.
But, there’s also that saying about one bad apple …
I don’t even drink coffee, but I’m in complete agreement with what one Coffee Party organizer has said.
“As a nation, we will fail if we continue to take this childish position that it’s my way or no way.”

Contact Leslie Criss at (662) 678-1584 or leslie.criss@djournal.com.

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