PATSY R. BRUMFIELD: How about let's start new group?

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

This political upheaval with we-don’t-like-government is really taking hold around America.
The Tea Party is shaking up politicians near and far, and it’s attracted a lot of people with diverse backgrounds, although it still looks like most of them are white and leaning Republican.
Just across my e-mail comes an announcement from the anti-Tea Party calling itself the Coffee Party USA.
I don’t know who’s in charge, but this group plans its first Tupelo get-together May 11. Any folks interested should go to
The Coffee Party USA advertises itself as giving people another way to get involved and be heard, rather than with loud demonstrations and “overall divisive language,” aka the Tea Party.
Good luck and God bless ’em, I say.
Any way Americans can get involved with shaping their government should be a good thing.
If I had any extra time, from work and gardening and watching “Tough Love/Couples” and “Celebrity Rehab,” I think I could organize my own grassroots group, the Beer Party USA.
We’d talk about government and how to make it better. We’d also talk about legalizing home brewing.
I bet we could do a brisk business with trademarked T-shirts.
And what about those foam things you can put your bottle or can into to keep it cold?
I bet our meetings would be well attended. Gosh, who wouldn’t want to come to a Beer Party meeting and “get involved?”
We’d have an egalitarian appeal as the party of Every Man or Every Woman. We’d be the Beer Party, not the Champagne Party or the White Wine and Brie Party.
I think I’m on to something here.
I understand that we can’t have people running uncontrolled, uninspected stills and brew-plants for public consumption.
But it seems like the American way – freedom and all – that if you’ve got the ability to make a little beer for yourself and don’t plan to sell it, you ought to be able to do it.
Mississippi has a few micro-brew businesses, which probably got started in somebody’s home kitchen.
Perhaps if we legally allowed personal home brewing, we might encourage a wave of new enterprise, if our brewers became so inclined.
I’ve even got a commitment from a state senator to sponsor the legislation. A current, underground home brewer has promised to name a vintage after him, if the bill becomes law.
So, maybe I’ll suggest to my home brewer that he put in the legal paperwork for our group. It may actually get some traction, or foam, in today’s political climate.
And don’t forget about the T-shirts.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or Read Patsy’s blog, From the Front Row, on or her posts on Twitter and Facebook.

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