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Redefine Human Worth – Save America

CLICK HERE to listen to Egberto Willies and Eric Byler on Politics Done Right, Egberto's weekly radio show.

Egberto Willies is member of the Coffee Party Board of Directors and a self-employed software developer/engineer who lives in Kingwood, TX.  He is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare the Only Resort to Right Wing Doom and the founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice.

Scientists research a subject or natural phenomenon in great detail. Engineers build upon the body of work and research by previous and contemporary scientists to come up with new innovations and useful products. Doctors in partnership with scientists and engineers develop tools and medicines that heal us, ease our pain, and save our lives. Businesses employ citizens and sell products and services to citizens. Citizens deposit their savings in banks who lend it out to businesses at a fair interest rate that allow the banker to maintain a staff at a decent wage and depositors a fair return on their investments.

The above is a simplistic view of what free enterprise looks like. Purposely left out are two specific professions, educators (from elementary school teachers to university professors) and profiteers (investment bankers, hedge fund managers, corporate raiders, etc.).

Without a doubt, the most important profession for the future of our country is teaching and preparing our children. All the professions listed above were the result of teachers imparting knowledge to the next generation. By comparison, profiteers contribute a lot less to the common good.  In fact, if they are allowed to gamble and speculate in a lawless manner, as we have seen in recent decades, they can have a negative impact.  [READ MORE]

It Is All About Messaging Into Action

Egberto Willies is a self-employed software developer/engineer & political activist who lives in Kingwood, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare the Only Resort to Right Wing Doom and the founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice

I just got back from my local Coffee Party meeting. On the 35-mile or so drive back, I was thinking about Merry, our new facilitator and the subject she was discussing. You see she was discussing our healthcare system. Interestingly enough, Merry is neither enamored with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), nor the pre-Affordable Care Act system we are still partially in.

Merry had Wendell Potter’s book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. She also had a few other books and handouts along with websites presenting factual information about our healthcare system.I find that in Houston I always end up at the same symposiums, activist events, and educational events that Merry attends. The people at our local Coffee Party are yearning for dialog and the opportunity to exchange ideas on things that need solving.  We act. Merry had a receptive audience. The problem is that Merry was preaching to the choir. Merry was speaking to our citizens who have stepped out to solve the problem.

Coffee Party members have crossed the biggest threshold, the realization that something is wrong and the realization that they need an avenue by which to make it right. After Merry spoke at length on the ills of the system and the possible solutions I could no longer contain myself, I told her that we have a messaging problem.

Join Egberto Willies On “Politics Done Right” At 1:00PM EST On Sat Jan 14th. Let’s Talk Running For Office and Occupy The Courts

Egberto Willies is a Self-employed software Developer/Engineer & Political Activist who lives in Kingwood, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice

Join me on Politics Done Right. We will have an interesting program. This is an election year and there is a lot happening. Coffee Party USA is forming alliances with other groups that share some of our core values. This will allow us to leverage our membership to accomplish more. Most importantly it will give us a voice in the many growing movements that promises to change America.

This week we will continue our discussion about our participation un Occupy The Courts. We will speak to Coffee Party’s own Diane Owens on what they are doing in Austin, TX. I am sure Diane will have other subjects relative to Local Coffee Party chapters as well.

Jonathan Greenberg will be on to discuss the official launching of BeYourGovernment.org from Washington DC and/or New York. He will detail his compelling concept of having regular American citizens run for office irrespective of party but abiding by the spirit of our coffee party tenets of corporate money out of politics.

Are you interested in running for office? Do you know someone interested in running for office? Coffee Party’s own Jeanne van den Hurk will tell us about running for Congress in South Carolina using the BeYourGovernent.org platform. She will detail the importance of us all getting politically engaged and electorally engaged.

Please call into the show at (646) 929-2495 or listen to the show at LISTEN HERE, Check out Annabel excellent blog post below.


Victory in Congress Means You Still Matter

by Egberto Willies

Something amazing happened today. An extreme faction of the Republican caucus in the US House of Representatives tried to hold hostage an extension of payroll tax relief for the middle class and the poor, hoping to force ideological demands into the bill.  But, they were forced to cave by a trans-partisan coalition.

Make no mistake; this did not occur because of leadership from the President, the Democrats, or the Republicans. This was a direct result of the outrage of the middle class. This is the type of power money cannot buy. This is the type of power that money cannot co-opt, misdirect, or mislead. Do you know why? We the People framed the issue in a manner that illustrated how a failure to pass this bill would materially affect us — our families, our economy, and our nation as a whole.  That is the only basis on which we should make decisions as a democratic republic, and this is the crux of the new notion that has entered public discourse in recent months: "the 99 percent."  In whose interest should our government operate, the most wealthy and the most powerful, or our nation as a whole?  This week, we voiced our opinion loudly and clearly, and we prevailed.

Ultimately money cannot purchase or reverse a collective learning process and the accumulation of knowledge in a free country. If we couple that with active participation in our democracy — and I believe we are — we will neutralize the corrupting influence of money in politics and restore self-governance to the People.

That is the goal of Coffee Party. We are everyday Americans, not political professionals.  Our posts to the Coffee Party Facebook page are shared thousands of times reaching a million people PER DAY.  Contributing your voice to our ongoing virtual town hall is just one of the ways you can be part of the solution for America. 

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The Movement Is You

EgbertoWillies(144X144)Egberto Willies is a Self-employed software Developer/Engineer & Political Activist who lives in Houston, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice.

by Egberto Willies

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a very peaceful rally in my town of Kingwood, Texas. We called the rally Occupy Kingwood. The rally was comprised of many organizations in town working for change to re-buttress the middle class. We had a few members of Coffee Party participating as well. We decided to rally without any overt signs that named our specific organizations but instead presented a unified front based on the actual problems afflicting the poor and the middle class.

I am sure by now you have seen the recent report that the census data reveals that nearly half of Americas live near or below the poverty level. These are not first world country statistics but stats for third world countries. Members and contributors to the Coffee Party have defined the problem. We know the problem is partially the corporate control of our politicians and all that it entails. Most importantly, however, we must accept the fact that the problem is us.

It is easy to identify a problem. It is easy to complain about a problem. It is easy to be a victim. What is difficult is taking the steps necessary to be a part of the solution. Why? It is difficult to be engaged in the political process while we must take care of our families. It is difficult to get the information about when and how to take action.

That is where the Coffee Party, your Coffee Party, is designed to play a part. You have just elected a Board of Directors of which I a proud to be a part.  We will hit the ground running on January 1st, ready to support your cause. This is an election year and the Coffee Party's primary goals of Wall Street Reform, Tax Code Reform, and Campaign Finance Reform must be a part of the dialogue.  Your Board of Directors will be watchful and ready to direct our engagement in the body politic to have maximum effect.

Coffee Party Newsletter • Dec. 20, 2011

Vol. 2, Issue 5
Coffee Connect: the Coffee Party newsletter is out!

Jeanene Louden and Egberto Willies
of Coffee Party's newly elected
Board of Directors envision 2012

Will Rice, Mike Massey, and
Eric Byler take on a
partisan cliché popularly known as
"Job Creators"

Executive Director Debilyn Molineaux looks back on an eventful 2011

CLICK HERE to read.

VIDEO: Recent Coffee Party event in The Woodlands, Texas

by Egberto Willies

This video about a recent Woodlands Coffee Party event was created by W. G. Walters, a very active and dedicated member of the Coffee Party in The Woodlands, Texas. He serves as a videographer and graphic artist for the group.

On October 29, 2011 Coffee Party USA had its national Enough Is Enough Citizens Intervention rally on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. All around the country local Coffee Party groups did their own events in parallel with the national event.

The Woodlands Coffee Party meets every 3rd Sunday of the month at the Denny’s in the Woodlands, TX. This is what democracy looks like. Average citizens taking the initiative to make a difference in our body politics.

If this can be accomplished in The Woodlands, TX, or Kingwood, TX, or Spring, TX then it can occur everywhere in the United States of America as these are some of the most Conservative areas in our country.

Your voices matter. Your activism matters. Your support matters.

EgbertoWillies(144X144)Egberto Willies is a Self-employed software Developer/Engineer & Political Activist who lives in Houston, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice.

Last week I wrote a blog asking you to help us defeat an Internet bill called the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (Protect IP Act) that would put freedom on the Internet at risk. The very existence of Coffee Party USA and many other middle class centric organizations were at stake.

After all, the mainstream media is bought, paid for, and operated by the corporate interests that naturally favor policies preferred by the 1%, the only avenue available to the rest of us to get our message out is via the Internet. We must have unfettered access to the Internet.

Any actions to curtail freedom on the Internet must be met by a massive reaction by the entire middle class. It is, and is likely to remain the most reliable source of accurate information, and the only way for people who can't afford to purchase media empires to communicate with one another.

If you're in the fight, give yourself a pat on the back and remember the fight has just begun. We will need your  support in 2012, a year that will make or break the middle class based on the outcome of introduced bills and the results of the election. Stay engaged. Stay informed. Visit our website often for information and action.  If you are not yet a member of Coffee Party USA, please consider joining as part of our Class of 2012 Membership Drive and take advantage of our special offers that expire Jan. 31.

Inoculate yourself from 1 Percent Media (and other products designed to mislead you)

EgbertoWillies(144X144)Egberto Willies is a Self-employed software Developer/Engineer & Political Activist who lives in Houston, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice.

by Egberto Willies

I was unable to listen to Annabel and Jeanene's show live on Thursday afternoon. So while writing this newsletter I decided to listen to the archived recording. A lot of the focus seemed to be on the word "truth." I few days ago a Coffee Party member sent me a piece she found titled “Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation" by H. Michael Sweeney.

I read through it and was simply amazed at the piece. It is in fact the playbook for those that must misinform in order to achieve their narrow agenda. Reading it with an open mind could inoculate you from media content designed to mislead you.

Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation©

(Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist) by H. Michael Sweeney.

These 25 rules are everywhere in media, from political debates, to television shows, to comments on a blog.

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the "How dare you!" gambit.

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such "arguable rumors." If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a "wild rumor" which can have no basis in fact.

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent’s argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary attack the messenger ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as "kooks," "right-wing," "liberal," "left-wing," "terrorists," "conspiracy buffs," "radicals," "militia," "racists," "religious fanatics," "sexual deviates," and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism reasoning — simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent’s viewpoint.

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough "jargon" and "minutiae" to illustrate you are "one who knows", and simply say it isn’t so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.

9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues with denial that evidence has any credibility, makes any sense, provides any proof, makes a point, has logic, or supports a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.

10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with. Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually them be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues — so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the "high road" and "confess" with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made — but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, "just isn’t so." Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later. Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for "coming clean" and "owning up" to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to loose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards with an apparent deductive logic in a way that forbears any actual material fact.

14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best for items qualifying for rule 10.

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.

16. Vanishing evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won’t have to address the issue.

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can "argue" with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can’t do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how "sensitive they are to criticism".

19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the "play dumb" rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon). In order to completely avoid discussing issues may require you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.

20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed an unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict (usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim) is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed.

22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.

24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by proper intimidation with blackmail or other threats.

25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen.


Why OWS Must Occupy Politics: Bill Could Lead to Internet Censorship

EgbertoWillies(144X144)Egberto Willies is a Self-employed software Developer/Engineer & Political Activist who lives in Houston, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice.

by Egberto Willies

Please click here to sign the petition against the Protect IP bill and call your 2 senators to ask them to stand against this bill now. Our free enterprise economy depends on it. The bill is described as an attempt to protect intellectual property, but by allowing the US Justice Department to go after websites based on their content, it is step down the slippery slope toward censorship.

I have visited Occupy DC and spoken to many of the participants. I have spoken to Jesse LaGreca from Occupy Wall Street. I have argued with Kevin Zeese of Occupy Washington DC about the reasons why the movement must be politically engaged. I have discussed with many at Occupy Houston why it is imperative that the movement enters into an electoral politics mode and soon.

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