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  • 00:55

    Democracy Spring: Lunch with Louden 2/11/2016

    in Politics

    Guest Francis Moore Lappe, Writer and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute will share the details about and hopes for the Democracy Spring action in April. 


    Democracy Spring


    “The campaign will begin on April 2nd with a march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. where thousands will gather to reclaim the US Capitol in a powerful, peaceful, and massive sit-in that no one can ignore. Over 1,500 people have already pledged to risk arrest between April 11th-16th in what will be one of the largest civil disobedience actions in a generation. Together we  can open the door to reforms previously considered impossible and reclaim our democracy. Join us!


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  • 01:10

    We Need to Talk About Why We Can't Talk About Guns: Lunch with Louden 12/10/2015

    in Politics

    Over the years I have developed an appreciation for the idea of "liberty and justice for all" - liberty being the rights of the individual and justice being the rights of the members of our society.


    These two opposing concepts occur for me as a dance in a ballroom called the Constitution. So when  it feels like something has gone sideways within this republic's democracy, I look to THAT dance in THAT ballroom for answers and solutions.


    But when the topic has anything to do with guns.... American Ingenuity, that magical thing that happens when everyone brings their unique perspective to the table and uses the creative tension of their differences to make something better than what anyone imagined - doesn't have a chance if the conversation is blocked by polarizing rhetoric.


    What I hear and see is more shaming than discussing; more yelling than listening; and, more righteousness than problem solving. This is not a conservative problem or a liberal problem. It is our problem.


    If you want to be a part of the solution, if you believe in the magic of American Ingenuity, you can start by participating in critical listening and civil speaking on LUNCH WITH LOUDEN.

  • 01:01

    The Politically Correct War on Christmas Outrage is Getting Old: #LWL 11/12/15

    in Politics

    Manufactured outrage is a marketing strategy devised by those who would replace a civilization with tribes.


    Every year I hope the War on Christmas gimmick will expire. But no. November was barely out of the gate before the minimalist red seasonal Starbucks cup was in the cross-hairs of politically correct (however meaningless) outrage.


    "Fact of that matter is that folks must strive to be clear of the media’s bias and quest for ratings and choose to obtain news from less inflammatory sources. The media doesn’t always have your interest at heart, despite their cunning words and headlines. Don’t fall for the hype and shop elsewhere and open your eyes to the real, tangible problems instead of getting angry at media exaggerated other, or the “them in the US vs Them struggle." Read more at  http://shinyredbuttonmedia.com/2013/09/23/manufacturedoutrage/


    Let's talk about this!


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  • 01:59

    P1FD: Are You Transpartisan? Is the Coffee Party? 9 PM EST

    in Politics

    Press [1] For Democracy covers current political news from a transpartisan viewpoint.  In other words, putting the country before the party.  Extra emphasis on Money in Politics issues.

    Tonight:  Are You Transpartisan?  Is the Coffee Party?


    Since its inception, The Coffee Party’s mantra has revolved around transpartisanship. Its mandate was to create a safe place where voices from all parties and all political philosophies could meet to discuss and find workable solutions to our common problems. 

    To accomplish this lofty goal, our membership make-up needs to include Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Tea Partiers, Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Socialists, and others.  Today we're asking for your help in determining our progress. But to do so, we need your help.  Please reply to the following questions:


    To do so, please reply to the following questions:



    What political party do you belong to? (if any)
    Do you regularly engage members of other parties in civil, fact-based political dialog?
    If you do, what topics do you agree on?
    If you don’t, what’s stopping you?


    Tonight, on Press [1] for Democracy, we’ll analyze our results and see what conclusions can be drawn.  We’ll also look for ways to improve such exchanges where needed.  Listen live on line or call in and be heard at (646) 929-2495.  9 PM EST/7 PM CST/6 PM PST  

  • 01:01

    The Debate That Cried Out for Civility and Reason: Lunch with Louden 11/05/15.

    in Politics

    The most recent primary candidate debate was a political scream for help. “Are you a comic book version of a president?” I was shocked and remain concerned about the lack of civility and reason.


    Those of us who value civility and reason now have a perfect compass point for our stand: that we, the people, deserve adult, fact based, and respectable discussion on meaningful issues before this republic’s democracy. 


    On November 6th, the day after this broadcast, there will be a candidate forum moderated by Rachel Maddow, and on November 14th the next primary candidate debate will be moderated by John Dickerson. Charlie Rose asked Mr. Dickerson if the last debate was "a teachable moment"? I think it was. And you?


    You can share your observations about this most recent debate and thoughts about your hopes for future debates by calling in, participating in chat during the broadcast OR you can join the ongoing conversaton between now and air time on Lunch with Louden 


     


     

  • 00:25

    The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life

    in Politics


    Our current political system dominated by two parties is broken, according to the nearly 130 million eligible American voters who are either registered independent or not registered to vote at all.  In this podcast, Michael Ostrolenk speaks with Jim Turner about a new transpartisan approach to solving today’s challenges.  People who are told they are on opposite sides of the political spectrum may, in reality,  agree on many similar goals and outcomes, says Mr. Turner, one of the original “Nader’s Raiders.”  Solutions will be found in focusing on these areas of agreement, rather than continuing unnecessarily bitter and divisive debate stuck in the flawed left/right paradigm.   Learn more about transpartisan ideas: read, Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life co-authored by Mr. Turner.

  • 01:31

    Transpartisan Economics: Can we make it happen?

    in Politics Progressive

    Like most in America, my neighborhood back in Marietta, GA is a political hot-box, with folks whose beliefs range from staunch conservative to ultra-progressive, and everywhere in between.  But on most summer days, they can be found down at the neighborhood swim and tennis center, where parents converse about local issues such as schools, the proposed new mall, or the fact that police patrols had stepped up nicely after a string of vandalisms were reported.  Still others abandon politics for a while in favor of a doubles match against their longtime rival subdivision’s team.     And for those hours, these political opposites are caught up in solving common problems; whether how to fund the school's ailing arts program or how to break the guy with the one hundred mile per hour serve.  In short, the swim and tennis center provides fertile ground in which transpartisan* values are born and advanced. The questions are, can we apply those same principles to issues with larger geographic reach?  And can we make those in Washington understand and promote our goals and our objectives?   Tonight, we want to hear your transpartisan success stories and ways to apply those same process to the bigger issues that are facing the vast majority of Americans today.   Please join host Dan Aronson as we seek transpartisan solutions to our common problems.  Listen in live here here starting at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, or call in to voice your opinion at  (646) 929-2495.  And when you do, remember to Press [1] for Democracy.

  • Countdown to TPP Vote in Congress: Lunch with Louden 10/15/15

    in Politics

    There are just a few short months before Congress will vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Organizations across America are gearing up for the last chapter in the fight to prevent the TPP from becoming law.


    While polls show lack of public support for the TPP, there are also indicators that where one stands appears to depend upon which side of the Board Room door one sits.


    Let's talk about what is planned and what YOU can do to make the voice of the people heard.

  • 01:18

    Lunch with Louden 10/1/15: We're Back and Ready to Go!

    in Politics

    Today’s show marks the Lunch with Louden return to Coffee Party Internet Radio - and we are ready to go.


    I know some of you are recent additions to our audience, and this may be your first time for LWL, so I will take a few minutes to reintroduce myself (Jeanene Louden), let you know what changes have occurred in the last few months, and introduce you to our newest addition to the LWL team.


    You can keep up with us by liking the LUNCH WITH LOUDEN Facebook page. 


    Learn more about the Coffee Party USA on our website, on the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @coffeepartyusa.

  • 01:02

    Joseph McCormick of Transpartisan Alliance

    in US Government

    Joseph McCormick recently wrote: Transpartisan and bipartisan are two different things. The corporatist elitist element at the “center” of both parties - “Dempublicrats” - are now scrambling to channel the discontent w/ partisanship into a “bipartisan” rule that will further narrow the scope of conversation & increasingly enforce top down rules “for our own good.” He has devoted his life to pushing for a new paradigm: the transpartisan alliance. It opens up a new way of building relationships and alliances based on shared values and creating powerful processes for dialogue. http://transpartisan.us/

  • 01:02

    Transpartisan Nation Part II - LUNCH W LOUDEN Thursday 12 Noon Pacific

    in Politics

    Is the transpartisan strategy the way forward?


    There was once a man who set off to change the world, then discovered he didn’t have enough power to change the world.  So he decided to change the country...but again failed. So he decided to change his own community with no more luck.  He returned home to change his family, who resisted all attempts.  He decided to change himself...and succeeded!  


    As a result, his family was transformed, and that spilled out into his community. His community became a role model for other communities in the country, which was positively changed.  And as his country shifted priorities and policies, the world was changed.  


    We started this conversation three weeks ago in Transpartisan Nation Part 1. Questions we asked on that show included, “Can we let go of the point-scoring, win/lose paradigm?  Can we trust each other, provide compassion instead of competition and control our fear long enough to be the change we seek?”


    In our blog and today's show, we explore how does one become “transpartisan” and what does this really mean?