¿Come Together, Schmome Together?

“We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We’re skeptics!,” exclaims the Facebook page of One Voice Radio, an Hispanic-focused media outlet. Latinos, after delivering re-election to this President, should be taking note as we consolidate and grow our power as an emerging voting bloc.

The election is long over yet now is not the time to let up on participating in our political process. Too much is at stake, with education, the economy‘s recovery, and the quality of jobs at stake most crucially for our children.

Will they inherit a robust, growing America or one that is bloated, contracting, and meek?

This was my “mindmeld” when I read about Starbuck’s “Come Together” campaign. The CEO is urging his DC employees to leave “come together” messages in hopes that lawmakers locked in their best Jets v. the Sharks animosity, shed their partisan differences for the good of the nation and compromise on a deal that will prevent us from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

I’ve heard about the healing properties of cafecito but this is for the record books!

I laughed at some of the biting and clever comments left on the page of this coffee-festo.

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Bilingual Courtesy: KeepCalmAndPosters.com

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Courtesy:KeepCalmandPosters.com

True Dat.

Of course the media elite is raining on this barista uprising, with a New York Times columnist and a Washington Post blogger leaving my cup of coffee, well, watered down.

Remember healthy skepticism?

To the critics I say yes, this is likely a publicity stunt.

Add that the complexity of our federal debt has been reduced to, well, the intricacies of my holiday coffee order:

1 tall Pumpkin Spice latte, skinny, 2 pump with liiigggghhht whipped cream.

And then I saw this:

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Come Together Courtesy: Zachary Stieber

Not in Washington, DC, but in a Red State where I’m spending the holidays.

This is the real America, so different from the inside Beltway, northeast corridor mentality quick sand sinking our lawmakers and the media.

People here aren’t stupid. But they sure don’t obsessively follow the political “horse race” du jour of our 24 hour news cycle.

What does hitting the brakes just in time, going off, or reaching the edge of the “Fiscal Cliff” mean for regular Americans?

If most people aren’t answering this Q, it’s because they’ve got other things on their minds:

  • Making a mortgage payment
  • Consumed by worry that they’ll be late paying the credit card bills racked up after Christmas shopping
  • I-survived-the-chopping-block-at-work-in-2012-will-my-luck-last-through-2013?
  • Are my kids safe?

This is why I’m giving Starbucks a pass. Maybe the CEO doesn’t “get” the wonky ins and outs of our debt problema. But he’s reminding average Americans to stay engaged in our political process.

Not a bad idea because last time I checked,  our government is not our politicians’.

It’s not the media’s.

It’s ours.

Some say “come together” means caving in. Others say it means compromise. How have you defined it in your life?

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