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Saturday, May 14, 2011, beginning at 3 p.m., come to the Broad Ripple Tavern, at the corner of Carrollton and Broad Ripple, to meet and socialize.

Other blogs might support the Republican, Democratic, or Libertarian parties. Others might tout what I have discerned only as the amorphous views of the party of tea. Here at 3leftturnsmakearight, however, our concept of "party" is slightly different. As one historian has noted, in writing of the development of political parties: "The trouble was that the term ‘party,’ and the very idea for which it stood, had yet to achieve any measure of respectability. A ‘party,’ as the term was commonly understood, was nothing more than a ‘faction,’ meaning an organized minority whose very purpose was to undercut the public will, usually by devious and corrupt means." Ellis, American Sphinx, 1996, p. 144.

Our "party" is a "social gathering or entertainment, as of invited guests to a private house or elsewhere." The American College Dictonary, 1962 ed., p. 884. This particular meeting will be at a public house, as I believe that is the source of the term "pub." We shall gather to discuss political and/or social issues and to gain input on what people would like to see on the show. The bar is cash, by the way. I may be a liberal and, some would say, at times in my life have been a libertine. My budgetary ways do not extend to buying rounds.

AND, while we encourage everyone to have a good time, please—if you choose to consume alcohol—arrange for a designated driver, an alternative means of transportation, or bring a cane to assist you in staggering home.

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