A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes
  • A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes
  • A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes

A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes

by John M. O'Hara
     
 

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The tea party movement has involved millions of Americans in the political process like never before. It has significantly changed the political landscape on issues ranging from bailouts and cap and trade to health care. Amidst an encroaching government and radical public policies, concerned patriots have taken to the streets at tea party rallies and town hall

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The tea party movement has involved millions of Americans in the political process like never before. It has significantly changed the political landscape on issues ranging from bailouts and cap and trade to health care. Amidst an encroaching government and radical public policies, concerned patriots have taken to the streets at tea party rallies and town hall protests across the country. This historic movement has been defined by a rallying cry of "enough" government expansion and interference into citizens' lives. A New American Tea Party presents the voices behind the growing discontent among everyday citizens with increased government spending, taxation, and intervention into both the private sector and our private lives.

Author John M. O'Hara played an integral role in starting one of the first modern-day tea parties that sparked off a nationwide grassroots movement. Now, in A New American Tea Party, he explains how these protests evolved, the principles that drive them, and why they are necessary. O'Hara expertly distills the results of the movement, including the often bizarre media backlashes it produced, and offers insight for the road ahead.

Engaging, clever, and informative, A New American Tea Party shows you how the cost of bailouts, handouts, and other excessive government interference is philosophically incompatible with the founding principles of our nation and simply unsustainable for future generations. Throughout the book, O'Hara presents a detailed account of the movement from his perspective inside of it, and:

  • Sets the historic record straight on this critically important American movement

  • Makes the case that this is a philosophically sound movement that embodies the founding principles of our nation

  • Discusses the radical policies being advanced that make this movement more needed than ever

  • Exposes the phony activism of the Left and how politically powerful, well-funded organizations attempt to stifle the voices of concerned citizens and work against the best interests of our democracy

  • Discusses what it will take to turn the momentum of this movement into positive, lasting change in public policy

If you're concerned with the growth of government, the direction of our country, and the state of the union that we will pass on to the next generation and you want to see a road map for a better way forward, then you need to read A New American Tea Party.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Finally, an accurate overview of the modern tea party movement that has been well researched and without an agenda. While it's obvious that O'Hara is attuned and sympathetic to the cause, he does try and be as objective as possible. . . , this should be required reading for all journalists who are reporting on the tea party saga. . . What is most useful is the fact that he realizes that those involved are motivated with a frustration of politicians of all parties. It is not a left and right issue. . . a well written book on a subject that is very much in the public eye. If you are seeking an accurate [account] of what has transpired so far, then this is the book for you."
Blogcritics.org

“Mr. O’Hara impressively shows the libertarian tradition in American history, from Tom Paine to Ronald Reagan. . . What comes across in [this] book is not so much a brief for a Republican takeover of the House and Senate as an argument for throwing out the incumbents. . . The ultimate citizens guide to making the government accountable, including such strategy tips as ‘bring a camera to your rally if the media won’t cover it,’ ‘Alert your base – use the phone, Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, emails lists, Web sites.’ Mr. O’Hara has a grown-up attititude other conservative activists don’t have. . . In A New American Tea Party, Mr. O’Hara not only explains a movement that the media has tried to marginalize, but also provides a study in how our nation’s reporters should report what is happening rather than what they think should be.”
The Washington Times

“In addition to detailing all the players and events – in fascinating detail for those interested in a how-to handbook on political organizing – the book also is a comprehensive description of the “why” of the movement: the betrayals of the Republican Congress, and the failures of the Bush Administration, the McCain campaign and the economics sins (only a partial list is possible!) of the Obama Administration and its Democratic Congress, and also the mainstream media. In all, a cogent, point-by-point refresher course of the past decade’s reversal of the economic policies of the Reagan Revolution. . . [This] first-hand account from within this grassroots movement is well written, thoroughly researched and annotated and presented in a crisp, organized fashion.

A New American Tea Party is also often a very entertaining overview of the tea party movement’s inception and battles, internal and external, thus far. More important, the book sets the stage for the road ahead not only for this movement, but for conservatism as a whole.”
Conservative Battleline Online

“I think it’s an interesting read. Read it, learn about it for yourselves and separate it.”
Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”

Publishers Weekly
Free-market think tank P.R. man O'Hara, a veteran of political campaigns and the latter Bush administration, provides an informative rundown of the populist Tea Party movement he helped create, including a chronicle of its emergence and a breakdown of its methods and goals. Denying similarities to past populism (which directed anger at corporations), or the current state of the GOP (where "fair-weather dedication to capitalism is all too common"), O'Hara declares the Tea Party a standard bearer for the Reagan revolution: "opposed to vast government expansion, huge spending, entitlements, and intervention." Crying tyranny, O'Hara predictably draws parallels between the Obama administration's financial policies and those that led to the original Boston Tea Party, but also castigates Republican leaders like John McCain (ignorant of free-market principles), the Bushes (closet liberals), and Newt Gingrich (whose mid-1990s "revolution" was a mirage). O'Hara spends much time dissecting the sins of the Left (which "wants to take, control, and distribute as it sees fit"), and doesn't minimize the contention between Tea Party-style libertarianism and pseudo-Right neoconservativism. Anyone looking for a cogent explanation of this year's most visible grassroots political movement will find this a clear-headed, though highly opinionated, insider's account.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470567982
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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