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

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"What has driven hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets in protest since late February, 2009? A cry of "enough" government expansion and interference and reassertion of individual liberty: a first principle that became a rallying cry behind a movement. A New American Tea Party presents the voices behind the growing discontent among every day citizens with increased government taxation, spending, and intervention." "Author John M. O'Hara - a rising star in the conservative/libertarian movement - played an integral role in starting

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"What has driven hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets in protest since late February, 2009? A cry of "enough" government expansion and interference and reassertion of individual liberty: a first principle that became a rallying cry behind a movement. A New American Tea Party presents the voices behind the growing discontent among every day citizens with increased government taxation, spending, and intervention." "Author John M. O'Hara - a rising star in the conservative/libertarian movement - played an integral role in starting the first modern day tea party in February of 2008, an effort that sparked off a nation wide movement. On tax day in April 2009, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in more than 800 cities to voice their opposition to out of control spending at all levels of government. In August, citizens in every state of the union made their voices heard at congressional town hall meetings. On September 12, 2009 over half a million people marched on the U.S. Capitol." A New American Tea Party explains how these protests evolved and were organized, and distills the results - including the often bizarre media backlashes - of the movement, the philosophy behind the movement, and the road ahead. Written by one of the leading organizers behind the protests, this book shows you how the costs of bailouts and other excessive government interference today is philosophically incompatible with the founding principles of our nation and simply unsustainable for future generations.

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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”

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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: 1/12/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. O'Hara is vice president of external relations at the Illinois Policy Institute. Previously, O'Hara worked as assistant director of communications at The Heartland Institute. He served under U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in the administration of George W. Bush and, prior to that, was a Collegiate Network journalism fellow at the American Spectator. O'Hara has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs as a commentator on the tea party movement and current political affairs. For his work with the tea party movement, he received an inaugural 2010 William F. Buckley, Jr., Leadership Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition. O'Hara graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in philosophy and a concentration in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies and was managing editor of the Kenyon Observer. For more about the author, visit JohnMOHara.com

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Table of Contents

Bailout Nation: A Spending Timeline

Ch. 1 The Tea Parties 1

Ch. 2 How We Got Here: Abandoning Principles and the People 21

Ch. 3 The Whistling Teapot: The Financial Crisis and the Bailout Nation 41

Ch. 4 The Political Class Reacts 51

Ch. 5 The Media Strikes Back 73

Ch. 6 Radical Ideas 99

Ch. 7 Radical Tactics 141

Ch. 8 The Teapot Boils Over: Health Care Takes Center Stage 175

Ch. 9 The Tea Party Manifesto 203

Ch. 10 Rules for Counterradicals 235

Notes 261

About the Author 301

Index 303

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    The perfect title for this new movement that has so many true American patriots calling out this Big Government of today. It is a good read and keeps you interested.

    Mr. O'Hara gives us a true perspective of what the Tea Party movement is all about today. The Left would have you believe that these American citizens are not patriotic, are considered "racists" by the Obama tyrants, and do not believe in our Founding Fathers and the Constitution of the United States of America. These people and all true Americans should read "A New American Tea Party" to see what this current administration has done to completely tear down our founding principles and our Constitution and to divide our country by both class warfare and calling anyone who disagrees with the administration as "racists". It is a shame that so many Americans see this movement as unpatriotic and disrupting. Instead this new movement shows how many Americans are genuinely concerned about where this country is headed and what the legacy of this administration is to our children, grandchildren, and their children.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    A Must Read for Trying to Understand American Politics Today

    John O'Hara masterfully sets the reader on a course through the history of the tea parties that culminates in a modern day reaction against the waste, fraud, and abuse perpetuated by the American federal government. O'Hara illustrates how the Tea Party Movement reflects something deeper than the mere "astroturf" factionalism the news media might portray, instead representing a re-capturing of core constitutional values and a reenvisioning of America as it was founded to be. If you are interested in developing a cultivated sense of the problems facing our country with Health Care, ACORN, the Czars, the financial crisis, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the rise of unions, and other pressing political issues, then this is a MUST READ!!!!

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    Surprising Story Behind the Tea Party Protest Movement

    This is an exceptionally well written book that offers an unbelievable, non-partisan insight into the runaway spending habits by Republicans and Democrats. The real story about the Tea Party protesters will surprise you. I was. It is informative and an enjoyable read. O'Hara is a smart, honest, and powerful writer. You will not be disappointed, a must read.

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