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

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"After the 2008 election, many believed America was inevitably lurching hard and permanently to the left. The grassroots revolt that is the tea party movement stopped the left's momentum and may have reversed America's trajectory. This book's inside story is the first account of this happy reversal of fortune."—Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

"When CNN's Anderson Cooper is calling you obscure sexual fetishes, then you've got to be doing something right. The tea party movement is the long awaited conservative ...

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"After the 2008 election, many believed America was inevitably lurching hard and permanently to the left. The grassroots revolt that is the tea party movement stopped the left's momentum and may have reversed America's trajectory. This book's inside story is the first account of this happy reversal of fortune."—Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

"When CNN's Anderson Cooper is calling you obscure sexual fetishes, then you've got to be doing something right. The tea party movement is the long awaited conservative counterrevolution. To paraphrase Abbie Hoffman, 'buy this book.' John O'Hara delivers the meaning behind this movement and what Americans can do next."—Andrew Breitbart, Publisher, Big Government, Big Hollywood, and Big Journalism

"Fifty years from now, historians will be reading O'Hara's book to understand one of the great pivot points in American politics."—Tucker Carlson, Editor, The Daily Caller

"A must-read, behind-the-scenes tour of the movement that has magnified the voices of millions of concerned Americans. John O'Hara effectively demonstrates how our Constitution and basic principles of freedom are under fire. More importantly, he equips citizens with the knowledge and encouragement necessary to win the battles for freedom still ahead of us. Get this book, get informed...then get busy!"—U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (SC), author of Saving Freedom

"John O'Hara helped spearhead a movement that is now redefining the American electorate. This inspiring read will further rouse a new generation of patriots not beholden to a political party, but to the rugged individualism and free-market philosophy on which this country was built."—Jonathan Hoenig, Capitalistpig, LLC and Fox News Contributor

"Informative and entertaining. The differences I have with the book might be resolved with O'Hara at the next tea party. See you there."—Gene Epstein, Barron's Economics Editor

"Captures an inside look at this incredibly important movement. Many left-wing talking heads say it was artificially created, but O'Hara shows how it was a spontaneous grassroots effort. For anyone interested in understanding the new dynamic of politics and how this movement will affect the upcoming election, this book is a must read."—Dick Armey, Chairman of FreedomWorks and former House Majority Leader

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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, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • 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 Manager of External Relations at The Heartland Institute. Previously, he served under U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in the administration of George W. Bush, and was a journalism fellow at the American Spectator. He has been active in political campaigns at the state and federal level, including one presidential campaign. O'Hara graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in philosophy and a concentration in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies. He studied ancient philosophy and ethics at King's College London, 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.

Foreword. 

Preface.

Chapter 1 The Tea Parties.

Unorganized Organizers.

From Stewing to Brewing.

The Planning.

Game Day.

We're All Community Organizers Now.

The Tax Day Tea Parties.

Institutional Organization.

Striking a Balance.

Internal Complications.

No, Really, We're Nonpartisan.

Bureaucrats and Permits.

April 15, 2009: The Million-Taxpayer March.

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

Touting versus Learning from Reagan.

1994: The Revolution That Wasn't.

The Quasi-Conservative Presidency of George W. Bush.

How to Pretend You Are Something You Aren't.

Meltdown.

2008 Election.

Hope and Change We Can Believe In.

A Center-Right Nation.

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

The Original Sin: The CRA.

The Tax Code.

Easy Money.

Take a Loan off Fannie.

Crisis.

Bailouts, Handouts, and Corporate Welfare.

Baby You Can Buy My Car.

Newspapers Bailouts.

Balance Sheet.

Account Overdrawn.

Chapter 4 The Political Class Reacts.

Memo from the White House: You Just Don’t Get It.

From the Department of Homeland Security: A Preemptive Strike.

Congress Claims We're All Astroturf.

Straight from the Economist-in-Chief Himself.

The Response from the Right.

Others Show a Healthy Respect.

Out of the Loop.

Chapter 5 The Media Strikes Back.

Media Blackout.

Mr. Obama, Are You Watching?

Propaganda and Disinformation.

Sexual Slurs.

Bad Comedy, Worse Commentary.

The Racism Straw Man.

By the Numbers.

The Media Market Reacts.

So You Think You Can Politic?

Chapter 6 Radical Ideas.

Part I: You Earn It, We Spend It.

Part II: The Intrusion.

Sliding Down the Slippery Slope.

Chapter 7 Radical Tactics.

The Playbook.

The Organizers.

The Enforcers.

Sharp Distinctions.

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

The Health Care Policy Debate.

The Government “Solutions”.

Real Reform.

Now or Never.

Something's Fishy.

Dems Feel the Heat.

Overwhelming Public Response.

Town Halls.

What Happened to “Democracy in Action”?

Pay No Attention to the Doctors!

Don't Anger the Trial Lawyers!

White House Spin and Spam.

Axelrod's Turf.

Mobilizing Union Muscle.

Lying to Grandma.

Free-Range or Free-Market?

Fannie Med?

A Civics Lesson for Congressmen.

Chapter 9 The Tea Party Manifesto.

Not Our Turf.

Who They Are and What They Believe.

A New Avenue.

Popular, Not Populist.

Dispelling False Dichotomies.

On the Role of Government.

Not Anti-Tax.

Rejection of Bailouts, Handouts, and Wealth Redistribution.

Personal Responsibility.

“The Ideology of Change”.

A Rejection of Class Warfare: The Unholy Trinity.

The Rejection of False Prophets.

Rejection of the Entitlement Ethic.

Common Sense over Regulation.

Rejection of the Mediocrity Ethic.

The Counterrevolution: From Theory to Practice.

Chapter 10 Rules for Counterradicals.

The 9/12 Taxpayer March.

Arguing from an Imperfect Status Quo.

Honing the Message.

Mastering the Art of Rallies.

Utilizing Coalitions.

Coordination, not Competition.

Promoting Principles over Personalities.

Keeping Your Cool in a Fiery Debate.

Using Social Networking.

Looking Beyond the Rallies.

Taking Consistent, Principled Action.

Maintaining Accountability and Transparency.

Taking it to the States.

The Right Ideals and the Right People.

In Conclusion.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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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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