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


The tax protester manifesto, written by a leading organizer of the tea party protests

On April 15, 2009, a grassroots contingency of Americans that would soon become known around the world as the Tea Party made front-page news. Angered by years of excessive government spending-taxpayer financed bailouts of businesses deemed too big to fail and taxpayer handouts to special interest groups-Americans of all ages and all walks of life took to the streets to take back their country. ...

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The tax protester manifesto, written by a leading organizer of the tea party protests

On April 15, 2009, a grassroots contingency of Americans that would soon become known around the world as the Tea Party made front-page news. Angered by years of excessive government spending-taxpayer financed bailouts of businesses deemed too big to fail and taxpayer handouts to special interest groups-Americans of all ages and all walks of life took to the streets to take back their country. A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes is their story, and it's your guide for contributing to the movement to rein in government spending. The book

  • Summarizes the Tea Party movement
  • Explains how the Tea Party protests were organized
  • Presents a call to action for continuing protests and describes how to best coordinate them

The debt resulting from today's reckless government spending will eventually result in massive tax hikes. A New American Tea Party shows how to focus your outrage into a productive movement that will make a positive difference.

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Editorial Reviews

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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"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."

“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470608692
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 718,175
  • File size: 2 MB

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.



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.


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.


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.


About the Author.


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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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