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Posted December 14, 2009
Tea Party Revival is the book to read if you're concerned about unfettered government spending. Dr. Baker details a number of big spending federal government programs and provides facts and figures to explain why they aren't constitutional and why they are out of control.
Whether you're pro or against the current administration, most of us can agree that government spending and the deficit are way out of control. The deficit is growing by leaps and bounds and Dr. Baker urges fiscal responsibility before it grows any larger.
When our country was still in its infancy, our forefathers gave the federal government limited power. It defined the functions of the three parts of our federal government and it gave those three parts of government certain powers. If a power does not fall within these guidelines, the federal government has no rights over it according to the tenth Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." In real English, if a power isn't stated in the Constitution, then the power belongs to the states or to the people not to the federal government of the United States.
The federal government has been slowly taking over the rights and responsibilites of the states and people for hundreds of years. Do you recall the story about the frog and the boiling water? If you drop a frog into boiling water, he'll jump out quickly. If you put the frog in lukewarm water and heat it slowly to boiling, he'll stay there and die because the change is so slow. Americans are much like this frog. We'd notice if a huge change to take away our freedoms happened but because it happens very slowly, most of us don't notice or care to notice.
The Tea Party Revival will open your eyes to unconstrained spending and growth of the federal government. Not only will Tea Party Revival detail each federal spending program, but it has a section that includes our Constitution and the articles and amendments to it for those that need to brush up.
Posted December 7, 2009
The Tea Party movement has been in the news for some time now, but what exactly is the Tea Party movement and who is involved? Their purpose has been so distorted by the news media, that it is interesting to finally read what seems to be an accurate account of this movement and its purpose.
The author describes the movement as fiscal conservatives who believe in constitutional compliance, smaller Federal government, state's rights, less spending, lower taxes, and individual rights, responsibility, and integrity. As our country hemorrhages money, it is difficult to argue with these very basic requests. The author discusses why the checks and balances in the U.S. Government are important and how they have stopped working. The book also lists some of the Federal departments that are unconstitutional and why they should be eliminated. The last part of the book is a copy of the United States Constitution.
The book is informative and well thought out. It has captured the essentials of this new grassroots movement that has caused such uproar with our politicians. My only criticism of the book is with the first page in which author lists twelve specific changes in the government that the tea party revival requests. The book clearly states that the Tea Party movement is not an organized political party, so there cannot be an agreed upon specific list of demands. The movement is just Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and even non-political Americans who want a fiscally conservative government and the ability to keep more of the money they earn.