The Tea Party: Three Principles

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In The Tea Party: Three Principles, constitutional law professor Elizabeth Price Foley takes on the mainstream media's characterization of the American Tea Party movement, asserting that it has been distorted in a way that prevents meaningful political dialogue and may even be dangerous for America's future. Foley sees the Tea Party as a movement of principles over politics. She identifies three “core principles” of American constitutional law that bind the decentralized, wide-ranging movement: limited ...
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Overview

In The Tea Party: Three Principles, constitutional law professor Elizabeth Price Foley takes on the mainstream media's characterization of the American Tea Party movement, asserting that it has been distorted in a way that prevents meaningful political dialogue and may even be dangerous for America's future. Foley sees the Tea Party as a movement of principles over politics. She identifies three “core principles” of American constitutional law that bind the decentralized, wide-ranging movement: limited government, unapologetic U.S. sovereignty, and constitutional originalism. These three principles, Foley explains, both define the Tea Party movement and predict its effect on the American political landscape. Foley explains the three principles' significance to the American founding and constitutional structure. She then connects the principles to current issues as health care reform, illegal immigration, the war on terror, and internationalism.
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“Lambasted by the left and maligned by the media, the Tea Party may be the political phenomenon of the decade. No one has captured the energy and essence of this vital movement better than Elizabeth Price Foley. She combines scholarship and lucid writing with a profound respect – embraced by the Tea Party – for the U.S. Constitution as it was originally crafted to secure individual liberty and restrain government power. While I might quarrel with Professor Foley’s enthusiasm for America’s muscular global role, her intellectual defense of the Tea Party and her application of its credo to urgent and controversial issues have produced a powerful, provocative, and timely book, which I highly recommend.” – Robert A. Levy, Chairman, Cato Institute

“Elizabeth Price Foley has produced an interesting and important work on the constitutional basis for the agenda of the Tea Party movement.… I do believe anyone interested in understanding how the growth of the welfare-regulatory state violates the constitution and threatens liberty can benefit from reading this book.” – Ron Paul, United States Congressman (R-TX)

“Elizabeth Price Foley’s The Tea Party is a clear and straightforward explication of what the Tea Party Movement is all about, and is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the current political climate. With this slim, provocative volume, Foley once again demonstrates why she is one of constitutional law’s rising stars.”– Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

“At last, someone conversant with the large issues now roiling contemporary American politics has taken the Tea Party seriously and concluded that it is intellectually substantial and politically constructive. Elizabeth Price Foley, one of today’s most stimulating writers on constitutional law, finds much to admire in the Tea Party’s coherent braiding of three themes – limited government, constitutional originalism, and an unapologetic defense of U.S. sovereignty.” – George F. Will

Library Journal
Constitutional scholar Foley (Florida International Univ. Coll. of Law; Liberty for All: Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality) here offers her view on the philosophical underpinnings of the Tea Party movement. Conveniently, these adhere closely to the strict method of constitutional interpretation where her expertise lies. The book is thus less centered on the movement itself than on the three principles that are her focus: limited government, unabashed American sovereignty, and constitutional originalism (the belief that the application of the Constitution to judicial matters should follow the intentions of the Founding Fathers as closely as possible). The book reads mostly as an introduction to these intellectual positions, discussing decisions from the courts that over time have led us astray, according to Foley, from our founding documents—all well and good, but the connections of these principles to a movement as broad and scattered as the Tea Party is left underdeveloped. VERDICT This book will appeal to conservative and/or libertarian readers seeking firm grounding for the sentiments awakened by the Tea Party. Look to Ronald P. Formisano's The Tea Party: A Brief History, below, for a more historical overview of the movement.—Brett Rohlwing, Washington Park Branch, Milwaukee P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107011359
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 544,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Price Foley is a professor of constitutional law at Florida International University College of Law, where she was a member of the founding faculty. A self-professed 'recovering liberal', she spent several years on Capitol Hill, as a senior legislative aide to two Democratic US Congressmen. She is Executive Director, Florida Chapter, of the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm that litigates constitutional liberty claims. She is the author of Liberty for All: Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality (2006), The Law of Life and Death (2011), and The Tea Party: Three Principles (February 2012).
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Table of Contents

1. Genesis; 2. Limited government; 3. US sovereignty; 4. Constitutional originalism; 5. Looking forward.
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