Tea Party Patriots:
The Second American Revolution,
by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
This book defines the Tea Party from the perspective of grassroots organizers. The two authors are leaders of the grassroots organization "Tea Party Patriots," which is also the book's title. The authorship differentiates this book from the others in our series defining the Tea Party:
This book outlines "The 40-Year Plan," (described on p. 203), for which the Tea Party Patriots' website is dedicated to filling in the details by grassroots contribution of ideas. This book outlines the framework for the 40-Year Plan, and the website provides an interactive forum for members to discuss and finalize the details. The outline of the plan matches the table of contents of the book; the book has one chapter dedicated to each of five "pathways" plus another chapter dedicated to explaining its background:
In addition, the book describes how the authors got started in the Tea Party movement, and offers plenty in the way of defining the Tea Party's issue stances. Their purpose in writing the book, as excerpted from the introduction (pp. 11-3) follows:
The Five Pathways to Liberty
- The Economic Pathway to Liberty
- The Political Pathway to Liberty
- The Educational Pathway to Liberty
- The Judicial Pathway to Liberty
- The Cultural Pathway to Liberty
This book is a personal perspective from two of the founders of the grassroots Tea Party movement. It doesn't offer much in the way of "big picture" or academic perspective, but it does counter the false idea that the Tea Party has no grassroots. A must-read for those interested in understanding the Tea Party, or for those interested in participating.
Jenny Beth and I are writing this book for a number of reasons. First, we think it's important for people to know how the Tea Party movement came into being. Second, people need to know what the Tea Party movement is, and what is isn't. Third, we want everyone to know that Tea Party Patriots has a plan to restore America to its prior greatness.
-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, March 2013
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Barack Obama: OpEd: Stimulus bill derisively called "porkulus".
George W. Bush: OpEd: 2008 bailouts gave rise to Tea Party.
Tea Party: Against Bush's bailout bill & against Obama's stimulus bill.
Tea Party: Act of cowardice by lawmakers to inflict generational harm.
Tea Party: OpEd: Congress waives PAYGO even when slightly inconvenient.
Tea Party: Fiscal responsibility applies to both Democrats & GOP.
Tea Party: Taxation & regulation replaces wisdom of the market.
Tea Party: Fed's job has been to print money; that drives up inflation.
Tea Party: Audit the fed: Congressional oversight needed.
Tea Party: Corporate tax rate worldwide declining, except in US.
Barack Obama: Opposes D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Charlie Crist: School choice gives kids the best chance for success.
Nancy Pelosi: Vouchers are an ideological scheme to privatize schools.
Tea Party: Vouchers give students and parents the power of choice.
Tea Party: Shut down failing schools; end collective bargaining.
Tea Party: Vouchers work: Schools either get better, or they close.
Energy & Oil|
Heritage Foundation: When it comes to energy policy, the free market works.
Sandra Day O`Connor: Kelo hangs specter of condemnation over all property.
Tea Party: Truth, justice, and American way are needed worldwide.
Elena Kagan: Judges should advance democracy, human rights, & rule of law.
Heritage Foundation: Tort liability costs almost $1,000 for every US citizen.
James Inhofe: Earmarks protect national security.
Mitch McConnell: Clear message against earmarks, but they're still useful.
Tea Party: Government jobs (takers) replacing manufacturing (makers).
Tea Party: Return to original four federal Departments.
Tea Party: Earmarking is an odious practice, even if only a few billion.
Tea Party: Interstate compacts are preferable to federal action.
Tea Party: 2005 Kelo case revises the Fifth Amendment.
Tea Party: The Repeal Amendment: 2/3 of states to overrule federal laws.
Tea Party: Rise up against takeover of banks, cars, & health insurance.
Tea Party: Replace ObamaCare with healthcare interstate compacts.
Tea Party: Tort reform needed to avoid costs of "Defensive Medicine".
Principles & Values|
Ayn Rand: Art communicates moral ideas instead of just theory.
Ronald Reagan: If not us, who? And if not now, when?
Ronald Reagan: Eleventh Commandment: Don't speak ill of political allies.
Ronald Reagan: 1950s America was a different America; America is freedom.
Tea Party: Tea Party Patriots organized after Rick Santelli rant.
Tea Party: We, the people, feel threatened as our nation slips away.
Tea Party: Tea Partiers took action and made it up as we went along.
Tea Party: GOP is lesser of 2 evils: eternal vigilance on both parties.
Tea Party: Movement strategy: Prod, Pressure, and Primary.
Tea Party: Younger Americans might give up receiving Social Security.
Tea Party: FairTax & flat tax: on consumption instead of production.
Tea Party: Open-source community grew to 1.2 million in 2 months.
The above quotations are from Tea Party Patriots:
The Second American Revolution,
by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin.
Books about the Tea Party Movement:
- America the Beautiful, by Dr. Ben Carson, 2012
- The Second American Revolution, by the Tea Party Patriots, 2012
- The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol & Vanessa Williamson, 2012
- An American Son, by Marco Rubio, 2012
- The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, 2012
- The Tea Party: A Brief History, by Ronald Formisano, 2012
- Michele Bachmann: Why She Will Win, by Ron Paul Jones, 2011
- Core of Conviction, by Rep. Michele Bachmann, 2011
- Take the Risk, by Dr. Ben Carson, 2007
- The FairTax Book, by Rep. John Linder, 2006
- Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, by Rep. Dick Armey
- Troublemaker, by Christine O`Donnell
- The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Sen. Rand Paul
- The Freedom Agenda, by Sen. Mike Lee
- Now Or Never, by Sen. Jim DeMint
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