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Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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About the Author
Kate Zernike is a national correspondent for The New York Times and was a member of the team that shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. She has covered education, Congress, and four national elections for the Times and was previously a reporter for The Boston Globe. She lives with her family outside New York City.
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Zernike emphasizes people who had usually not been politically active previously but were distressed by what they saw happening around them. Keli Carender, for example, came out of liberal household in Seattle to become a spark plug in the movement. Zernike also profiles Diana Reimer from a suburb of Philadelphia who had a mortgage under water and had been stretched economically to the point where the middle class lifestyle she expected was at risk. There are many other ordinary Americans mentioned in this book and what we see to the last one is that they are not crazed racists, radicals, or right wing nutcases. They were reacting, and to some extend continue to react to a set of issues that they see crippling them personally and society as a whole. The result was an emotional and almost primal opposition to what they saw as the status quo.Read more ›
In a sense, the Tea Party is (or was? I am uncertain whether or not to use the past tense) as federalized as it would like to see the United States. It has its origins in Seattle, Chicago, Boston and wherever else a group of neighbors decided to gather and discuss how they would subvert federal spending, health care, and the Republican Party status quo, etc. The Tea Party focuses primarily on economic issues: supporters fervently oppose illegal immigration, they seek the repealing of the health care law, they are infuriated by what they see as reckless federal spending and an ever increasing and looming budget deficit and national debt. Most are in favor of the free market, which they see as 100% American. Many tea partiers get their inspiration from Bastait, Hayek, von Mises, and Ayn Rand; one tea partier argued that (I quote from memory) "we all know that Keyensian economics has been proved wrong. It wasn't FDR's New Deal policies that saved the economy from the Great Depression, it was WWII." (This shows the extent of many a tea partiers' "reasearch".Read more ›
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For two bucks this must be a popular read. I bet the extreme lefties love because they love the diatribe for a fellow, lying, racist lefty. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by P. M Palmer
Great book to read if you want to become informed on how the tea party movement came about. Great book for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike.Published on August 10, 2013 by Prince
Sadly, I have not read this book but I did buy it for a liberal looney co-worker and she said that it is full of crap....This tells me that the book would be a good read for me. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by LARRY
I bought this book for a friend who is an avid Democrat. I thought that they would find it informative. They refuse to read it.Published on February 13, 2012 by J. Hack
The book rambles on with profiles of people from different parts of the country (none of whom are terribly interesting) and from time to time, almost as an afterthought, tosses in... Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Jason Jones
The Billionaire's Tea Party should be the title and it is born of the Kochs Libertarian party who have their own think tanks and have even went so far as buying a couple of... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Kevin Cody
This book is very entertaining and is educational for those of us new to politics. I've learned more from this book than I could watching the news for a year. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Girl Next Door