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A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes Hardcover – January 12, 2010

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What has driven hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets in protest since late February, 2009? A cry of "enough" government expansion and interference and reassertion of individual liberty: a first principle that became a rallying cry behind a movement. A New American Tea Party presents the voices behind the growing discontent among every day citizens with increased government taxation, spending, and intervention.

Author John M. O'Hara - a rising star in the conservative/libertarian movement - played an integral role in starting the first modern day tea party in February of 2008, an effort that sparked off a nation wide movement. On tax day in April 2009, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in more than 800 cities to voice their opposition to out of control spending at all levels of government. In August, citizens in every state of the union made their voices heard at congressional town hall meetings. On September 12, 2009 over half a million people marched on the U.S. Capitol.

A New American Tea Party explains how these protests evolved and were organized, and distills the results-including the often bizarre media backlashes-of the movement, the philosophy behind the movement, and the road ahead. Written by one of the leading organizers behind the protests, this book shows you how the costs of bailouts and other excessive government interference today is philosophically incompatible with the founding principles of our nation and simply unsustainable for future generations.

  • Skillfully lays out the case against excessive government interference and why the tea party movement is necessary and significant
  • Written by one of the top organizers and leaders of the tea party movement
  • Offers a look into current and future policy battles and how the movement will grow in response

If you're concerned with the growth of government, the state of the union we will pass on to the next generation, and you want to see a roadmap for a better way forward, then you need to read A New American Tea Party.

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There are three intrinsically linked goals of any tea party protest, rally, or march:

1) Press – If a protestor screams at the Capitol and nobody’s there to hear it, did it happen? No. While you won’t always get the “mainstream media” there in full force, even a couple bloggers with smart phones can make a big difference in terms of documenting what happened and getting the word out afterwards. Bring your own camera and video camera. That said, plan for the best-case scenario. Make the timing and location appropriate to the news cycle.

2) Solidarity – Whether you get 10 people in front of your town hall or 100,000 in front of the U.S. Capitol, for both the people present and those driving by or watching on television, you are showing solidarity behind your cause.

3) Pressure - Rallies for rallies sake are not the end goal. They are tools towards the end of changing public policy. With a sitting legislature, elected officials must be motivated. Press coverage of engaged constituents goes a long way towards that end. Consider these three related goals for any tea party event.

Here’s an outline of what you’ll need to do to accomplish these goals and make your event a success:

1) Form a Coalition – whether your planning a march on Washington or your state capitol, consider adopting a big tent philosophy. Organizational buy-in from other like-minded groups will increase exponentially the people planning and attending your event. Do this before picking a date and time. You’ll avoid conflict and maximize opportunities for collaboration.

2) Pick a Time, Date, and Location – First, what is the end goal? To pressure a state senator on a tax hike? Remember press, solidarity, and pressure are your intrinsically linked goals. If you pick the state capitol, make sure the legislature is in session, and considering the issue you are concerned with. If the event is to be outside, what is the weather forecast? Make sure you have appropriate permits lined up and any insurance for staging, A/V, et cetera. Most rally target areas, like legislative buildings, have restrictions on how large a crowd you can have, what you can have on the ground, how your equipment is powered, et cetera.

3) Alert your base – use the phone, Facebook, Twitter, MeetUp, email lists, websites. Set up an event on Facebook people can forward. Set up an event for sign painting the day before. You can even create a “volunteer corps” group to draft extra hands to help on game day.

4) Alert the press – Draft a simple press release with the “who, what, where, when, why” of your event with the phone number and email of a dedicated volunteer to handle press. Send it out to your local area press. Organizations you may partner with may subscribe to services that can target specific national, state, or local media. Consider asking your local radio talk show host if you can go on the air and speak briefly about the event.

5) Staging & Signage – Depending on what resources you have, you’ll want to consider having a stage and some basic A/V equipment. Many times you can find companies that rent this equipment very frequently. They may even be tea party folks themselves and willing to donate some of their time or equipment to the cause.

6) Speakers – Decide who will speak. Start with one person from your organization, and one from each coalition group. From there pick a couple enthusiastic volunteers and maybe a local talk radio host. People tend to gather at events early. Consider offering some entertainment, like a musical performance beforehand.

7) Transportation – Depending on where you are holding your event,. Consider setting up carpools. You can post schedules and contact information on your website and Facebook event pages.

8) Sign-in Sheet – You can expect a good deal of word of mouth / foot traffic for your event. Have a couple volunteers circulate sign-up sheets for your email list. People at your event are motivated – keep them in the loop on your future action items and events.

9) Action Item - Make sure at least one speaker, ideally near the end of the event, announces an “action item” for attendees. It can be to tell their friends to sign up for your group online and stay tuned for the next event, or to call their elected officials about particular issue. One thing I like is when event organizers put elected officials’ numbers up on a large screen or read it out to everyone to save and call.

10) Follow up – Follow-up with attendees with an email “thank you,” reiterate the action item, and direct them to the website where pictures and videos will be posted. Encourage them to forward the information to a friend, co-worker, or family member, and to submit their own photos and videos.

From 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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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470567988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470567982
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
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John M. O'Hara is the author of A New American Tea Party, a book chronicling the history and principles of the tea party movement. He is vice president of external relations at the Illinois Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to supporting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois. Before joining IPI, O'Hara worked as the assistant director of communications at The Heartland Institute. Previously, he served as a political appointee under U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in the administration of George W. Bush. Prior to that, O'Hara was a Collegiate Network journalism fellow at The American Spectator. He has been active in political campaigns at the state and federal level, including one presidential campaign.

O'Hara is contributor to BigGovernment.com and The Daily Caller. He has appeared as a commentator on a number of local and national radio and television programs including The Dennis Miller Show, Mancow, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Savage Nation, Milt Rosenberg's Extension 720, Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto, America's Newsroom, Strategy Room, and Fox & Friends, Fox Business Network's Happy Hour and Cavuto, as well as MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews

He graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Philosophy and a concentration in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies. He studied ancient philosophy and ethics at King's College, University of London and he was managing editor of The Kenyon Observer.

Contact John at WriteOHara@gmail.com.

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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dr B Leland Baker on January 20, 2010
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Ch 1: The Tea Parties - Discusses behind the scenes events that resulted in the large tea party protests on April 15th 2009.
Ch 2: How We Got Here Abandoning Principles and the People - Discusses lessons from Ronald Reagan, disappointments of Bush, the 1994 Almost-Revolution, and disappointments of the George W. Bush Big-Government administration, and the 2008 election of Obama.
Ch 3: The Whistling Teapot, The Financial Crisis, and the Bailout Nation - Discusses Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) as well as bailouts and corporate welfare.
Ch 4: The Political Class Reacts - Identifies ignorance of the political class and the misguided attempts of DHS to tag "Right Wing Extremism" as anti-government behavior that could include tea partiers. It also covers out-of-touch Nancy Pelosi references to an astro-turf movement.
Ch 5: The Media Strikes Back - Interesting observations of the Media Blackout followed by misinformation and sexual slurs (e.g. Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, and Keith Olbermann shows); reviews the absurdly racist accusations of Janeane Garofalo as well.
Ch 6: Radical Ideas: fiscal responsibility, individual liberty versus stimulus fraud and mythical job numbers - concludes with violations of the Constitution
Ch 7: Radical Tactics - Discussion on Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, ACORN, Unions, SEIU, and a culture of corruption. Correctly identifies that Tea Partiers are against bailouts and handouts.
Ch 8: The Teapot Boils over Healthcare, Takes Center Stage - Discusses town hall reactions to a "fishy" plan supported by White House Spin.
Ch 9: The Tea Party Manifesto - Emphasis on fiscal responsibility and limited government
Ch 10: Rules for Counter-radicals ... Asks why should we reward bad behavior.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. McCann on April 22, 2010
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It's disheartening to see that some reviewers cannot think beyond the paradigm of Republican vs. Democrat, right vs. left. This book accurately chronicles the generic and humble beginnings of the tea party movement demonstrating once and for all the supposed Astroturf ringleaders are real Americans with real concerns who finally came together to confront the gross expansions of government. This isn't about party politics. This isn't a front, a show, or some GOP or Fox conspiracy. As A New American Tea Party demonstrates, this tea party movement is about the philosophical underpinnings of freedom and the role of government and the participants are diverse and amorphous. The tea party attendees, and readers and reviewers, know that government growth didn't happen overnight. There was a departure from limited government when Republicans were in control that continued on through the beginning of the Obama Administration. The anger from the tea party movement is directed at both parties who have an equal hand in our current mess. John O'Hara thoughtfully explores the multitude of policy debates that triggered lighting fast and organic activism from people who had never participated in the political process or attended a rally. These newfound activists came together and voiced concerns in a variety of areas but held the common belief that one must protest the excessive government expansion into our lives or risk our most treasured and basic liberties. A perfect storm of events. This book helps paint a clear picture of the contributing factors that led to this surprising revolution of the masses. Don't dismiss the book because you don't agree with the philosophical beliefs shared by the movement.Read more ›
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I won't review this book. John O'Hara's The New American Tea Party does not need to be reviewed, it needs to be edited. It needs to be edited and it needs to be reprinted. Immediately.

Forget for a moment the book's abundance of self-aggrandizing references (apparently O'Hara was one of the founders of the Tea Party movement). Move past the partisan comments about liberal and progressive ideology. Instead, simply bask in the glow of all the egregious mistakes, by which I mean not just spelling errors but serious errors of fact, misrepresentations and omissions with which the piece is rife. It's amazing that Wiley published this. Cited references either contradict the author or don't exist; major players in the Tea Party movement are practically ignored; the author's own writing contradicts itself from one chapter to the next.

The error that really caught my eye, the one that would get any reporter's heart all twitter-pated, is on pg. 52. This incandescent, priceless gem reads like an editor's nightmare (or a reviewer's dream). O'Hara quotes Garofalo as saying of FOX News, "[T]hat's why Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch started this venture, is to disinform [sic] and to coarsen and dumb down a certain segment of the electorate." No, that [sic] should not be there, but it's in the text. At this point O'Hara perpetrates truly heinous crimes against publishing:
"Well, isn't that calling the kettle black, as Garofolo [sic] and Olbermann foster anti-intellectualism and pseudo-science? Of course 'disinform' is not a real word. Ironic that Garofalo would make such a blunder while ranting about conservatives' lack of intellectual prowess. We'll give her a bye this time."
First of all, he spells Garofalo's name two different ways within three sentences.
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