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The Tea Party Guide to Being a Real American: Arming Yourself against Godless Liberals, Dirty Socialists, and Sexy Ideas Paperback – November 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; Original edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402262698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402262692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Dear Founding Fathers,

I'm sorry.  We really messed up.  You guys worked so hard, pledging your sacred honor and all that to the cause of freedom.  You fought, thought, wrote, argued, compromised, designed, foresaw, sacrificed, hung in there, stuck to it until you'd done what you came together to do.  You found common ground and dug into it to build a strong foundation for America.  All this, you managed while wearing periwigs and painful shoes, as the teeth rotted in your wisdom-filled heads.  And what did we do?  Instead of using our best tools and materials and workers to complete the structure, we turned the deed over oligarchs and plutocrats and big corporations.  We sat around and watched TV and read the purple section of USA Today while USA Yesterday disappeared in a cloud of exhaust and a flurry of Facebook status updates.  We were distracted by every shiny object and new gadget and ad gimmick and gewgaw that paraded past our stupefied faces.  We got fat and lazy and slow.  In short, we sucked.

We still suck.  But as least we have this book, which can save us all, if only by reminding us that it's funny to suck as totally as we do.  We must laugh, or we'd all just go jump off a bridge.  Knowing us, we'd screw that up, too.


-Roland Boyle
aka The Tea Bastard

PS:  I wrote the book in Kansas, but also in English.  My deadline was way before a lot of recent events took place.  Herman Cain and Rick Perry were months from jumping into the presidential race.  The Occupy Wall Street protests had yet to hit the streets.  And Glenn Beck's new TV network was just a gleam in his teary eye.  It was a simpler, more innocent time.  I've tried to add some additional stuff for the Kindle version, but my publisher said, "Stop writing and start promoting."

By the way, the page count is not 272.  I don't know where that number came from.  It's 258, including an index that I tried to make as funny as an index can be.

I've now done several radio interviews to promote The Tea Party Guide, and one question everyone has is, "What's with all the sex in the book?"  I don't know.  I was raised by ministers in a small, conservative town where, if you so much as breathed a word about sex, they'd bleach your lungs.  Apparently I have some issues.  It's not a book to leave sitting around for the kids to pick up and peruse.  They'll be scarred for life.

But aren't we all?  Aren't we all just trying to heal ourselves?  And isn't laughter reputed to be, medicinally speaking, the best thing for that?  Laughter, and maybe some sex? OK then.

About the Author

Roland Boyle, known in impolite circles as the Tea Bastard, was born in the back seat of a bald eagle on the fourth of July in the middle of a firing range, raised by missionaries, and educated on the mean streets of Independence, Missouri. As the creator of teabastard.com, he crisscrossed the broad face of this great land, researching the new conservative movement, holding prayer meetings in public buildings, and drinking heavily. This book is the result.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dugcheesi on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Regardless of your political leanings, the humor contained within this book is undeniable. I found myself on a personal journey from joyful insight to personal animus. I am constantly overwhelmed by the creativity of others and this book does not disappoint. Mark Twain said that laughter is our best weapon. There is no doubt that Roland Boyle is armed to the teeth. I can only imagine the profound revelations that would come from a personal `Beer Summit' with the author. I look forward to the next installation of his political musings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sotto voce on March 21, 2012
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Armed now by Mr. Boyle's crafty and witty guide, I will am prepared to face the "Wrongs" and attempt an intervention that will turn 'em into "Rights".
This book should be right up Stephen Colbert's alley, with his "I Am America (and so can you)". I would like to an interview Mr. Boyle. This was my first Boyle book and hope there will be more in similar vein. Parody is a great way to make points with humor.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Wagner on November 5, 2011
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The book kept mentioning the great Tea party states, but left out Indiana. Check the index... No Indiana... We are talking about a state ruled by the KKK until the head sheet bit his girlfriend to death, a place where mayors would rather go to prayer meetings with rednecks than attend the funeral of a former city council member who had been Citizen of the Year, a place where candidate presentations are moderated by the Tea Party. This is the state that plans to take away all worker rights with a "right to work" law in 2012.
Being funny is not easy. Boyle pulled it off and not.
It is easy to be angry or vindictive, but funny has its own nuance.
Many points are brought forward in a manner that would be boring in nonfiction and he may actually edify certain readers put off by more serious publications.
There is a lot of chicanery afoot and this book may get a few citizens to turn on their radar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd R. Bryant Sr. on September 3, 2012
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Why would good and decent people oppose health-care for all Americans, a clean environment and a safety net for the poor? This is the most important question of our time because I believe it identifies the starting point for any and all discussion regarding the Tea Party Movement.
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