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"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

"Lambasted by the left, 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 Prof. 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

“By elevating principle above party, the Tea Party has already changed the face of American politics. In this marvelous book, Elizabeth Price Foley clearly identifies and defends the three basic principles that unite the Tea Party movement, all stemming from its commitment to our written Constitution. Politicos beware; the party has just begun.”– Randy E. Barnett, Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown Law Center, and author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (2005)

"[Foley is one of the] champions of the Tea Party . . . [She] describes a movement driven by 'constitutional principles.' These include 'limited government, US sovereignty and constitutional originalism.' She adds that these principles are distinct from 'the social conservatism that has dominated the conservative movement for the last thirty years' and that Tea Partiers are at best lukewarm in their attitudes toward issues like abortion or gay marriage.' - Sam Tanenhaus, New York Review of Books


"Foley lays out in exacting terms the core philosophy that underpins the movement. Foley writes like a lawyer, and the book reads like a well-constructed brief, which is not a criticism. So much nonsense has been written about tea party philosophy that a structured treatise that gets to the heart of the matter is more than welcome. . . . [H]ighly enjoyable reading." - John Bicknell, Roll Call

"[E]rudite but not too weedy. There is enough meat on the bones to make it both interesting and intellectually gratifying while never being too hard a read.... [I]f you are a Tea Partier or interested in the movement, this legal explanation of the ideas that drive the movement should be most welcome." - Marty Dodge, Blogcritics.org

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In The Tea Party: Three Principles, Elizabeth Price Foley asserts that the mainstream media's characterization of the American Tea Party movement is distorted. Foley sees the decentralized, wide-ranging group as a movement bound by allegiance to three "core principles" of American constitutional law: limited government, unapologetic U.S. sovereignty, and constitutional originalism. She explains how these principles predict the Tea Party's impact on the American political landscape, connecting them to current issues, such as health care reform, illegal immigration, the war on terror, and internationalism.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107011353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107011359
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Price Foley is Professor of Law at Florida International University (FIU) College of Law (www.fiu.edu/law), a public law school located in Miami, Florida, where she teaches constitutional law, health care law and bioethics, and civil procedure. She writes about constitutional law and the intersection of constitutional law with health care law/bioethics.

Foley is a self-described "recovering liberal" turned classical liberal/libertarian. She is passionate about educating Americans--not just law students--about the Constitution, its original meaning, and the importance of preserving its structure and principles.

Foley lives in Key Largo, FL, with her husband, daughter, and a dog named Thomas Jefferson. Her personal webpage can be found at www.elizabethpricefoley.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lexington Green on December 10, 2012
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Elizabeth Foley's book provides a Constitutional lawyer and professors angle on what the Tea Party is about. Her three principles -- limited government, U.S. sovereignty, and constitutional originalism-- are not exactly the same as the Tea Party Patriots three - Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Market Economics. Nonetheless, her principles are good ones and certainly overlap with the core beliefs of most self-identified Tea Party members and supporters. Her book is clear and understandable by the non-lawyer, and is a valuable one-stop education in the legal and Constitutional basis for much of what the Tea Party believes in. For any supporter of the Tea Party, or believer in the need for basic reform of our failed political order, this book provides solid intellectual food. Highly recommended. And if you get a chance to hear Prof. Foley speak, be sure to do so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jube on August 6, 2013
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A fair assessment of the Tea Party unlike most books on the subject. Most books are written by people unassociated with the Tea Party, and unfortunately, they have no idea what they're are talking about. Foley actually investigated her subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Dissette on January 7, 2014
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Ms. Foley has accurately and clearly articulated exactly what the Tea Party is all about. This is an excellent, non confrontational book to give to anyone that is open minded and curious about who these people are that have come on the scene. Excellent book!
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27 of 39 people found the following review helpful By K. Kilpatrick on March 2, 2012
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I just finished "The Tea Party: Three Principles" by Elizabeth Price Foley. Foley is a constitutional law professor at Florida International University and examines what she has identified as the core principles of the Tea Party: Limited Government, U.S. Sovereignty, and Constitutional Originalism. In doing so, Foley gives both sides or justifications for passing or repealing the US National Healthcare Act or "Obamacare". Foley also covers how 'globalists' (progressives who want the United States to become like Europe and kowtow to the United Nations) have eroded Supreme Court decisions, specifically under the administration of Barack Obama - and compared his administration's actions to previous Presidents Bush, Clinton and Reagan. The conclusion is that our nation and our Constitution are under attack - by the left and by our own fellow citizens; that our unique way of life is under pressure to become more European and less independent; and that this has been happening, little by little, for the last 50 years. It's actually very unnerving. I was not a supporter of the Tea Party before reading this book. Yet the common sense identified by Foley can't be missed by anyone with a brain.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prairie woman on June 22, 2012
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I first heard about this book when I watched CSPAN awhile ago and Elizabeth Price Foley was being interviewed. As I listened to her describe her knowledge of the TEA Party and her experiences in getting to know the people involved I was glad that I was able to find the book. The author is a Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law and writes with knowledge and great passion about the Constitution and what it represents to Americans and especially the TEA Party movement. The book is divided into chapters that outline and explain the three principles of constitutional law that unite the TEA party organization which are limited government, U.S. sovereignty, and constitutional originalism. In each chapter there are examples of previous Supreme Court cases that represent these principles. There is discussion of bodies such as the European Union and how it is organized and also the United Nations and how that organization influences international laws and treaties. This is a small book--about 230 pages but there is a lot of information packed into it. This book should be read by those who want to know more about the TEA Party movement and what they stand for and also to gain more knowledge about the document, the U.S. Constitution, that we all take for granted and that by some is considered outdated!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Krieger on June 21, 2014
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This book is somewhat dated, in that it is pre-2012, but it well captures and explains the three key principles of the Tea Parties.
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