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A BRIEF, BUT USEFUL PROPOSED SUMMARY OF "TEA PARTY" MOVEMENT PRINCIPLES,
This review is from: The Tea Party Manifesto: A Vision for an American Rebirth (Paperback)
Joseph Farah (founder of an independent Internet-based news network) is also the author of books such as Taking America Back: A Radical Plan to Revive Freedom, Morality, and Justice, None of the Above: Why 2008 is the Year to Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote, Stop the Presses!, This Land Is Our Land: How to End the War on Private Property, etc.
He wrote in the Introduction to this 2010 book, "The tea party movement arose from the disaster of 2008 to give us hope for a better future. This book is about the promise of that movement. It is about how tea party activists can best frame their arguments for widespread acceptance and long-lasting results... it is an effort toward defining a simple, coherent, articulate visionary mission statement of broad appeal to Americans who are no longer content with the idea of leaving governance to politicians in Washington and state capitals." (Pg. 17)
Although he admits that "materalistic economic issues" were "the straw that broke the camel's back, and got so many individual activists into the streets," he suggests that those issues are "a symptom of the fundamental crises threatening America's very existence as a sovereign, free, vibrant, cohesive, self-governing nation-state." (Pg. 21)
He articulates two key principles: "we are accountable to a sovereign God who grants us unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and "the Constitution strictly limits the power of the federal government..." (Pg. 28) He acknowledges that there are some atheists among the Tea Party, but adds that "There were undoubtedly some atheists among America's founders. Nevertheless, they signed on to documents based on these two principles..." (Pg. 29)
He asserts that it often takes "strong medicine" to "cure" people of their flirtation with socialism, and asserts that "I believe that medicine... is named Barack Obama. Think about it." (Pg. 113)
An opinionated book, this is also a very clear presentation of the author's viewpoint, and will be of interest to conservatives, libertarians, some activists, and of course Tea Party members.