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5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks Authoritatively to the Tea Party Platform - A Resource, February 14, 2012
This review is from: Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution (Hardcover)
For the Citizens of this great country to have the most positive impact, it will take Liberals and Conservatives alike to force change in the actions of our elected officials. Activists on both sides of the ideology can find plenty of common ground in this book. Simply stated, this book is a compelling argument for a return to self-governance. (Self-Governence: bringing decisions made by government as close to the people they affect as practical).

Regardless of your ideology, you will appreciate the well documented, unemotional, intellectually rich development of each chapter. It is a compelling and quick read. I have dog-eared many pages so I can go back and browse the many interesting links.

This book is not filled with an ego-centric belief that one person, organization or even large groups of people speak for the Tea Party Movement. Meckler and Martin are simply the ears and mouth of the many people they interact with. They have captured the thoughts of so many Americans and illustrated them eloquently in this book.

Chapter 6 is my favorite. "The Educational Tea Party". It is shocking to me that with the skyrocketing federal spending on education in our public schools, test scores have not increased in over 40 years. The graph is very compelling. The point that increased federal spending does not improve the learning taking place in our nations public schools is a great example of the underlying message of the Tea Party Movement. It speaks to the waste and inefficiency taking place at the federal level.

The book is rich with examples of why the Federal Government has reached far beyond what is practical in almost every area of our lives. The examples Meckler and Matin use are compelling and easy to remember.

This book is focused on educating those who are interested in perpetuating the success the United States of America has achieved in just two-and-a-third centuries of existence. The Second American Revolution WILL return our elected officials to the values that are responsible for that success. When the citizens hold our elected officials accountable to the Constitution, take them to task over irresponsible spending and demand free markets, the American way of life will continue to be THE example to be followed around the world.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2012 3:05:11 PM PST
Just wonder, if the focus is partially "government spending," is there ANY QUESTIONING of our spending on an escalating
military empire?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 5:40:13 PM PST
Guess you'll have to read the book, or was it you just wanted to be a cheap shot.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 9:35:18 AM PST
Talks about cheap shots. Jeesh, why have comments at all if you can't ask valid questions?
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