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Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto Hardcover – August 17, 2010
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“My friends Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe uniquely understand what this movement is really all about, where it’s going, and why it’s happening now. Give Us Liberty is a detailed recounting of both the philosophical evolution and historical development of the Tea Party. . . . If you find inspiration in these pages, know this: You must get involved. The incredible burden of responsibility put upon future generations by our Founding Fathers ultimately rests on your shoulders.” (Glenn Beck)
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This groundbreaking manifesto is essential reading for tea party activists—or any American seeking to understand what the Tea Party is fighting for and what's next for the movement
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe have been on the front lines of one of the fastest-growing and most influential political phenomena in recent memory: the Tea Party movement. As the leaders of the advocacy organization FreedomWorks, they have helped guide and give voice to hundreds of thousands of activists from across the country and have a strong vision for the future of this powerful grassroots uprising.
United by a strong belief in limited government and individual liberty, Tea Party members are changing the American political landscape. Unlike mainstream media accounts that observe the Tea Party movement from the outside looking in, Give Us Liberty chronicles the roots and rise of a new breed of taxpayer activism in the voices of those who were there. Discover the personalities that drove the first meetings, the unknown candidates whose principled stand earned them unlikely victories, the march that gathered more than a million activists, and the bedrock beliefs that brought them together.
In this national call to action, Armey and Kibbe provide an intimate history of the movement, explain how citizens can join the cause, and chart the future of the Tea Party—and America. Give Us Liberty also contains a battle-tested, step-by-step guide to organizing and effecting change in any community.
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Dick Armey has a long history in politics and explains the events clearly.
Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe draw on their academic expertise as economists and their practical experience from years inside the Republican leadership and outside it as activists and organizers. They succinctly describe the meltdown of the housing and financial markets through the lens of Austrian economics and the business cycle, detailing the serious misallocation of resources induced by poor policy and abetted by loose money from the Fed. The passage of the second TARP bill in 2008, against the wishes of a knowledgeable electorate that electronically stormed Congress in protest, represented a seizure and concentration of power intolerable to a free society, and gave birth to the Tea Party movement.
The Tea Party movement ties the American ethos of individualism and independence, with its concomitant understanding of the need for limited government and free markets, to the actual political process. Prior to the internet, rational ignorance prevailed: it was too costly for individuals to be aware of what legislators were doing, and the dispersed costs and concentrated benefits of some legislation were almost invisible to the average, isolated voter. The book describes how the internet and its "infinity of resources" has decreased opportunity costs for individuals to become informed about what legislators are up to, and to know the escalating costs of legislative bargains that favor the few. The Tea Partiers have arrived to dismantle this corrupt bargain.
The Tea Party threatens the establishment, Democrat and Republican alike. As the most powerful lobby, able to deliver the ballots of millions of concerned voters of all stripes, the Tea Party influences elections and creates accountability. Technology enables the hundreds of loosely affiliated chapters and millions of invested citizens to monitor the content of legislation, and the votes and words of their representatives. The Tea Party's equally intimidating moral authority derives from educated participants insisting that the principles that founded our nation be our legislators' guide to action, restoring liberty for all. As Armey and Kibbe like to point out, the Tea Party will be there not just November 2nd, but on November 3rd, and every day thereafter.
Give Us Liberty includes anecdotes of individuals who have become Tea Party leaders in their areas, examples of failures and successes, and an appendix that includes a guide to establishing local chapters of activists which can affiliate with Freedom Works and take advantage of the skills and knowledge accumulated over years of grassroots organizing. By including the stories and how-to advice, the book makes action accessible to everyone who shares the Tea Party principles of limited government, free markets and fiscal conservatism.
Ultimately, the Tea Party embodies an American cultural understanding of human nature: we're not perfect, but we share equal rights as individuals that precede government. The best social arrangement includes a government limited to protecting each from those who would infringe on another's rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. Armey and Kibbe put it clearly: the Tea Party insists that government be constrained such that "the universal condition of pursuing self-interest is severed from unlimited power." Tea Partiers understand that our lives are our own, and we are here to take them back.
A very interesting and quick read, this manifesto teaches the impact of grassroots activism as well as the power of the American people. I particularly enjoyed learning the variety of way activists became involved, their personal stories and how FreedomWorks stood beside them - even when others refused to.
Along with the stories of influential activists, this book inspires readers to "take America back" through constant parallels to our Founding Fathers. Throughout, Armey and Kibbe reflect on the principles of individual liberty, economic freedom and limited government. As the book reminds us, we've lost touch with those principles and it's time to remind not only each other - but those in Washington - that America is a country for the people, by the people. It is our responsibility to ensure that it stays that way.
"Give Us Liberty" is a must read - a book you won't put down and a narrative that will inspire you to take a stand and make a difference.
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a. The book does not make any real effort to explain Tea Party goals until chapter 4, and you can skip...Read more