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A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes 1st Edition

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What has driven hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets in protest since late February, 2009? A cry of "enough" government expansion and interference and reassertion of individual liberty: a first principle that became a rallying cry behind a movement. A New American Tea Party presents the voices behind the growing discontent among every day citizens with increased government taxation, spending, and intervention.

Author John M. O'Hara - a rising star in the conservative/libertarian movement - played an integral role in starting the first modern day tea party in February of 2008, an effort that sparked off a nation wide movement. On tax day in April 2009, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in more than 800 cities to voice their opposition to out of control spending at all levels of government. In August, citizens in every state of the union made their voices heard at congressional town hall meetings. On September 12, 2009 over half a million people marched on the U.S. Capitol.

A New American Tea Party explains how these protests evolved and were organized, and distills the results-including the often bizarre media backlashes-of the movement, the philosophy behind the movement, and the road ahead. Written by one of the leading organizers behind the protests, this book shows you how the costs of bailouts and other excessive government interference today is philosophically incompatible with the founding principles of our nation and simply unsustainable for future generations.

  • Skillfully lays out the case against excessive government interference and why the tea party movement is necessary and significant
  • Written by one of the top organizers and leaders of the tea party movement
  • Offers a look into current and future policy battles and how the movement will grow in response

If you're concerned with the growth of government, the state of the union we will pass on to the next generation, and you want to see a roadmap for a better way forward, then you need to read A New American Tea Party.

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Goals
There are three intrinsically linked goals of any tea party protest, rally, or march:

1) Press – If a protestor screams at the Capitol and nobody’s there to hear it, did it happen? No. While you won’t always get the “mainstream media” there in full force, even a couple bloggers with smart phones can make a big difference in terms of documenting what happened and getting the word out afterwards. Bring your own camera and video camera. That said, plan for the best-case scenario. Make the timing and location appropriate to the news cycle.

2) Solidarity – Whether you get 10 people in front of your town hall or 100,000 in front of the U.S. Capitol, for both the people present and those driving by or watching on television, you are showing solidarity behind your cause.

3) Pressure - Rallies for rallies sake are not the end goal. They are tools towards the end of changing public policy. With a sitting legislature, elected officials must be motivated. Press coverage of engaged constituents goes a long way towards that end. Consider these three related goals for any tea party event.


Steps
Here’s an outline of what you’ll need to do to accomplish these goals and make your event a success:

1) Form a Coalition – whether your planning a march on Washington or your state capitol, consider adopting a big tent philosophy. Organizational buy-in from other like-minded groups will increase exponentially the people planning and attending your event. Do this before picking a date and time. You’ll avoid conflict and maximize opportunities for collaboration.

2) Pick a Time, Date, and Location – First, what is the end goal? To pressure a state senator on a tax hike? Remember press, solidarity, and pressure are your intrinsically linked goals. If you pick the state capitol, make sure the legislature is in session, and considering the issue you are concerned with. If the event is to be outside, what is the weather forecast? Make sure you have appropriate permits lined up and any insurance for staging, A/V, et cetera. Most rally target areas, like legislative buildings, have restrictions on how large a crowd you can have, what you can have on the ground, how your equipment is powered, et cetera.

3) Alert your base – use the phone, Facebook, Twitter, MeetUp, email lists, websites. Set up an event on Facebook people can forward. Set up an event for sign painting the day before. You can even create a “volunteer corps” group to draft extra hands to help on game day.

4) Alert the press – Draft a simple press release with the “who, what, where, when, why” of your event with the phone number and email of a dedicated volunteer to handle press. Send it out to your local area press. Organizations you may partner with may subscribe to services that can target specific national, state, or local media. Consider asking your local radio talk show host if you can go on the air and speak briefly about the event.

5) Staging & Signage – Depending on what resources you have, you’ll want to consider having a stage and some basic A/V equipment. Many times you can find companies that rent this equipment very frequently. They may even be tea party folks themselves and willing to donate some of their time or equipment to the cause.

6) Speakers – Decide who will speak. Start with one person from your organization, and one from each coalition group. From there pick a couple enthusiastic volunteers and maybe a local talk radio host. People tend to gather at events early. Consider offering some entertainment, like a musical performance beforehand.

7) Transportation – Depending on where you are holding your event,. Consider setting up carpools. You can post schedules and contact information on your website and Facebook event pages.

8) Sign-in Sheet – You can expect a good deal of word of mouth / foot traffic for your event. Have a couple volunteers circulate sign-up sheets for your email list. People at your event are motivated – keep them in the loop on your future action items and events.

9) Action Item - Make sure at least one speaker, ideally near the end of the event, announces an “action item” for attendees. It can be to tell their friends to sign up for your group online and stay tuned for the next event, or to call their elected officials about particular issue. One thing I like is when event organizers put elected officials’ numbers up on a large screen or read it out to everyone to save and call.

10) Follow up – Follow-up with attendees with an email “thank you,” reiterate the action item, and direct them to the website where pictures and videos will be posted. Encourage them to forward the information to a friend, co-worker, or family member, and to submit their own photos and videos.

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Free-market think tank P.R. man O'Hara, a veteran of political campaigns and the latter Bush administration, provides an informative rundown of the populist Tea Party movement he helped create, including a chronicle of its emergence and a breakdown of its methods and goals. Denying similarities to past populism (which directed anger at corporations), or the current state of the GOP (where "fair-weather dedication to capitalism is all too common"), O'Hara declares the Tea Party a standard bearer for the Reagan revolution: "opposed to vast government expansion, huge spending, entitlements, and intervention." Crying tyranny, O'Hara predictably draws parallels between the Obama administration's financial policies and those that led to the original Boston Tea Party, but also castigates Republican leaders like John McCain (ignorant of free-market principles), the Bushes (closet liberals), and Newt Gingrich (whose mid-1990s "revolution" was a mirage). O'Hara spends much time dissecting the sins of the Left (which "wants to take, control, and distribute as it sees fit"), and doesn't minimize the contention between Tea Party-style libertarianism and pseudo-Right neoconservativism. Anyone looking for a cogent explanation of this year's most visible grassroots political movement will find this a clear-headed, though highly opinionated, insider's account.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470920084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470920084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,013,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 3, 2012
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John O'Hara works for the Illinois Policy Institute, and previously worked at The Heartland Institute. He wrote in the Preface to this 2010 book, "'A New American Tea Party' chronicles how the tea party movement came to be and its place in the growing tension between competing visions of the roles of the individual and the state in American society... My hope is that this book will... set the historic record straight on what is a critically important grassroots movement... serve to define and articulate the principles of that movement... (and) will help to fortify, inspire, and guide fellow counter-revolutionaries in the policy battles ahead."

The book begins with "Bailout Nation: A Spending Timeline," which details all of the loans, bailouts, collapses, bankrupticies, and other key events in the fiscal crisis of 2008-2010.

He notes that although President Obama denounced plans to reinstate the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" (which mandated "equal time" on TV and radio), "he doesn't hide his hatred of criticism from the media." (Pg. 121) While observing that there is still "considerable debate among conservatives and libertarians" about Medicare Part D, he admits that "the truly competitive Medicare Part D has resulted in premiums that are 40 percent lower than projected in 2004 and a satifaction rate of 87 percent among beneficiaries." (Pg. 180)

He points out that criticisms of Tea Party from individuals such as Sen. Barbara Boxer as being "Astroturf" (i.e., fake grassroots activism), and composed of "wealthy or well financed" individuals, "neither of which are true," is "a fallacy of logic." (Pg.
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The author, John O'Hara played an integral role in starting on of the first modern-day tea parties that sparked off a nationwide grassroots movement. In this book, he explains how these protests evolved, the principles that drive them and why they are necessary.--This is a well-written, very well documented book and a good read--Get one for yourself and you decide.
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Ch 1: The Tea Parties - Discusses behind the scenes events that resulted in the large tea party protests on April 15th 2009.
Ch 2: How We Got Here Abandoning Principles and the People - Discusses lessons from Ronald Reagan, disappointments of Bush, the 1994 Almost-Revolution, and disappointments of the George W. Bush Big-Government administration, and the 2008 election of Obama.
Ch 3: The Whistling Teapot, The Financial Crisis, and the Bailout Nation - Discusses Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) as well as bailouts and corporate welfare.
Ch 4: The Political Class Reacts - Identifies ignorance of the political class and the misguided attempts of DHS to tag "Right Wing Extremism" as anti-government behavior that could include tea partiers. It also covers out-of-touch Nancy Pelosi references to an astro-turf movement.
Ch 5: The Media Strikes Back - Interesting observations of the Media Blackout followed by misinformation and sexual slurs (e.g. Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, and Keith Olbermann shows); reviews the absurdly racist accusations of Janeane Garofalo as well.
Ch 6: Radical Ideas: fiscal responsibility, individual liberty versus stimulus fraud and mythical job numbers - concludes with violations of the Constitution
Ch 7: Radical Tactics - Discussion on Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, ACORN, Unions, SEIU, and a culture of corruption. Correctly identifies that Tea Partiers are against bailouts and handouts.
Ch 8: The Teapot Boils over Healthcare, Takes Center Stage - Discusses town hall reactions to a "fishy" plan supported by White House Spin.
Ch 9: The Tea Party Manifesto - Emphasis on fiscal responsibility and limited government
Ch 10: Rules for Counter-radicals ... Asks why should we reward bad behavior.
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If you are interested to know how a certain section of America thinks and feels about the U.S. government's growing economic size and borrowing and its reaction to the economic troubles, I think this is an effective and informative guide.

It struck me throughout this book, as a non American reader, that there is something typically American about this Tea Party movement. I would not like to count the times phrases like: individual liberty, self reliance, American constitution, founding fathers, were used. Also at times it was possible to perceive this book as representing the more reasonable and moderate face or tip of a movement which encompasses a larger underwater iceberg made up partly of more extreme controversial opinion and strong feeling.

However one part of the book I especially liked was when it was critical of the governments role in encouraging the housing bubble and sub-prime lending. I get their arguments here, they are convincing. The U.S. government mistakenly sought to increase home ownership through tax breaks and through giving targets to institutions like Fanny and Freddie, and also it kept interest rates very low. I agree with the self reliance free market critique on this issue, that artificially encouraging people into home ownership that do not have the appropriate incomes is economic naivety at its worst. It took government encouragement and government guarantees to enable and encourage the excesses of private greed and unwise private mortgage decisions. Pointing out this kind of unwise economic interference in the past is the strongest part of the book and the movement.

But does the Tea Party and the return to founding father principles hold the answers to America's future reinvigoration?
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