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The Tea Party Guide to Being a Real American: Arming Yourself against Godless Liberals, Dirty Socialists, and Sexy Ideas Paperback – November 1, 2011
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From the Author
I'm sorry. We really messed up. You guys worked so hard, pledging your sacred honor and all that to the cause of freedom. You fought, thought, wrote, argued, compromised, designed, foresaw, sacrificed, hung in there, stuck to it until you'd done what you came together to do. You found common ground and dug into it to build a strong foundation for America. All this, you managed while wearing periwigs and painful shoes, as the teeth rotted in your wisdom-filled heads. And what did we do? Instead of using our best tools and materials and workers to complete the structure, we turned the deed over oligarchs and plutocrats and big corporations. We sat around and watched TV and read the purple section of USA Today while USA Yesterday disappeared in a cloud of exhaust and a flurry of Facebook status updates. We were distracted by every shiny object and new gadget and ad gimmick and gewgaw that paraded past our stupefied faces. We got fat and lazy and slow. In short, we sucked.
We still suck. But as least we have this book, which can save us all, if only by reminding us that it's funny to suck as totally as we do. We must laugh, or we'd all just go jump off a bridge. Knowing us, we'd screw that up, too.
PS: I wrote the book in Kansas, but also in English. My deadline was way before a lot of recent events took place. Herman Cain and Rick Perry were months from jumping into the presidential race. The Occupy Wall Street protests had yet to hit the streets. And Glenn Beck's new TV network was just a gleam in his teary eye. It was a simpler, more innocent time. I've tried to add some additional stuff for the Kindle version, but my publisher said, "Stop writing and start promoting."
I've now done several radio interviews to promote The Tea Party Guide, and one question everyone has is, "What's with all the sex in the book?" I don't know. I was raised by ministers in a small, conservative town where, if you so much as breathed a word about sex, they'd bleach your lungs. Apparently I have some issues. It's not a book to leave sitting around for the kids to pick up and peruse. They'll be scarred for life.
But aren't we all? Aren't we all just trying to heal ourselves? And isn't laughter reputed to be, medicinally speaking, the best thing for that? Laughter, and maybe some sex? OK then.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book should be right up Stephen Colbert's alley, with his "I Am America (and so can you)". I would like to an interview Mr. Boyle. This was my first Boyle book and hope there will be more in similar vein. Parody is a great way to make points with humor.
1. Say almost impossibly clever things back to that relative that just said something you can't believe humans in 2011 can actually say, much less humans in 2012. How do their minds form the words? It's amazing.
2. Sit there not saying anything clever because you have not had dessert yet and do not want to be kicked out. Because even though you know you're right, and now have some hilarious come-back material, pie is pie.
Either way, you'll be entertained and informed in that way that might not be 100% accurate, but makes you feel good about yourself. And you'll have pie coming which, as suggested earlier, is pie.
Being funny is not easy. Boyle pulled it off and not.
It is easy to be angry or vindictive, but funny has its own nuance.
Many points are brought forward in a manner that would be boring in nonfiction and he may actually edify certain readers put off by more serious publications.
There is a lot of chicanery afoot and this book may get a few citizens to turn on their radar.
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