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The Tea Party: Three Principles Hardcover – February 6, 2012
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"Lambasted by the left, maligned by the media, the Tea Party may be the political phenomenon of the decade. No one has captured the energy and essence of this vital movement better than Elizabeth Price Foley. She combines scholarship and lucid writing with a profound respect - embraced by the Tea Party - for the U.S. Constitution as it was originally crafted to secure individual liberty and restrain government power. While I might quarrel with Prof. Foley's enthusiasm for America's muscular global role, her intellectual defense of the Tea Party and her application of its credo to urgent and controversial issues have produced a powerful, provocative, and timely book, which I highly recommend." - Robert A. Levy, Chairman, Cato Institute
"Elizabeth Price Foley has produced an interesting and important work on the constitutional basis for the agenda of the Tea Party movement.... I do believe anyone interested in understanding how the growth of the welfare-regulatory state violates the constitution and threatens liberty can benefit from reading this book." - Ron Paul, United States Congressman (R-TX)
"Elizabeth Price Foley's The Tea Party is a clear and straightforward explication of what the Tea Party Movement is all about, and is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the current political climate. With this slim, provocative volume, Foley once again demonstrates why she is one of constitutional law's rising stars." - Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
“By elevating principle above party, the Tea Party has already changed the face of American politics. In this marvelous book, Elizabeth Price Foley clearly identifies and defends the three basic principles that unite the Tea Party movement, all stemming from its commitment to our written Constitution. Politicos beware; the party has just begun.”– Randy E. Barnett, Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown Law Center, and author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (2005)
"[Foley is one of the] champions of the Tea Party . . . [She] describes a movement driven by 'constitutional principles.' These include 'limited government, US sovereignty and constitutional originalism.' She adds that these principles are distinct from 'the social conservatism that has dominated the conservative movement for the last thirty years' and that Tea Partiers are at best lukewarm in their attitudes toward issues like abortion or gay marriage.' - Sam Tanenhaus, New York Review of Books
"Foley lays out in exacting terms the core philosophy that underpins the movement. Foley writes like a lawyer, and the book reads like a well-constructed brief, which is not a criticism. So much nonsense has been written about tea party philosophy that a structured treatise that gets to the heart of the matter is more than welcome. . . . [H]ighly enjoyable reading." - John Bicknell, Roll Call
"[E]rudite but not too weedy. There is enough meat on the bones to make it both interesting and intellectually gratifying while never being too hard a read.... [I]f you are a Tea Partier or interested in the movement, this legal explanation of the ideas that drive the movement should be most welcome." - Marty Dodge, Blogcritics.org
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Also, the "tea party" isn't a real alternative political party like the Greens or Libertarians. The TP is just a very extreme right-wing appendage connected to the Republican Party.
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Elizabeth Foley's book provides a Constitutional lawyer and professors angle on what the Tea Party is about. Her three principles -- limited government, U.S. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Lexington Green
I first heard about this book when I watched CSPAN awhile ago and Elizabeth Price Foley was being interviewed. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by prairie woman
We have been given the precious gift of liberty and a prosperpous nation built upon that gift. This gift was purchased with the blood, sweat, and lives of the generation of our... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by R Robinson
Elizabeth Foley's well written, scholarly look at the issues that motivate the Tea Party participants is one book I would highly recommend. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Seaotter
Good scholarship that is also easy reading is always welcome. I have thought of the Tea Party's core principles as limited government, low taxes and less government spending. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Kenneth D. Willis