Friday, March 11, 2011

The Tea Party Goes to Washington Review

The Tea Party Goes to Washington
If the midterm elections were a declaration of war on the status quo, Rand Paul leads the battle charge. Voters fearful of growing government and debt have found voice in the Tea Party phenomenon and the movement continues to deliver a message that Washington, D.C. has found impossible to ignore.

In THE TEA PARTY GOES TO WASHINGTON, the newly elected senator and self-described "constitutional conservative" explains why his party has to stand by its limited government rhetoric and why the federal government must be stuffed back into its constitutional box. Given the problems our nation faces, these are not mere suggestions, but moral imperatives.

Rand Paul and those who voted for him want to stop borrowing, end the bailouts, and entitlements and the spending. In THE TEA PARTY GOES TO WASHINGTON you'll learn:
  • The history of the Tea Party and why it isn't "extreme"
  • How both parties operate outside the Constitution
  • Rand's plan for a balanced budget
  • Why the Tea Party will endureNow is the time to get America back on track— this is the moment of the new revolution that will take us back to our grass roots, to the country of our founding fathers.

    It's a new day in Washington— as the Tea Party graduates from populist outrage to political influence, Rand Paul stands poised to become one of its greatest champions.
My Take:  Rand Paul is the son of Ron Paul, a grassroots phenomenon in the political arena.  Rand Paul gives a history of the Tea Party and reasons for its existence.  Paul's platform consists mainly that big government and overspending must be reigned in.  The American people are angry at the government's spending habits and high taxes.  It is Paul's belief that the Tea Party is a major contender for upcoming elections.  This, in fact, was the case in the last election.

Paul maintains that the Team Party is not an off-shoot of conservatives but a reaction to the previous mentioned issues among others.  Interestingly, the Tea Party does not have a central voice or beginning.  Each state began their own Tea Party but tend toward lowering taxes, much like the Boston Tea Party was a protest on the tax on tea.  Rather than buy the tea, the colonists dumped it into the harbor, protesting that England has no right to tax them.  

The Tea Party has become surprisingly successful and has shown many politicians that Americans are unhappy with the current state of the country.  Many are ready to cut the enabling ties to the entitled, cut back government spending, and start taking more ownership of governing.

This is not an unbiased book.  There is a clear agenda as Rand Paul is making himself known to the Tea Party members.  He points out examples of how the current government is abusing taxpayers' money and trust.  It is suited best for those with leanings toward the Tea Party.

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