A Tea Party “Must-Read”

So, what exactly is a “Tea Partier?” I consider myself one, and I’m not sure that I can adequately answer the question. Certainly, the national media, and probably most Americans struggle to define the Tea Party movement.

I hope this blog offers insight into the Tea Party movement and my involvement. Yet, it is a fairly narrow perspective… mostly mine.   I encourage you to learn more about the movement as a whole.

Let me provide you with another resource to broaden your Tea Party perspective.

I had the opportunity a couple months ago to sit down with a local television reporter to answer that initial question and many others about the Tea Party movement. Steve Ference challenged me to provide my opinions about the Tea Party movement, and he asked me to provide background on what motivated me to get involved.

Steve has just published a book called Voices of the Tea Party. I am honored and humbled that one of the seven perspectives in the book is mine.  I am grateful to Steve for taking the time to listen to me and print my viewpoints.

It’s a book that can be easily read in a single sitting or in separate sessions. I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Not because it contained my opinions, but because it provided a diverse selection of Tea Partier opinions.  Being the good journalist, Steve did not pull any punches with his questions either. Among other topics, the book covers accusations of racism, conspiracy theories, and fractures within the movement.  I can almost guarantee that you will not agree with all of the perspectives provided in the book.  More importantly, though, it provides a framework that encourages critical thinking.

I urge you to check it out, especially if you are not familiar with the Tea Party movement.

The book is currently available on Lulu.com.  Steve expects it to become available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com in another month or so.

Happy reading!

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  1. Steve

     /  July 21, 2010

    It was a pleasure talking with you, and I appreciate the kind words. It means a lot – because you never know how something like this will be received, but you hit on a number of my goals, and explained it better than I probably did.
    Thanks again!

    • Steve,

      Thanks for your kind words!

      I have to say that my favorite part of the book is the first chapter… the interview with the Gold Star Mom. Her story, and her son’s story, brought tears to my eyes. Very inspirational!


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