"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." ---Thomas Jefferson
Truer words were never spoken. Tea Party members and their supporters know this instinctively. We are seeing it happen right now before our very eyes. Members of the Tea Party are not wild-eyed radicals as they as being portrayed in the mainstream media. Rather, they are the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker who own and operate small businesses all across America. They are also the hard-working individuals who go to work each and every day, pay taxes and obey the law. These people are frightened by the direction President Obama and our leaders in Congress have been taking this country. They have found their voice in the Tea Party. Senator Rand Paul of the great state of Kentucky is a newcomer to politics. When he announced his candidacy he was given little chance of being elected. Senator Paul subscribes to much of what the Tea Party stands for. He firmly believes in a balanced budget and that across-the-board spending cuts are in order. For Rand Paul there are absolutely no sacred cows. Senator Paul makes an impassioned case for a return to fiscal sanity in his new book "The Tea Party Goes To Washington". You will find an abundance of common sense in this volume.
In the pages of "The Tea Party Goes To Washington" Senator Paul reiterates time and again that he does not consider himself to be a leader of the Tea Party movement. While he espouses many of the positions championed by Tea Party members Paul points out that the Tea Party is largely a grass roots movement that has sprung up spontaneously in cities and towns all over the country. There is an old expression that says that "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Depending on where you are Tea Parties have been formed in reaction to issues like bank bailouts, auto bailouts, mortgage bailouts, stimulus, cap and trade, new business regulations and Obamacare. Some Tea Party groups choose to focus more on state and local issues. Paul points out that there is precious little communication between most of these groups and that by design the movement lacks strong and identifiable leaders. He believes that this is the way that it should be and is confident that the Tea Party will never be co-opted by the existing political establishment.
Throughout his primary and general election campaigns in 2010 Rand Paul was portrayed by his opponents, the political establishment and the mainstream media as some sort of kook who was totally out of touch with average Americans. The voters in his state did not buy it and were ready to move in a new and different direction. In "The Tea Party Goes To Washington" Paul offers up his thinking on how to resolve the current budget mess we are confronting in this country. He is willing to take an ax not only to the social programs that are the darlings of those on the left but also to the bloated military budget that is the sacred cow of those on the right. Currently, military spending by the United States accounts for 45% of the defense spending in the entire world. This is clearly unsustainable! Rand Paul is also opposed to the whole notion of nation-building which he believes has caused the tremendous spike in defense spending over the past decade. Being a practicing physician Rand Paul sees the sheer folly of Obamacare and has a lot to say about it in the book. Clearly he would like to see this ill-advised debacle repealed by the Congress.
Time and again in "The Tea Party Goes To Washington" Rand Paul harkens back to the Founding Fathers for wisdom and guidance. He seems to be particularly fond of Thomas Jefferson. Senator Paul believes that we can extricate ourselves from this mess but that the average citizen has to become more informed and involved in the process. Despite all of the obstacles that they face he believes that the Tea Party will ultimately be successful in their quest to take back this country. These are not just conservative Republicans. The Tea Party includes lots of disaffected Democrats and independents as well who love their country and want to put an end to the abuses that have been heaped upon them from above. They are tired of being labeled as racists, homophobes and mean-spirited. It is becoming increasing clear that the Tea Party movement is gathering steam as we head towards the 2012 elections and that the political establishment in both of the major political parties are scared to death of them. In my view reading "The Tea Party Goes To Washington" would be a great way to get up to speed on all of these substantive issues. If you have high school or college student in your family give them a copy. Likewise if you own a copy pass it on to a neighbor or relative. Spread the word! Unlike a number of other books I have read by politicians "The Tea Party Goes To Washington" is a thoughtful and extremely well written book. Very highly recommended!
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The Tea Party Goes to Washington is a book by United States Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. The book, co-written by radio host, columnist, and blogger Jack Hunter, describes the Tea Party movement's impact in the 2010 midterm elections in the United States, and ultimately their impact on the entire political system.