Lessons from the Lemonade Stand

By: April 24, 2011

I recently published a book,   Don’t Take My Lemonade Stand – An American Philosophy. It had not been my intention to write a book at the outset. I was merely attempting to instruct my children on the responsibilities of citizenship in the United States of America today. There were some very important concepts of citizenship that I didn’t think they were learning, and I wanted to make sure they understood our country’s heritage in the same way I did. What obligations do we as citizens and parents have to our country, our community, and our children? What can parents and others do now to stand up for their rights, before it’s too late?

When other parents learned of the little lessons I had been preparing for my children, they encouraged me to write a book. Providing an example to my children on the merits of American individualism, I did just that. And the book has really taken off !

As my book tour took me through Fox & Friends, Sean Hannity, radio interviews, and public speaking engagements, I confirmed the overwhelming desire of many Americans to put our nation back on the path our founders laid out for us. I also realized that many citizens (especially those with children) are frustrated and do not know exactly what to do to reverse our current deteriorating circumstances.

As citizens, it is our duty to become educated, informed, and engaged in how our country is being run. We need to return our country to its first principles and teach our kids how to keep it there. Both we (and our children) need to better understand the story of how America became exceptional. We need to understand the role of free market capitalism in America and what you get if capitalism is excessively restricted.

The strength of our country is in the actions we take and in the minds of our children.

With that in mind, I would like to see the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series branch out and address basic educational topics about the Constitution, citizenship, and individual liberty that can be used by young people and their teachers in public schools, private schools, and home schools around the country.


Janie Johnson is the author of Don’t Take My Lemonade Stand – An American Philosophy. Her website is www.jjauthor.com . She can be reached on Twitter at @jjauthor on twitter




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