"Voices of the Tea Party" is an innovative e-book series that delivers in-depth information on tactics, strategy, and policy from on-the-ground activists and organizers around the country. Tea Party members and supporters will now be able, instantly and cheaply, to access "best practices" that have succeeded elsewhere, hear the stories of others in the movement, and learn from Tea Partiers with specific policy ideas and expertise. They can also join our blog, suggest ideas for topics and writers, and engage with Broadside's editors by submitting their own e-book proposals. Readers and writers alike can thereby join the national discussion within this ever-expanding network of citizen activists who have dedicated themselves to advancing the movement's core values of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.

Who They Are, What They Do and How to Fight Back

New from Voices of the Tea Party. In Crony Capitalism in Our Back Yards, Amy Handlin, a Harvard educated Republican member of New Jersey’s General Assembly, demonstrates that crony capitalism is as much of a problem at the state and local level as it is at the federal level. Drawing on her personal experiences, Ms. Handlin paints a colorful picture of some of the political insiders who’ve used their positions of power to advance their own financial interests at the expense of the public welfare . Ms. Handlin concludes with a set of practical recommendations that average citizens can undertake to fight crony capitalism in their own back yards.

The Story of My Run for California Governor as a Tea Party Candidate

New from Voices of the Tea Party. Deeply upset at the way the Republican Party abandoned its conservative base in the elections of 2008, Larry Naritelli had taken to yelling at his television, prompting his 13-year-old son to ask if there would be a revolution in the country. Naritelli responded by taking his son to a Tea Party protest, to teach him about the freedoms granted by our Constitution. Naritelli began speaking publicly about the government-imposed drought that was destroying California’s farmers, creating 40% levels of unemployment, and depressing real estate values. In 2010, he ran against Meg Whitman for Governor as the Tea Party candidate, in the California Republican Primary in 2010. Don't Tread on Me is the inside story of the making of a Tea Party gubernatorial candidate.

New from Broadside Books' Voices of the Tea Party. I, Light Bulb: A Death Row Testimonial as told to Michael Patrick Leahy, demonstrates how the American economy has gone from free markets to politically correct, government controlled crony capitalism in the half century since Leonard E. Read wrote the classic essay I, Pencil. Leahy tells the story of the ban on the current generation of incandescents from the perspective of a condemned 100 watt light bulb. In the voice of the light bulb, Leahy points out the need for political activism to reverse this ban, arguing that it not onlyprevents an innocent incandescent light bulb from continuing a useful economic life, it also deprives every American of their own economic liberty and freedom of choice.

Readers who buy I, Lightbulb will also receive the bonus companion e-book The Disastrous Lightbulb Ban by Howard Brandston, at no additional cost. Brandston, the internationally recognized expert on lighting most well known for light [...]

How to Maximize Your Social Media Impact
In Weaving the Roots, you'll learn how even tiny grassroots organizations can make big impacts on the world through smart use of free or inexpensive social media tools. First you'll learn the major tools, like Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, blogging, talk radio, and SMS text. How they work, how they work together, and how you can maximize your impact with a small team. Next, you'll explore five key activities for social networking and which tools work best: recruiting, informing, activating, advocating, coordinating. Finally, you'll find out the science behind social media. You'll get answers to questions that many don't know to ask, like what time of day to tweet or post on Facebook, which day of the week is best for which social channel, and how to announce an event to get lots of attendees without lots of time-consuming questions.
In this first-hand account of the perils of Washington, Constance Dogood, an average American who became an early leader of the Tea Party movement, describes the methods used by the Republican Establishment to co-opt the Freshman members of Congress. Called "the Tea Party Class" because they were propelled into office by a wave of Tea Party support, these 63 new Republican members of Congress face a daunting challenge in the 112th Congress. On the one hand, they need to honor the promises they made to the tea partiers in their districts who helped elect them. On the other hand, they need to learn the ropes of Washington without unnecessarily alienating the Republican Establishment so long entrenched in and around the corridors of power. Constance concludes that the House of Representatives would be well advised to ditch the century old hierarchical party leadership structure and look to the Tea Party movement itself for a superior model of organizing to return the country to its consti [...]
The President's Cousin Explains Why His Hippocratic Oath Requires Him to Oppose ObamaCare

“I’m proud to call Barack Obama my cousin and I hold no personal animosity toward him. Our visions for America are simply at odds. He apparently believes that our greatness lies in our growing welfare state…I believe our greatness is found in our freedom to make our own lives and serve each other, and I cannot stand idly by while this fundamental promise of liberty is under assault….”

The discussion what role—if any—the government should play in regulating and dictating the delivery of health care in the United States has become ground zero in the much larger age-old struggle between statism and individual liberty. Personifying this struggle is the conflict between the big government schemes of President Barack Obama and the free market principles of the President's own cousin, the private practice physician Milton R. Wolf, M.D. When Barack Obama and Dr. Milton Wolf met for the first time in May 2010, it marked the beginning of a new phase in this all-American family feud [...]

A Manifesto for Localism in the Tea Party Movement

“We speak often of the courage of the American pioneers; those first audacious few who settled new regions of our country, cleared the land, and blazed a trail for those who followed… Being a pioneer in the most important grassroots movement of my lifetime--well, this most definitely requires a great deal of special skill, plus laser-beam focus, and very thick skin.”

Lorie Medina grew up watching her father, a Baptist minister, build a community at their local church, rallying volunteers and organizing events. She learned that you can get a lot done if you treat everyone with respect, give them an easy-to-follow plan, and follow up with lots of encouragement. Today, she uses those same organizational and leadership skills—and conservative principles—in creating a highly successful get-out-the vote program for the Tea Party movement. Dubbed "Victory in a Box," Medina unveiled her strategy in her hometown of Dallas, Texas Tea Party, where it was so successful that it was subseq [...]

How the Ancestral Spirit of Patrick Henry Inspired Me to Join the Tea Party

“When my son was finally home [from Iraq, I found that] I had become hyper-attentive to political issues. The accelerated spending had alarmed me, as had the reckless rhetoric and the government’s inability to face the mathematical realities of incomprehensible debt, collapsing markets, increasing unemployment, and devaluation of the dollar. Then in February I heard the recording of Rick Santelli’s famous rant, and realized that I was not in the minority.”

As a child, Mark Lloyd's grandmother always told him that he was a descendant of Patrick Henry. Though he's still trying to document the connection, he likes to believe that he is guided by Henry's spirit. As a resident of Campbell County, Virginia—the county of Henry's final homestead—Lloyd follows Henry's example every day, dedicating his life to ensure the liberty Henry fought for would be passed on to his own children and grandchildren. As an active grassroots Tea Party participant in the political elections in Virgin [...]

About the Series Editor

Michael Patrick Leahy has been one of the driving forces of the Tea Party movement from its inception. He's a co-founder of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, which sponsored the very first national Tea Party demonstrations; the February 27, 2009 Nationwide Chicago Tea Party; and the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party. He is also the author of The Covenant of Liberty, to be published by Broadside Books in January 2012. His website is www.michaelpatrickleahy.com.