Have you read Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin? Here is an excerpt from Wendy Milling’s book review [Hat tip to Harry Binswanger List, April 18]:
The Patriots seek to model their organization on the open source concept, and they request that readers contribute ideas for the pathways to liberty on the Tea Party Patriots’ web site. The best ideas will be incorporated into their agenda and their next book. They explain that as an organization, the Tea Party Patriots only supports a solution when the overwhelming majority of its polled members agree.
My solicited advice would be to make individual rights the organizing principle of the movement. The core values are excellent, and the Patriots generally use “liberty” as the rationale for their positions. However, it is ultimately impossible to remain consistent without using the concept of individual rights as the standard by which ideas are evaluated. Individual rights is more fundamental, and what we normally mean by freedom cannot be defined except by reference to it.
(Forbes, April 15, 2012.)
By the way: Do you think that Barack Obama is using a silver tea spoon nowadays?
The president’s campaign would like you to think Romney was born with silver tea, soup, demitasse, grapefruit, and runcible spoons—not to mention that funny silver ladle we use just on Thanksgiving—in his mouth.
(Slate, April 19, 2012.)