The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

Alexis de Toqueville

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The United States Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

The Continental Congress

The Continental Congress

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington at Valley Forge

Friday, March 23, 2012

Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement


by Michael Patrick Leahy
Broadside Books
March 21, 2012
Today’s political class-in both parties and at all levels of government-shows a blatant disregard for both the letter and spirit of the United States Constitution. More and more Americans are fed up, and from this sweeping sense of discontent and anger the Tea Party movement has emerged, revitalizing the spirit of constitutionalist activism in the conservative world. According to author and Tea Party activist Michael Patrick Leahy, a similar lack of accountability ignited our nation’s Founding Fathers, and they were motivated by the same ideological desires: to constitutionally limit government, ensure fiscal responsibility, and defend individual liberty. These imperatives were at the heart of what he calls a “covenant of liberty,” which undergirds our written Constitution.

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