Rattlesnake Revolution: The Tea Party Strikes! takes a lively romp through American history from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the tea party near you today. Along the way author Dean Allen has compared and contrasted the roots and interactions of the major socio-political movements that have shaped American culture. Acting at various times as a journalist, historian, and political activist, Dean has chronicled the development of a spontaneous phenomenon that fundamentally revitalized the somewhat stodgy Grand Old Party.
Dean’s insights and observations give the tea party credit for amazing accomplishments in a short period, without glossing over weaknesses and challenges of a movement priding itself on being disorganized and leaderless. His access to, and friendships with, statesmen like Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Jim DeMint, and dozens of local tea party leaders across the nation, allowed Dean to see, experience, understand, and explain, the roots of this revolution that swept the Democrats out of Congress in 2010 and is poised to restore constitutional government to America in 2012.
Rattlesnake Revolution: The Tea Party Strikes! chronicles the developmental stages of all socio-political movements. Great social movements have started with outrage over a problem, whether slavery, labor, or economic injustice. They began with protests in the street; these became effective organizations, gained cultural acceptance; and, finally legislatively transformed the way our nation dealt with problems. Is the tea party a flash-in-the-pan destined to fade into oblivion? Will the tea party become the next paradigm shift permanently liberating our republic from a sea of red ink? Rattlesnake Revolution:The Tea Party Strikes! provides the tools for the latter outcome.
I explain how our founding fathers created a system of federal taxation, based largely upon excises, which would fund the legitimate functions of the federal government while preserving the autonomy of the states, and the freedom of the people. Fixing the problems in America today will require tax reform based upon understanding, and returning to, a constitutional system of taxation that raises revenue, rather than redistributing wealth.