Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement (Hardcover)

The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement

By Michael Patrick Leahy

Broadside Books, 9780062066336, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2012



The most powerful populist movement in nearly a century, the Tea Party is currently reconfiguring American government at every level. In Covenant of Liberty, Michael Patrick Leahy, one of the movement's early leaders, explores the Tea Party's ideological origins, tracing them back to the traditions of English liberty that inspired our Founding Fathers. Leahy clearly and cogently defines the Tea Party for anyone misled by the campaign of misinformation launched by political opponents who falsely brand it as racist and xenophobic, demonstrating instead how its core principles of limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility place it squarely in the mainstream of the American founding tradition. He also sheds light on its unique organizational methods, and shows its growing international appeal. Covenant of Liberty is a must read for all concerned Americans who want to know how their nation began, where it is going, and where it must go.

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

An elegantly written and clear-eyed portrait of the centuries-long struggle to constitutionally protect individual liberty from a governing class who would, in the name of of the “public interest,” harness the power of the state for private gain.
-Randy E. Barnett, professor of constitutional law, Georgetown Law Center and author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty.

Concise, illuminating history...Leahy explains how the modern Tea Party offers a path to recapture the liberties that our constitutional republic was founded to secure.
-Richard E. Wagner, professor of economics, George Mason University

No political movement in recent memory has had the immediate impact of the Tea Party. Leahy lucidly explains both the historical and philosophical roots of the Tea Party, providing a useful guide both to his contemporaries and to future historians.
-Ambassador John Bolton

In Covenant of Liberty, tea party leader Michael Patrick Leahy shows how the tea partiers have reinjected the ideas and principles of the Founding Fathers into political discourse--and the revolutionary effect they have had.”
-Michael Barone, senior political analyst, Washington Examiner