Monday, October 04, 2010

Know Whereof You Speak

from Joseph L. Bast

President of The Heartland Institute

Exactly What the Tea Party Movement Needs!

On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli stood on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and called for a “new tea party” to protest out-of-control spending by politicians in Washington. Little did he know that his words would become the rallying call for millions of Americans, many of them getting involved in politics for the very first time.

The Heartland Institute was there from the start. We helped the Santelli video “go viral.” Our staff helped organize the first Tea Party events in Washington DC and Chicago. We supplied speakers and promotional support to scores of Tea Party events around the country. And in recent months, we’ve distributed tens of thousands of free copies of our Legislative Principles booklets to activists, candidates for office, and civic and business leaders.

So here’s our next big thing: The Patriot’s Toolbox, a 263-page book that consists of eight chapters, each presenting ten principles for free-market reform in clear and precise English. Each chapter originally appeared in the Legislative Principles series, which means they are specially designed and edited to meet the needs of busy elected officials and opinion leaders. No rhetoric, no history lessons, and no long-winded lectures. Just solid facts backed up with bibliographies.

The Patriot’s Toolbox gives the new patriots of the Tea Party movement the intellectual ammunition they need to take their country back! It is exactly what the movement needs right now to build and explain its vision of a better country with less government and more individual freedom.

The Heartland Institute hopes to put hundreds of thousands of copies of The Patriot’s Toolbox into the hands of grassroots activists in the coming months. We need your help! Visit or call 312/377-4000 and request a free copy of the book, and let us know how we can work together to help get the ideas out. Because we don’t want to sell books. We want to help take our country back!

Please forward this message to anyone you know who supports the Tea Party movement or just wants to know more about free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Thanks!

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