Remembering the rant

For the first time, I’m cross-posting from my “home” website, monoblogue.

On a humdrum Thursday morning, there were probably a few dozen thousand who were watching the CNBC show “Squawk Box” and a lot of them probably weren’t paying full attention when one man’s statements were the spark that lit the fuse of pent-up political frustration. It was a fire that raged out of control for several years before being contained by a political party more interested in power and winning elections than in its stated principles.

I half-jokingly wrote that night that I thought Rick Santelli would be the next guy on the unemployment line, but instead he’s become something of a cult hero for those things he said a decade ago. Yet in looking up his whereabouts it appears he’s doing pretty much the same thing as he did a decade ago. In that respect, he’s a lot like most participants in the TEA Party who did what they did out of love for the country, not fame, fortune, or political power. I’m sure his name has come up a lot today, though.

But in just eight days after Santelli made his remarks, tens of thousands of people got together in over thirty cities around the nation and began a phenomenon that people still talk about today. And because there are a number of useful lessons that came from the TEA Party, I wrote a book detailing its history: Good Lord willing, I’ll have it ready in time to commemorate the tenth anniversary of one of the most massive and widespread grassroots uprisings in recent American history, the Tax Day TEA Party of 2009 on April 15. I was at the one here in Salisbury, and five months later I was at the unforgettable 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington. (I posted on that event in two parts the next two days, and the posts reminded me I had even more photos on my then-relatively nascent Facebook page. Revisiting this with the new WordPress block setup allowed me to add the captions I wrote originally, too.) As they say, the rest was history.

And to think: how many people just thought February 19, 2009 was just going to be another humdrum winter’s day?

A couple minor additions

One thing I noticed about my website that I missed in version 2.0 was the credit for the cover photo. So I did a quick little page and added that to the main menu so you can get a little bit of backstory on it.

There are one or two other pages I need to do for the site but those are going to wait for a bit. One of them will be a thanklist of people who have helped along the way and the other will be any reaction I receive to the book from those I have entrusted with looking it over. (So far so good, but I need to follow up.)

I’m also looking into the options on formatting the book, since having an editor or proofreader appears to be prohibitively expensive. (I guess I will have to trust the original Word docs and the automatic spellcheck.) I really want a Lexus book but alas, it’s going to have to be on a Yugo budget.

In just four weeks we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first TEA Party protests. Getting done by then may not be doable, but that would be a great day to put it out, would it not?

For starters…

It took me a little while, but finally I have settled on a theme that’s halfway decent to me and that I can deal with in terms of look and functionality. (It’s actually a cousin to the one I use for my primary website but one with a better front for a full-size image.) So now the Rise and Fall website is ready for the world.

Before The Rise and Fall of the TEA Party becomes a reality, though, I need a few more things:

  • First and foremost, I need a proofreader/editor to check it over for misspellings and poor grammar. It’s not that I haven’t gone through this thing with a fine-toothed comb, but a set of unbiased eyes would not hurt.
  • I also need someone who can design a cover. Part of me wants to use an upside-down Gadsden Flag as the main focus of the cover, which would be some variation of the yellow-and-black colors the flag is best known for. But there’s also a part of me that would rather use a backdrop from the 9/12 rally. (Actually, I’d love to use the image of the guy on my book’s social media page – the circled one on the upper left – but I have no idea who it is and presume I need his permission.) Again, a second pair of expert eyes would be helpful.
  • Finally, I need a person who can format the manuscript to book form and add page numbers, an index, and such. That was one thing my first book lacked and I thought the book wasn’t what it could be without those elements.

The great thing about self-publishing, though, is that I can have things together relatively quickly. To me it would be awesome to put this book out February 27 – the tenth anniversary of the first “Nationwide Chicago Tea Parties” – but that could be a little ambitious. April 15 would be great as well, as that’s the day the TEA Party really hit the national scene. But seeing that this is the ten-year anniversary of its founding, 2019 is the year for this book. Help me make this happen and be a success!