The Tea Party supporters try to legitimize their efforts by looking back at the American Revolution, and they have every right to do what they want. But populism and anger at government policies is not new. If the Tea Party movement wants to look back, it should, but it should be reminded that great and liberal leaders have also found energy and inspiration in this same moment of history.
What do you hope readers will take from your book?
Some of my readers have said, "Wouldn't it be nice if we could have leaders like they had in the Revolutionary times?" To them, I say, "If you want leaders of that standing and those qualities, it's up to you to find them." In a sense, this nostalgia for the past paralyzes the ability of ordinary people today to create a just and equitable society for all. Waiting for a George Washington is simply an excuse for inaction.