The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History

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CHAPTER 5
Your Superexcellent Age

CHRONICLING A GATHERING ON THE COMMON—THE
CURIOUS HISTORY OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE—
COMMON SENSE—INDEPENDENCE—THE EVACUATION OF
BOSTON—AN ATTEMPT TO STEAL THE BICENTENNIAL—SOME
VEXING REMARKS MADE BY THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF
ALASKA—AN AGE OF PAINE—THE FATES OF OUR SEVERAL
CHARACTERS—AND A SURPRISING PROPHECY

Boston Common was lined with vendors the day the Tea Party Express drove into town, on April 14, 2010. You could buy: “Fox News Fan” T-shirts; “Tea Party Tea”; “Don’t Tread on Me” flags; “Straight Pride” signs; a pin that read

Spell-Check
says
OBAMA is
OSAMA;

a tote bag picturing a revolver and the caption “An Armed Society Is a Polite Society”; and, at a special day-of-the-rally discount, a copy of “The Constitution Made Easy.” Christen Varley’s Coalition for Marriage staffed a table. George and John Egan and Patrick Humphries were passing out Boston Tea Party information at two different tents. Scott Brown

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Prologue - Party like It's 1773 1
  • Chapter 1 - Ye Olde Media 20
  • Chapter 2 - The Book of Ages 43
  • Chapter 3 - How to Commit Revolution 70
  • Chapter 4 - The Past upon Its Throne 98
  • Chapter 5 - Your Superexcellent Age 126
  • Epilogue - Revering America 152
  • Afterword to the - Paperback Edition 167
  • Acknowledgments 177
  • Notes 179
  • Index 209
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