Even if you're a Tea Party naysayer, you have to give the movement credit for stoking interest in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the writings of the Founding Fathers. (I recently re-read both of those documents and much of the 5,000 Year Leap).
"...The pocket edition of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence ranked 10th on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) best-seller list in March.
Since September 2009, the GPO has sold more than 8,700 copies of the pocket Constitution to the public, according to GPO spokesman Gary Somerset. That is a higher sell rate than in recent years..." (Read the whole story)
And have you taken a look at the Amazon best seller list lately?
In the Top 25 we find George Washington's Sacred Fire, The Real George Washington, Samuel Adams: A Life and a Glenn Beck book that hasn't even been released yet.
In the Top 50 there's: The Five Thousand Year Leap, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion, To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
The Top 75 has: The Real Thomas Jefferson, Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
And in the Top 100: Separation of Church & State: What the Founders Meant, and The Real Benjamin Franklin.
That's a pretty amazing list for a country everyone likes to deem as dumb... So I call on academia and all the haters to give credit where it's due and to thank the Tea party movement and Glenn Beck for reviving interest in our founding documents and the men that crafted them... That can never be a bad thing...right?