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Strange Brew: How the Tea Party Distorts the Constitution
Constitutional Accountability Center has launched a series of articles, here at Text & History, which examines claims made by the Tea Party and its most prominent allies about the Constitution and put them to the test against the Constitution’s text and history.
The series, entitled Strange Brew: The Constitution According to the Tea Party, draws upon the words of our nation’s charter, constitutional debates and other legislative history, and the best constitutional scholarship available. The goal of the series is to ensure that, as Americans engage in conversations and debates about the Constitution, we are all on the same page about what our Constitution says and what it doesn’t.
Our Strange Brew series was launched with the release of a new CAC Issue Brief entitled “Setting the Record Straight: The Tea Party and the Constitutional Powers of the Federal Government.” This Issue Brief, written by CAC’s Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra and CAC’s Human and Civil Rights Director David Gans, takes on the Tea Partiers’ central claim: that our country’s Founders established a sharply limited, weak national government, incapable of addressing national problems like the health care crisis in America. The entries in these series are presented below in chronological order.