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The Tea Party Five Years Later: Five Major Contributions, Five Lessons Still to Learn

Five years ago on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2009), I organized the first Tallahassee Tea Party at the historic Florida Capitol. It wasn’t my first tea party. I had actually been inspired by my friends Brendan Steinhauser, J.P. Freire, and John O’Hara. They had worked with Michele Malkin to host the first tea party […]

Perceptions of Freedom in China and the United States (Part 5)

Part Five: It Felt Like Freedom Other than my brother’s rough experience getting a visa and the inability to access social media websites like Facebook, we spent twelve great days in China. During that time, things felt comparable to being in the United States. We moved about wherever we wanted. I paused a number of […]

Perceptions of Freedom in China and the United States (Part Four)

Part Four: The Forbidden City of Facebook In China, there is a different story about political freedom and the freedom of the press than there is in the United States. In China, the average citizen cannot even access some “foreign” websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. While we were in China, we could access just […]

Perceptions of Freedom in China and the United States (Part Three)

Part Three: Fear of the Media The entire episode of my brother’s travel visa to China being delayed and limited due to him being a member of the media was the first lesson we learned about the fear that authoritarian governments have about not only the free press, but about freedom in general. Perhaps this […]

Perceptions of Freedom in China and the United States (Part Two)

Part Two: Check Your Press Credentials at the Consulate As we prepared to go to China, one thing we discovered we would need is not only a U.S. passport (which we already had from previous trips abroad), but also a travel visa. This isn’t required for a simple two-week vacation in Europe. But just to […]

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