GOP: The party of ingratitude

Ingratitude is a terrible affliction, especially for a political party. For Republicans, it could be a fatal disease. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON. August 1, 2013 — If the Democrats are the Party of Treason, then the Republicans are the Party of Ingratitude.

Tuesday night on Fox News, in a rare interview, Rush Limbaugh said the Republican Party establishment does not like the tea party because they cannot control the tea party. 

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The Republican ingratitude towards the tea party gets even worse. John McCain, in an interview reported on yesterday in The Washington Times, said the tea party was damaging the Republican Party.

Maybe the Republican Party needs some damaging.

Perhaps it is time to remind McCain of a little history.

In 2006 and 2008, under the leadership of John McCain and the Republican establishment, the GOP was on the political endangered species list. We could compare the Republicans in those elections to General Custer at Little Big Horn, except Custer fared better than the Republican Party.

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Then came 2010 and the tea party movement. The Republican Party not only picked up the majority in the House of Representatives, but the election saw the largest shift in seats in Congress in the last 100 years.

Sane people would have been grateful for what the tea party did. But no one ever said the Republican leadership is sane. Instead of expressing gratitude for the tea party movement, in 2012, they all but banished the tea parties. 

The tea parties were not even mentioned at the Republican Convention. Mitt Romney was the anti-tea party candidate.

And look what happened.

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Many members of the tea party stayed home and President Obama, who should have been easily defeated, instead got a second term.

No one has ever accused McCain of being the sharpest knife in the drawer, but perhaps the Republicans should look at history. In three of the last four elections, the Republicans embraced the establishment over conservatives or the tea party and what happened? The GOP got killed in those three elections. Only in the election where the Republicans embraced the tea party did the GOP see anything that approached victory.

If it were not for the tea party movement, the Republican Party would be totally dead.

How does the Republican Party show its gratitude?

The tea party has an agenda. It is fairly simple. The tea party wants Obamacare defunded.  The tea party wants spending cut. The tea party opposes amnesty. 

How is the Republican Party thanking the tea party for its support?

Spending under Speaker John Boehner is greater than it was when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker. Boehner and the GOP have surrendered time after time on spending and the debt ceiling. Instead of seriously trying to do something about Obamacare, they have repeatedly passed meaningless resolutions they knew would accomplish nothing.

Now RINOs like McCain, “Bailout” Bob Corker and “Liberal” Lamar Alexander are actively working against any effort to defund Obamacare as a part of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. 

When the Republican Party decided it wanted to be Democrat-lite, the conservative base, before the tea party came into being in 2009, decided to stay home. 

If the Republican Party wants to be simply liberal-lite and ignore the conservative base, conservative have proven they will simply stay home.

What would happen if you gave a political party and no one showed up to vote?

If the Republican Party does not change its attitude and start embracing a tea party agenda, it is about to find out.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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