PHILLIPS: Opposed to taxes, Obamacare, abortion Why conservatives fail

The left is winning and conservatives are losing. Why? Photo: AP Photo

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2013 — By all rights, America should be entering a golden era of conservatism. This should be the second coming of Ronald Reagan. 

As America headed into 2012, it was mired in the Great Obama Depression. This was 1979 all over again. The economy was in the tank. America had an incompetent liberal President, who bowed to foreign leaders as if America were a second rate nation. Could anyone believe it when Barack Obama practically begged Russian President Dmitri Medvedyev to ask Russian leader Vladimir Putin to give him time until the election and after the election, he could be more “flexible”?


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Yet Obama won reelection.

His signature piece of legislation, “Obamacare” is now about to be fully implemented without any serious effort by the Republicans to stop it.

Why is the left winning, almost effortlessly, while the conservative movement is in chaos?

There is one simple thing that the left is doing that conservatives are not doing. Whether they intend it or not, they are taking a page from the founding fathers. Ben Franklin famously said, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”


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The left is succeeding and conservatism is not is because the left has an agenda. Not only does the left have an agenda, but it is a positive agenda. Positive does not mean it is good for America, but they are saying what they want to accomplish. The Tea Party movement and conservatives are great at talking about what they oppose. Right now conservatives are not offering a positive agenda as an alternative.

Many conservatives say, “Our agenda is liberty, freedom and the Constitution.” That’s not an agenda. Those are slogans.

The left has an agenda. They want single payer healthcare. They want amnesty for illegal immigrants. They want to raise taxes. They want to create a massive, dependent welfare class that will keep them in power.

Conservatives oppose all of those things, but what do conservatives offer instead?

Rush Limbaugh said after the election that Mitt Romney was competing against a guy who offered “free stuff” and that is why he lost. No, Romney was a candidate without a real agenda who was competing against a candidate with an agenda and a plan. 

Conservatives revere Ronald Reagan. Reagan did more to advance the conservative agenda than anyone in the previous century. 

How did he do it?

Reagan had a positive plan for what he wanted to achieve. He wanted to defeat communism. He wanted to reduce taxes. He wanted to make America the world’s superpower.

He did all of those things.

In 1994, Newt Gingrich swept Republicans into power in the House of Representatives. He had an agenda and it was called the Contract with America. He was very successful despite dealing with Bill Clinton. 

What is the conservative agenda for today?

No one can really articulate one because the conservative movement as a whole is not articulating an agenda. What positive goals does the conservative movement have?

Right now, the answer is none.

The left has an agenda and they are rapidly checking the boxes off as they achieve their goals.

If conservatives are to save America from the left, conservatives must come up with a positive agenda that can be shared with the American people. 

In order to win, there must be something to achieve. Either conservatives come together and answer this question quickly or the America of 2020 is going to look very much like Europe.

And that will not be a good thing.


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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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