PHILLIPS: Get politicians' attention: Occupy the Capitol

Washington politicians don't listen to America. It's time to get their attention. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, August 8, 2013 — Since 2009, the Tea Party movement has been at the forefront of conservative politics. The tea parties have held rallies, conventions, protests and almost every imaginable type of event to try to influence Washington.

Most of Washington does not want to listen to the Tea Party. Most of the Republican establishment gives the movement lip service, but no more.


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Congress is now in its August recess. It will not return until September 9. When it returns, it will be faced with the two most important issues of our lifetime.

The first is Obamacare. Either Obamacare is defunded by the end of September, or it will never be defunded. 

The second is amnesty for undocumented aliens.

The Republicans are already working overtime to sell conservatives out on amnesty.


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The only way they will see the light is if they feel the heat.

On September 9, when Congress returns, every conservative American who can should be in Washington to greet them.

This welcome back party should not be a rally. There have been enough rallies to last a lifetime. There have been far too many speakers and far too little action. 

The tea party has been called a leaderless movement. Now it is time for a leaderless event.


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On September 9, every American who can get to Washington should be there with the intent of meeting with their Congressman and their Senators. If this leaderless event works, few if any will get to see their Congressman or Senators because there will be too many people to get in to see the politicians. 

For conservatives, this really is the end of the line. If the Republicans in the House of Representatives fold and do not defund Obamacare and then compromise on amnesty, then we will have lost.

If John Boehner raises his freshly laundered white flag of surrender, as he has already indicated he wants to do, America is finished.

There is one thing that politicians understand. That is the wrath of an angry electorate. 

In his classic treatise “The Prince,” Nicolo Machiavelli advised it was better for a prince to be feared than to be loved. It is better for an electorate to be feared as well.

The politicians in Washington are listening to their consultants and their big-dollar fundraisers who are telling them that shutting the government down over Obamacare is a losing issue, and that if the GOP doesn’t pass amnesty, it will never win the Hispanic vote.

Politicians listen to these people when the people at home are silent. Nature and politics both abhor a vacuum. When there is a vacuum of input from the people back home, the politicians are all too willing to listen to the so-called “experts” inside the Washington beltway.

A huge number of angry Americans greeting them on their return to Washington on September 9 is a message that they will not be able to ignore. It is a message their big dollar donors will not be able to counter.

If conservatives fail this time, there is no next time. 

On Monday, September 9, it is time for conservatives to occupy the Capitol.


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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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