Conservatives and the dreaded “C” word.

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WASHINGTON,  December 1, 2013 — There is a “C” word that conservatives dread. Not only do conservatives dread this word, they pillory it.

Conservatives have turned this word into a pejorative.  It is almost an epithet. The word is compromise.

It is a word that conservatives should be leery of. But the problem is not the word compromise. The problem is bipartisan Republicans. 

Bipartisanship is the mantra that mainstream Republicans like to sell to America.  The folly of bipartisanship is the nature of bipartisan compromise and the fear of partisanship.

Partisanship is simply acting on the principle that your beliefs and principles are superior to the other guy’s principles. There is the problem. Moderates have no principles. 

Liberals have principles. Conservatives have principles. What about moderates? We have heard of far right conservatives, far left liberals - the deeply in the center moderates?

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They are the banality of bureaucracy. They have no principles and do not particularly care about anything as long as the trains run on time.  That is why moderates have no great desire to fight Obamacare.

They do not care about the issues of freedom and liberty as long as the trains to a bigger bureaucracy run on time. 

Compromise has become such a dirty word for conservatives because of the practitioners of bipartisanship. Since the mavens of bipartisanship have no principles, compromise means nothing to them. Compromise is always the goal of bipartisanship.

Remember, when compromise is your goals, surrender is always your first option.

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Compromise can be and is a viable and even excellent political strategy. Liberals learned this a long time ago.

There is nothing wrong with a compromise as long as it advances your goals.  Ronald Reagan understood compromise and took advantage of it when it advanced his goals. 

In 1981, when the Reagan tax cuts were proposed, they were originally a 30% tax cut. The tax cuts were to be 10% a year over three years. The Party of Taxation and Treason objected to the severity of the tax cuts. 

Ronald Reagan did not stamp his foot and say my way or the highway. He said, “okay,” and reduced the last year of the Reagan tax cuts in half and America ended up with a 25% tax cut instead of a 30% cut.

Would it have been better to have a 30% tax cut or even greater?


But Reagan advanced his agenda.  Taxes were cut and the economy grew and America prospered.

The misuse of compromise is just another reason why we have to get rid of these moderate Republicans. Conservatives need to change their vocabulary. 

It isn’t compromise that is the enemy. It is bipartisanship, because our ideas are better, our ideas win and when we have the best ideas, surrender is not an option.

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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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