The real Republican problem

The Republican Party has a problem that is putting it on the political endangered species list. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 ― The Republican Party is again in the political equivalent of intensive care. It is back on the endangered species list. 

This is nothing unusual for the GOP. Like a patient suffering from a severe and perhaps incurable illness, it is back in the hospital again. The next of kin are debating what to do if the GOP takes a turn for the worse. Do we try heroic measures or simply allow it to pass quickly and quietly?


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The Republican Party has two major problems. The first is a massive case of Potomac Fever.

Frontier Labs did a research study and looked at the issue of why Republicans are leaving the Party. They came up with some amazing but obvious answers. Republicans are tired of being told the GOP is the lesser of two evils. People do not like evil, either lesser or greater evil.

People do not like being lied to, and that is one of the huge reasons people are leaving the Republican Party. Time after time, the Party faithful are told the Republicans are the conservative party and will push a conservative agenda. When these Republican leaders get to Washington, they do just the opposite of what they promised. Marco Rubio, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte are some of the most recent examples. All campaigned in their last election against amnesty for illegal immigrants and now have turned around and voted for amnesty. 

Republicans have another problem, almost as large as their evil and dishonesty problems: What do they stand for today?


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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s website features his hashtag “#makinglifework.” How about a responding hashtag, “#WTF?” 

Whatever else anyone wants to say about the Democrats, there is no doubting what they stand for and what their agenda is. As for the Republicans, no one has a clue. America has a greater chance of finding Jimmy Hoffa’s body than we do of finding a Republican agenda for America.

Addicts cannot recover until they hit rock bottom. The first step for recovery is to admit you have a problem. The second step is absolute brutal honesty.

If the Republican Party is to survive, it must make some real changes. If it is worthy of survival, it must make changes.


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First, the Party has to drop the lesser of two evils mentality and adopt a policy of honesty. Republicans must run on a platform, and when a Republican breaks his word and turns his back on his promises, there must be consequences. For Republicans in Congress, that means if they promise they will vote against something like amnesty and lie to the people they represent, then the Party must strip them of their positions within the Party and the Congress. 

If Republicans want to run on policies like amnesty or tax increases, let them. And if they get elected and vote that way, the people of their state voted that way. But if a Republican lies, promising to vote against bigger government then doing the opposite, the Party must enforce discipline.

Finally, the GOP has to decide what it stands for. If it is going to be the conservative party that it claims to be, then elected Republicans must support conservative policies.

A bad plan is better than no plan at all, and that is what we have: The Democrats have a bad plan, and the Republicans have no plan at all.

Either the GOP changes now or we can start planning the funeral for the Republican Party. Those in the Republican establishment who do not believe that is possible should remember, there is an open plot in the political graveyard.

And it’s located right next to the Whig Party.


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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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