PHILLIPS: John Boehner's inability to lead the agenda deficit GOP

As the House considers Amnesty, House Republicans fear John Boehner will cave and surrender again. Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON,  July 22, 2013.  – John Boehner is the embodiment of the old truism, “If you can’t be a good example, at least be a horrible warning.”  He is a horrible warning of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party.  He leads clutching his white flag of surrender, waiving it across the aisle often. 

Boehner has a track record of caving to the Democrats every time there is a fight and Conservatives are terrified of what John Boehner may do next. And they should be. 

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John Boehner is under tremendous pressure to cave on amnesty and he is representative of the much deeper problem of the GOP.  The GOP is clueless. The GOP has no agenda.

There is another old truism.  ”If you don’t know where you are going, you better be careful because you might not get there.”

The Republican Party has no clue as to where it is going  and leader John Boehner’s only agenda seems to be retaining the Speaker’s chair.

If you look at the Republican Party of today and look at what we consider the glory days of the Republican Party, there is one massive difference that stands out. No, it is not that the Republican leaders of the Reagan revolution or the Gingrich revolution were conservative. 

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Yes, they were and that helps. But the real story is that the GOP had an agenda and they had a plan. Today’s Republican Party has neither.

Yesterday on CBS’ Face the Nation, Boehner refused to state whether he supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens or whether he would bring an amnesty bill to the floor of the House that has a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. Why did he refuse?

To quote Boehner, “I”m not going to predict what’s going to be on the floor and what’s not going to be on the floor. I can’t do that and I don’t want to do that. My job in this process is to facilitate a discussion.”

Unfortunately Speaker Boehner,  your job is to lead.  Only you are not a leader.  You may be a good politician, as evidenced by the fact that you were not only elected to Congress but became Speaker, but I am sorry, Mr. Speaker, you are not a leader.

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Leaders have objectives, goals and plans.  And you  John Boehner are 0 for 3 in that department.

Barack Obama has been very successful for the last four and a half years in trying to tear down the greatest nation in the world while Conservatives wonder why they have been so successful and the answer is simple.  They have a plan.  They are following their plan. 

They have goals and because they have goals, they know how to reach those goals.

Speaker Boehner you are not alone in your dissonance. The Tea Party movement has the same problem in connecting their beliefs and their actions.  

In 2009 and 2010, it was fairly simple for the Tea Party as objectives were simple: Cut spending and stop Obamacare.  

We did not win either of those battles but we were effective in getting Nancy Pelosi taken out of the Speaker’s seat because we knew what we wanted.

If the Republican Party wants to win again it needs an agenda and a plan that does not include compromise core conservative principals. When compromise is the plan, surrender is always the first option.  Being the lesser of two evils isn’t a plan either.

If the GOP wants to be a majority party again, it needs to come up with a conservative agenda.  Just like Ronald Reagan did. Just like Newt Gingrich did. 

Without a defined conservative agenda, the GOP will never be a majority party again. And John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender gently flying in the warm breezes of the Potomac is not helping.  

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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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