Conservatives, tea party not slaves to the GOP

The GOP needs conservatives more than conservatives need the GOP. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 — Are we conservatives slaves to the Republican Party? Are the tea parties subordinate to the GOP?

Every two years the Republican Party comes to conservatives with the same sales pitch: “Vote for the Republican, no matter how bad he or she is, or the Democrat will win. Look what will happen when the Democrat wins.”

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We were told to vote for George H.W. Bush or Michael Dukakis would raise our taxes. We were told to vote for George W. Bush or Al Gore would massively increase government spending and create new welfare programs. We were told to vote for John McCain because Barack Obama would destroy the economy, and we were told the same thing for Mitt Romney.

What has that gotten us?

In 2008, the people of South Carolina were told, vote for Lindsay Graham or the Democrats will do horrible things to America. In 2008, the people of Tennessee were told, vote for Lamar Alexander to help keep the Democrats from getting a supermajority.   

With Lamar Alexander in the Senate, the Democrats don’t need a super majority.

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Republicans campaign at home and claim to be conservative. They say they will stand up to the liberal Democrats. They tell the Republican rank and file that if they do not go out and help them get elected, the Democrats will take over; we will see out of control spending, see the military gutted and see the Democrats vote for amnesty.

The Republican rank and file is panicked into voting for terrible candidates.

Yesterday, fifteen Republicans voted to make it possible for amnesty for illegal immigrants to pass. Many of them ran opposing amnesty. They said, “If you don’t vote for me, you will get the Democrat. How bad will that be?”

If we conservatives had wanted amnesty, we could have just voted for Democrats.

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On election night 2012, a visibly relieved John Boehner told a crowd gathered at the Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, that because Americans had voted to keep the Republicans in power in Washington, spending would be under control and the Republicans would keep fiscal sanity in government.


What had happened in the last two years of Boehner’s term? Spending continued to grow. The debt ceiling was raised yet again. Spending under John Boehner’s speakership went up at a rate greater than when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker.

How many more times are we going to buy the line that electing RINO Republicans is better than electing Democrats? Are we ever going to break our chains to the Republican establishment that turns around and sells us out at the first opportunity?

Would we have been any better off if we had simply stayed away from the polls and let RINOs like Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander go down to defeat? Would the Democrat have had a voting record that was much worse?

If the Republican Party is simply going to be Democrat-lite, then the nation is truly lost.  

The Republican establishment has cracked their whip far too often, warning us if we did not vote for some liberal Republican, a liberal Democrat would take over and it would be far worse. With liberal Republicans like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Lamar Alexander and Marco Rubio calling the shots, it doesn’t look like it could get much worse.

It is time conservatives called the GOP’s bluff.


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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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