It is time for the Tea Party to become a political party

After four years of working with the Republican Party, the Tea Party has nothing to show for it. It is time for something new. Photo: Judson Phillips

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2013 — It is time for the Tea Party to divorce the Republican Party and start its own political party.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and the Tea Party swept into the political vacuum left by the Republican Party in 2009. There was no voice for conservatives. The GOP had surrendered to its big government wing. And because of that, the GOP had been shellacked in 2006 and 2008.

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The GOP would not stand up for conservative principles and the Tea Party was born.

In 2010, the Tea Party swept the Republicans into power in the House of Representatives.

What does the Tea Party have to show for it?

For the last two and a half years, the Tea Party has watched House Speaker John Boehner raise his freshly laundered white flag of surrender time and time again.

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While the Republicans come back home to tell the voters how conservative they are, the truth is quite different.

The Republican leadership has not held the line on spending. They have capitulated repeatedly on the debt ceiling. They have surrendered on taxes.  They have wanted to get along on Amnesty even though it is political suicide.  They have given us meaningless, symbolic votes to repeal Obamacare, while making no real effort to do so. With barely disguised contempt for the base, they have ignored the calls to defund Obamacare. 

Now they are giving the conservative base the middle finger by rushing to war in Syria.

Barack Obama says jump and John Boehner only wants to know, “how high?”

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The Tea Party brought the Republican Party back from the edge of political extinction and how did the GOP thank the Tea Party?

The Republican Establishment worked overtime to make sure the most liberal, establishment Republican in the history of the Party was nominated. The Republican Party owed its continued existence to the Tea Party and at the 2012 Republican Convention, the Tea Party was not even mentioned once.

If insanity is defined as trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, what are we doing continuing to support a Republican Party whose leadership holds the Tea Party base in contempt?

Republicans always tell conservatives that they are the lesser of two evils. They try to scare conservatives, if you don’t vote Republican, the Democrats will take over.

Right now it is hard to see how this would get any worse if the Democrats took over all three branches of government again.

Since 2009, Tea Party activists have been saying we will take over the Republican Party.  Five years on, the Republican Party is acting much more like the Democrat Party than a conservative party.

Ronald Reagan once said, “I did not leave the Democrat Party.  The Democrat Party left me.”  Now, conservatives can say the same thing about the Republican Party.

It is time for a new Tea Party political 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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