Tea Party message to new Speaker
January 6th, 2011
09:52 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party message to new Speaker

(CNN) - A warning Thursday from a Tea Party movement leader to new House Speaker John Boehner.

"As you get down to work, there are a few things to remember. You did not become Speaker because America suddenly fell in love with you or the Republican Party. You became Speaker because America, led by the Tea Party, repudiated Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the party of socialism," writes Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, a national Tea Party organization that's based in Tennessee.

As to what Tea Party activists want the new Congress to do, Phillips writes: "First, STOP SPENDING MONEY!"

Phillips ends his letter by predicting that Boehner has two choices: "You can simply be a nice guy and compromise on legislation and the agenda. And you might not be speaker in two years. Or you can stand firm for a strong conservative agenda. If you fight, it will be a bloody fight, but when you look at the great leaders of the past, they did not compromise. They fought. What will it be? Do you have the Reagan in you?"

Phillips founded Tea Party Nation in 2009. It runs a social networking site with what it says are around 40,000 members. The group is best know for holding the first National Tea Party convention, in Nashville, Tennessee in February 2010. The convention came under criticism by others in the movement because of Tea Party Nation's for profit status at the time.

Phillips' comments come one day after Mark Meckler, one of the leaders of the Tea Party Patriots, termed as an "absolute joke" word that House Republicans would not be able to cut $100 billion from this year's federal budget.

The Republicans, thanks in part to strong support from Tea Party activists, won a net gain of 63 seats in the House in November's midterm elections, taking back control of the chamber.


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  1. Sniffit

    "America, led by the Tea Party"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Riiiiiight. Overreach much? Given the abysmal 41% turnout at the polls, I think it's safe to say that the real reason is that between the GOP's antics, the Teatard's hissy fits and the Dems' utterly ineffectual messaging and capitulation, the REAL reason the GOP took over is because most of the people who really didn't want the GOP to take over were just too d-mn disgusted with the whole lot of them and too disheartened to bother voting. They'll be learning their lesson the hard way for the next 2 years. The Teatards helped keep the GOP's base and right-leaning independents motivated, however. They didn't "lead America." They led the far right, and benefitted from a dirth of motivating political leadership on the left.

    January 6, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Boo

    Never been a Tea Party member but God Bless them. I have to laugh at all the liberals who smeared and scoffed at them and then got their head handed to them. It is trully a David vs Goliath thing and they may be the only reason things get turned around. Obama sure woulld not have extended the tax rates and there is no way he would abate spending without pressure.

    January 6, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Bill Graham in Jacksonville, FL

    I'll be damned if I'm going to stand by and let the TEA Party claim they speak for me as an American. They do not represent me, and I want to make that absolutely clear. I'm sick and tired of these people saying America want politicians to enact their agenda, when they know they represent an exclusive set of right-wing interests. I am just as American as they are, just as patriotic, just as successful in life and just as informed on American history and politics. I'd like to know what percentage of these so-called patriots served in the military. I did, and so did many other Democrats and liberals. Futhermore, I do not seek handouts or live off the hard work of others, but I do think America needs to exercise responsibility toward its less fortunate citizens. I've read the TEA Party platform, and I am not impressed that it will enhance our national security, result in a growing economy or create more jobs. The TEA Party platform is does not match reality with expectations. We're about to find that out in an unmistakable way, but I'd like to know how many other Americans feel the way I do? Do you resent the TEA Party claiming to speak for you as an American?

    January 6, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. The Other Dale

    The Tea Party's new slogan – "Oppose us and we will crush you!" It worked so well for the Communists in the USSR after all.

    Phillips seems to be under the delusion that the Republicans really care about anything he has to say. Doesn't he yet realize that all they wanted was the votes of the delusional people in the Tea Party? Heck, they're already breaking promises because it doesn't matter now that they're in office. Thanks, suckers.

    January 6, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. kmp

    What they propose is a little easier sitting in thier buses and being funded by the likes of Armney. Once they are faced with the real reality of the beast they will realize cutting where they want isn't going to happen. If they truly are to be fiscal conservatives then they are going to have to stop cutting taxes. You cannot run a country on borrowed money. Taxes need to be raised along with cutting spending in areas that they say are the table like defense. That is the biggest cash cow in this country and I bet you could easily find a 10 billion that is wasted on defense spending.

    January 6, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. PalmReader

    Come now, surely the TeaPers aren't dense enough to misunderstand how duped they were by Boehner, Cantor, Pence, and Company? It's not as if it wasn't the talk of the town long before the election results were in. Get over it, TeaPers, and move on. In 2012 you all will have the same opportunity to feed into the same lies, and once again will spend your money trying to elect the same candidates who tell you what you want to hear, regardless of truth or honor.

    January 6, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. DIANA

    It's going to be so much fun watching them tear each other apart. All the Democrats have to do is sit back and watch the train wreck. Especially when the idiots realize they've been duped.

    January 6, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    "You did not become Speaker because America suddenly fell in love with you or the Republican Party."
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    This statement is probably more arrogant than it needed to be. The Republican Party has had a solid conservative platform since long before the Tea Party came around. It just made sense to more people in contrast to the irresponsible and ineffective spending from the Democratic Administration and Congress since 2008. As well, Americans were shocked by the total disregard the Democrats displayed for public opinion and the partisan stance of a sitting President.

    January 6, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Jaywing

    Thinking America's message to the Tea Party - we now see what you are, and what you stand for, and we are disgusted and appauled at your ignorance, your racism, and your narrow-minded, half-witted candidates. Your time in the spotlight is over. You will now shrink into insignificance - consigned to a footnote in American politicical life. Bye!

    January 6, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Lolo

    You get what you voted for. The Republicans and tea partiers are one and the same. Can't wait until they start crying just like Bonehead. The kies that were put out there are coming back to bite you. They made promises just to get elected. This is what they get. I will never vote republican or tea party. They are a cult of liars and thieves. They want to waste money on repealing the health care, so tell me how is that reducing the budget? They want to create jobs again, but not for the American people. The jobs are going overseas. I just cringe to see how dumb these people are. See the poor, uneducated ones who voted for them again were shafted again. Corporate America is the Republican and Tea Partiers bosses.

    January 6, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Jesus

    After all the lies of the Bush administration, Obama was able to easily sell his package of lies – America has since realized he's one of the lamest liar fakes around and chose to bring back the Publos – who, surprise, surprise were selling a pack of lies as well – My question is this – how can this country trust in anyone, Republican or Democrat when they start campaigning and selling a whole new basket of lies to US this year in the run-up to 2012? – NO MORE LIES NO MORE LIES NO MORE LIES NO MORE LIES

    January 6, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Lolo

    I meant to say the lies that were put out there are coming back to bite you.

    January 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. TomInRochNY

    Wasn't Reagan called the Great Compromiser?

    January 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Don

    This is kind of funny, since he mentions Reagan, yet doesn't realize the man compromised routinely. Which seems to fit with the Tea Partiers lack of knowledge of history and the Constitution.

    Now what's intersting is he seems to both take credit for victory, and demand that they act only ways he approves or else. No matter how complety unrealistic his goals are. A guarantee of failure.

    I've said all along that I expect the Tea Party to be marganalized quickly and that sure seems to be happening. What will be interesting is if we see them basically become a third, even further right, party.

    January 6, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Griff

    "Do you have the Reagan in you?"
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but every time Reaganomics and the like have been brought into play, we've suffered quite heavily for it (compare the economy under Bush sr., then Clinton, then W. Who did the best for us?)

    I'm quite boggled by the way Reagan is held up as a conservative godling. The best Republican President we ever had was Lincoln.

    January 6, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Tea Party words were never more true Mister Speaker. You and the Republicans need to be reminded that we the people helped the Republicans gain control of the house. We the Tea Partiers are only going to get stronger. We will eventually replace the Democratic party and they will not be contenders anymore. You the Republicans had better govern for the peoples desires. And our desire is to run this country by the Constitution honor the flag and it's National Antheum. Keep mfgs. in the States and if need be cut all trade agreements with countries who do not care whether we wither or die. Especially Mexico who the government has let run amok. We have laws. ABIDE BY THEM. THIS IS ALL WE ASK.

    January 6, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Kevin

    Judson Phillips to me is a JOKE! Placing demands on the Speaker of the House, John Boehner. The Tea Party may be quote " Up and coming" but, for how long. Once the majority of America get to see, how the Tea Party works in Congress, with threats and inuendos, the majority of America will denounce their existence and say bye bye in 2 years. John Boehner will still be here.

    January 6, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. kyle

    He didn't say stop spending when they passed tax cuts for the rich, or starting two unpaid for wars.

    January 6, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Knucklehead

    When Phillips says "do not compromise," you see what kind of American he really is. He wants to fight, not fix. I'll fight him anytime, anywhere. I won't compromise, I'll bring it to him on his terms and leave him a bloody pulp. Bring it!

    January 6, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. vic nashville tn

    Go tea party we need you

    January 6, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Wake Up Call

    Well there ya have it...the 100 billion was mentioned half a dozen times in the "Plan for America" and the GOP is scrambling for cover after breaking the plan (within 24 hours). Even Greta at FOX is calling 'em out as they attempt to eliminate any procedural transparency in the legislative process (within 24 hours). GOP is bad for America.

    January 6, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess they don't care what money isn't being spent as long as none of it is. Do they care about the people who need the government's help? If these tea baggers really had some charitable spirit in them, they would be working to support the communities that have people in need (support homeless shelters and food banks to start).

    January 6, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Lynmarbro

    Bull! the Tea Party does not speak for me. If the Republicans don't do what many Americans want, they will be booted out in the next election. I certainly DO NOT want the health care bill to be repealed. I don't object to Congress making some reasonable changes, but there are too many good things in the bill that should remain.
    Will the Republicans have the courage to change the filibuster rules so one senator can no longer hold up all legislation? will they vote to get rod of the "secret holds" that have been abused by both parties. The Democrats, and some brave Republicans are trying to make good changes regarding these issues. Secret holds are very un-American!

    January 6, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. sane citizen

    "Do you have the Reagan in you?"

    What a joke. If Reagan were alive and up for re-election today, the TeaPee'ers would be targeting him because he wouldn't be "right" enough for them!

    January 6, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. SA in OO

    IF Boehner actually does "have the Reagan in [him]", then he will find ways to compromise to advance his agenda.

    Do any of these people actually read history, or are they simply happy to continue in their ignorance and mis-quote it?

    January 6, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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