Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, has been vociferously opposing any raise of the debt limit in the ongoing Capitol Hill debt ceiling negotiations. He demands that Tea Party legislators toe the line or else face electoral challenges as the consequence. According to his ‘scorecard,’ anything less than 100% adherence will earn a legislator a zero credibility rating and the label of “RINO”– “Republican-in-Name-Only.” The following statement of vitriol against Republican party leaders can be found on the front page of his website www.teapartynation.com.
“Boehner and McConnell are the predatory credit card issuers of the Entitlement State, they’re about to renew Obama’s cancelled Mastercard, and they want to saddle America’s grandchildren with all of the bills,” said Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation (www.teapartynation.com), the country’s oldest, largest and most active Tea Party umbrella group.
Phillips’ concern for America’s grandchildren, however, is questionable… Unless those grandchildren are well-heeled property owners. He famously advocates the disenfranchisement of voting rights for everyone except property owners, as the Constitution originally required property ownership in order to vote. This requirement was lifted between 1820 and 1860, and replaced with a tax-paying requirement, which was also later dropped.
Aside from the racist undercurrent of supporting a 150+ year regression in civil rights, Phillips’ stand on voting rights is fundamentally elitist. This disenfranchisement would adversely affect many groups, but especially young college-age voters and renters who live in urban areas… Groups that, SURPRISE, tend to overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic party. But forget about the partisan war or the class war– this is intergenerational war! People under age 40 need to wake up! We’re paying the steepest price for the decadence of the boomer generation– not only the loss of livelihood and loot, but now apparently our very liberties as American citizens as well! Talk about “Taxation without representation!” Listen to his hypocritical argument in the clip below…