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Judson Phillips

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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Scott Veley of Kensington, Conn. holds a Gadsden flag during a tea party protest at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, April 15, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) **FILE**

There will never be a liberal Tea Party

Power is the drug liberals live for and now they are going through the agony of withdrawal. That's why a liberal answer to the Tea Party will never succeed. Published January 7, 2017

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Obama may get the U.S. out of the U.N.

Even as the waning days of the Obama regime are upon us, the spectacular level of its incompetence remains consistent. The Republican Party should jump for joy and always remember the truism, "Never complain about incompetent opposition. They could get better." Published December 30, 2016

In this July 12, 2016, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin takes questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Why the GOP needs to fulfill Trump's tax pledge

George H.W. Bush's famous quote, "Read my lips. No new taxes," became the quote most associated with his presidency. But by 1991, he had broken that pledge and voters never forgave him for it. Published December 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in West Allis, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Will Trump Revolution drain the swamp?

In early 1981, as Ronald Reagan prepared to become the 40th President of the United States, people were already haling the Reagan Revolution. Liberals screamed at President Reagan's appointees, even though the only one who was remotely controversial was Interior Department nominee, James Watt. Watt was controversial because he was a conservative and the left thought they owned the Department of the Interior. Published December 14, 2016

Emad Salem, 43, the confidential informant in an alleged bombing plot, June 17, 1993 in Jersey City, N.J. Escorting blind Muslim clericSheik Omar Abdul-Rahman at a news conference at the Sheik' s apartment In Jersey City . (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)

Christmas comes on Jan. 20

By Jan. 20, President Obama will be gone and President-elect Donald Trump will have the opportunity to lead America for four or possibly eight years. But there is still a month and a half left for Mr. Obama to do as much damage has he can on the way out. Published December 4, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Is it time to give Donald Trump a chance?

In less than three weeks, the euphoria has faded and the reality of leading is setting in. Some people who were adamant Trump supporters are now complaining about his decisions. Now the cries abound on social media that President-elect Trump has "betrayed" his base. Published November 27, 2016

Students at the University of Texas at Austin lead a protest down to Congress Bridge Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Hundreds of University of Texas students march through downtown Austin in protest of Donald Trump's presidential victory. (Joshua Guerra/The Daily Texan via AP)

Stop funding college-campus nanny state

The last ballots had not even been counted when the left went bat guano crazy. Liberals rioted in the streets. On college campuses, colleges and universities offered "counseling" for students shocked by the results. Published November 13, 2016

Longtime Clinton ally James Carville said Monday that FBI Director James Comey's bombshell letter to lawmakers last week was a concerted effort by the FBI and House Republicans to "hijack an election." (MSNBC)

A tale of two parties

The 2016 race for the presidency will go down as the most unbelievable election in the history of the United States. The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has turned nasty. But even more than turning nasty, it has shown a fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals. Published November 1, 2016

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a product event, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Google launched an aggressive challenge to Apple and Samsung, introducing its own new line of smartphones called Pixel, which are designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls "Google Assistant." The new phones represent a big, new push by Google to sell its own consumer devices, instead of largely just supplying software for other manufacturers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

When fascism comes to America

When fascism comes to America, it will be adorned with corporate logos. Liberal fascism is taking over America and its proponents are corporations. Published October 12, 2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence "is the most conservative vice presidential nominee" in 50 years, according to the American Conservative Union. (Associated Press)

The Party of Stupid

There are few names that really stick to the Republican Party like the Party of Stupid. The GOP really should trademark that name. Published October 5, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at the Downtown Toledo Train Station in Toledo, Ohio, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Comrade Clinton and the Trump taxes

Early in last week's presidential debate, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, along with her debate partner and alleged moderator Lester Holt, raised the issue of Donald Trump's tax returns. Published October 3, 2016

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry addresses the crowd at Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File) **FILE**

The People's Republic of Nashville

Few people would think anyone would start calling Nashville, the "People's Republic of Nashville." Unfortunately, Nashville is not the conservative city most people think it is. Published September 20, 2016

President-elect Barack Obama, left, stands with Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, at a news conference in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Obama gives away the internet and, with it, our liberty

It is no great shock that President Obama does not like American control of the internet. The internet was an American invention and America shared it with the world. American values of freedom and liberty created the Internet and allowed it to flourish. Now, in one of his last acts, Obama wants to destroy the Internet. Published September 13, 2016

Gary Johnson won the party's presidential nomination on the second ballot with 55.8 percent of the delegate vote, giving him a second shot at the presidency after winning about 1.72 million votes as the party's candidate in 2012. (Associated Press)

Let Gary Johnson debate

On Sept. 7, NBC and MSNBC will present an event called The Commander in Chief forum. While there is some irony in this forum being hosted by the "Karl Marx Channel," there is a huge problem with this forum and the subsequent debates planned for this fall. Published August 30, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) **FILE**

The Republican Maginot line

While the GOP is busy fighting the last war, a new war is upon them and the Republican establishment is ill prepared to deal with it. The new war is the Trump war. Published August 23, 2016

The coming purge of conservative lawyers

America has a noble tradition of lawyers standing up for unpopular causes. John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence, defended British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre. Lawyers have stood up though out the history of the Republic and have not been shy about offering their opinions. Published August 15, 2016

Republican and Democratic party symbols

The fall of political-party dominance

Both political parties are looking to the sky at the bright shiny objects hurtling towards them. And like the dinosaurs of ancient earth, they are looking at their doom. Published August 3, 2016

Tea party-candidate Joe Carr, Tennessee Republican, is running against Sen. Lamar Alexander. (Photo: Joe Carr campaign for Senate)

The Dave Brat of 2016

Two years ago, people who read my columns in The Washington Times heard something they were not hearing about anyplace else. The sitting House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, was in trouble and would be beaten in his primary. Published July 27, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A Republican without a party

On a beautiful October day in 1972, I went out with some others to put out yard signs for Richard Nixon. Published July 22, 2016