Judson Phillips

There is a reason why Obama wants to keep children on their parents insurance until they are 26. There is a reason why unemployment helps him. In fact, every time an American gives up on the idea that he or she can succeed in life by virtue of hard work and discipline, Obama wins. Why? Because his entire ideology and political strategy rests on the idea that when Americans lose faith in themselves, they will turn to the government for help. As Obama's attack dog Rahm Emanuel famously put it, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Only when they lose everything do Americans give up their freedom and turn to the government to manage their lives.

This, in a nutshell explains why things have become so bad since Obama took over. It's not a question of destroying the economy for its own sake; it's about getting Americans to renounce their famous self-reliance. Because once he and his Democrat allies create a generation totally dependent on the government, liberty dies. Ben Franklin said that those who trade liberty for security get neither, and this is perhaps more true in economics than anywhere else. Once we give up our economic freedom for government dependence, our entire system becomes oriented around a government that controls everything. Then, when what remains of the private economy withers away, the government collapses in a pile of debt. If you want a taste of this future, just look at the anarchy taking place in Greece where the endgame of government dependence is playing itself out in riots, chaos and anarchy.

This is the Obama dream for America.

It should not be difficult to make this election a referendum on this vision, but sadly the Republicans are proving incapable of communicating what is at stake this year. Effectively communicated, this is the message that crushes the Democrats; certainly it resonates with anyone who loves freedom, can't find a job, has kids in college, or wants their children to inherit a strong future. In other words, most Americans. Everyone is feeling the pain of the Obama economy, so it's just a matter of framing the issue. And as with so many elections throughout history, this challenge comes down to a single, pointed question:

So are your kids better off now than they were six years ago?

Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the Associate Director for TheTeaParty.net. He is also 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 trade, Judson became active in Republican politics after the 1980 presidential election. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson has served in various capacities on committees for two different county parties, as well as running for local office as a Republican in 2002.

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.”

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website (teapartynation.com), writes several daily columns for TheTeaParty.net, 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.