Judson Phillips: Tea Party Nation’s very own Goebbels

The far right’s favorite meme is “liberals are nazis.”  When far right idiots like Judson Phillips use this meme, they are applying a principle of  Joseph Goebbels.  Namely, Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.

Glenn Beck also utilized the meme often, even attempting to tie Holocaust Survivor George Soros to nazism.  Like Beck, and others on the far right, Phillips is attempting to muster conversion to his cultish ideology by labeling liberals and anyone to the left of an ideology that more closely resembles Phillips’ belief system.  The fact that Phillips is emulating Goebbels’ propaganda techniques will be missed among the willfully ignorant who identify with the Tea Party Nation.

Once again, it is  time to dispel the the right’s myth with something the Tea Party Nation and its head, Judson Phillips are allergic to: FACTS.  The fact of the matter is while there is an absence of evidence that Judson Phillips would support identical fiscal policies to that of the nazis, there are some interesting parallels between his views on other questions, such as the perceived threat to the continued existence of the white race, attitudes towards gays, disabled people and women, as well as a disdain for the civil rights of ideological opponents. 

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation claimed liberal ideology is responsible for “a billion” deaths over the past century during a raucous rally here Saturday in support of one of the six Republican state senators facing a recall election Tuesday.

“I will tell you ladies and gentlemen, I detest and despise everything the left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me,” said Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips.

Phillips, who a day prior likened protesters of Gov. Scott Walker to Nazi storm troopers, urged a few hundred tea party supporters to turn out for state Sen. Alberta Darling, who is in a ferocious battle with state Rep. Sandy Pasch to hold onto her suburban Milwaukee seat.

Tea Party Nation embraces racial supremacy tendencies

While Phillips doesn’t come right out and say he’s a proud racist, the inference can be drawn from Phillips’ statements.

Exhibit #1. from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights

On March 29, Tea Party Nation sent out an email to TPN members entitled “Destroy the Family, You Destroy the Country!” The email featured an article by Rich Swier, a Tea Party Nation member and a contributing editor to the anti-Muslim group Family Security Matters. Swier mourned the falling birthrate of native-born Americans, and warned that “American culture” will soon perish since the “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) population is headed for extinction.”

Exhibit #2.

Phillips asked Tea Party Nation members to support an opponent of (Keith) Ellison, with this reasoning:

There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison. Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax dollars to terrorists in Gaza.

Exhibit #3

Undaunted by the release of Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate, Phillips adheres to the birther myth.  At this point, the only way one can adhere to the “Obama is a secret Kenyan/Muslim/Marxist” myth is someone who is blinded by a pathelogical  resentment of a black man in the White House.

 In an interview with TPM, Phillips said that he’s “glad” the President released the birth certificate, but he thinks that’s just one part of the greater issue of his “eligibility.” The new question? Whether President Obama is a natural-born citizen since his father was a British subject in Kenya. Another? Whether the President lost his citizenship when he was supposedly adopted by his Indonesian stepfather.

Exhibit #3(b)

Understanding the code of Obama is a Kenyan/Muslim/Marxist espoused by Judson Phillips.

Perhaps the best example of this is the Tea Party Nation and its ringleader, Judson Phillips. Phillips, a DUI defense attorney in Franklin [TN.] who hosted the Tea Party Convention in 2010, recognizes that the real goal here is to undermine trust in Obama and create microtrends among people (mostly racists, extremists, and Ruby Ridge types) that make their extremism palatable to a mainstream audience. Phillips is speaking in code here – and so is Trump, Bachmann, Demint, and the rest.

It is not socially acceptable to call Obama a nigger. So, they call him a socialist, a Muslim, etc….

Racism is not limited to the deep south, either. There’s just as much xenophobia and racism in Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Michigan, and New Hampshire.

Republicans have chosen to capitalize on this with a political strategy that uses code words and fake nontroversies in order to build their opposition – they thrive on the creation of dittoheads and this is just one more pitiful example….

 

The similarities between Judson Phillips and nazism on Gay Rights

Judson Phillips supports the Bachmann position on Gay rights, as reported by Right-Wing Watch

Tea Party Nation has increasingly voiced a militant opposition to gay rights, endorsing activists who maintain that LGBT equality will destroy America and that anti-LGBT bullying is “healthy.” Now, the tea party group’s president Judson Phillips himself is calling on activists to rally behind Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus as they face scrutiny over their clinic’s use of “reparative therapy” and their long opposition to gay rights.

Phillips claims that the gay rights movement is part of a larger “liberal freak show” different from the rest of the country, arguing that “most Americans do not believe homosexuality is a good thing”:

Compare that with Nazi ideology on Gays.

Additionally, the criminalization of homosexuality became an ideological imperative under National Socialism. According to Nazi ideology, homosexuality was “unnatural” and homosexuals were shirking their national duty to establish families. The National Socialists argued that homosexuality was fast becoming a “national epidemic” and that it was leading to the loss of urgently needed offspring. Thus, sex between men was no longer a private matter but rather an act of treason.

Disabled People:

Teabaggers may not have a policy regarding disabled people, as such.  Their attitude is illustrated in this video:

 

 

In terms of policy, consider that the Tea Party favors elimination of medicaid, medicare and social security as we know it.  This is stated in their 10 point platform, as of June 11, 2011.

Put together a commission to provide a plan to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Social Security and Medicaid are rapidly heading towards insolvency. We need a plan to reform these programs.

Hitler also had a policy regarding people who were disabled.  He sent them to death camps, as told by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

AN OPEN SECRET

On July 14, 1933, the German government instituted the “Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases.” This law called for the sterilization of all persons who suffered from diseases considered hereditary, including mental illness, learning disabilities, physical deformity, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, and severe alcoholism. With the law’s passage the Third Reich also stepped up its propaganda against the disabled, regularly labeling them “life unworthy of life” or “useless eaters” and highlighting their burden upon society.

The term “euthanasia” (literally, “good death”) usually refers to the inducement of a painless death for a chronically or terminally ill individual. In Nazi usage, however, “euthanasia” referred to the systematic killing of the institutionalized mentally and physically disabled. The secret operation was code-named T4, in reference to the street address (Tiergartenstrasse 4) of the program’s coordinating office in Berlin.

I’ll grant that Phillips isn’t advocating death camps, but let’s face it, without these programs, people who are disabled will die more quickly.

 Judson Phillips and the nazis on Civil Rights

The common element between Judson Phillips and the Nazis lies in their disdain for the idea that political opponents should enjoy the same civil rights they do.

As always, the ACLU is on the side of America’s enemies. They tried to expose the identity of undercover CIA operatives to terrorists, they have sued to try and have some of our most sensitive documents released and now they are continuing their war against conservatives.

Make no mistake about this. This is a war against conservatives. What the ACLU and the left want to do is make it where no conservative will want to be in government service. If the ACLU has its way, for conservatives, it would be four years of public service work, then twenty years of litigation following. And if the ACLU is lucky enough to have a sympathetic ear in the White House, the usual support that might be offered will not be. Many conservatives are going to think before they go into government service, if they can afford the litigation that will follow.

The real reform that needs to be made is stripping the attorney fee provision out of the civil rights laws. These have simply been tools to enrich liberal lawyers and bankrupt anyone who wants to stand in their way.

We need to get congress to take action so we can help put the law firm of treason out of business.

Compared to the Nazis:

On February 28, 1933, The civil rights of the nazi’s ideological opponents were banned, thusly:

Hitler convinced President von Hindenburg to invoke an emergency clause in the Weimar Constitution. The German parliament then passed the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the Nation and State (Reichstag Fire Decree). The decree suspended the civil rights of Nazi opponents in the German constitution. These rights included freedom of speech, assembly, press, and formed the basis for the prohibition of Nazi opponets to have judicial procceedings.

Judson Phillips and the nazis are anti-democratic.

Voting is a civil right, which Phillips and the nazis believed should be restricted. Hitler  saw democracy as a destabilizing force, because it placed power in the hands of ethnic minorities, who he claimed had incentives to further “weaken and destabilize” the Empire.

Phillips massages a similar message by arguing that voting rights in the United States should be restricted to those who own property because they have more of a “vested stake” in a community than do people who do not own property.  By coincidence, Phillips advocates a policy that would adversely affect voting rights for racial minorities.

The similarity between Phillips and the Nazis on abortion.

Simply put: both share a “pro-life” position.

In his own words on the extreme right-wing website, WND, Phillips argues a de facto anti-choice position as reflected by allegedly pro-life. social-conservatives

Abortion? Certainly a social issue. But what would the tea-party want? Federal funding for abortion ended. Planned Parenthood received almost $1 billion dollars from the federal government from 2002-2009. Why? Abortion is a multibillion-dollar industry. Why is the government subsidizing it?

The Nazi policy:

In the end, however, the Lebensborn program was never promoted aggressively. Instead, Nazi population policy concentrated on the family and marriage. The state encouraged matrimony through marriage loans, dispensed family income supplements for each new child, publicly honored “child-rich” families, bestowed the Cross of Honor of the German Mother on women bearing four or more babies, and increased punishments for abortion.

(my emphasis)

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