The conservative policy battle plan to counter the left’s agenda
Whether you believe America is undergoing a political realignment or simply enduring a brief upheaval, there is no doubt that the systemic failure of our nation’s political class has led to a complete collapse of confidence. America’s established political institutions are in shambles, and the overwhelming public sentiment is that politicians aren’t working on behalf of the American people. To paraphrase a 1976 satire: voters are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
While the candidates themselves – and political and governmental institutions in general – experience historically low levels of support, it is clear that voters are looking for leadership on policies they believe would help the country. The task for candidates at every level is to rise to the challenge being put forth by voters and present serious solutions that work for hardworking Americans across geographic, demographic and socioeconomic lines. The task for voters is identifying which candidates are putting forward serious solutions as opposed to meaningless rhetoric.
In 2011, Heritage Action argued that “Americans’ dissatisfaction with government … is a reflection of the fact that our current political system is one that favors the powerful at the expense of those striving to build toward the American dream.” Over the past six years, little has changed. In fact, “The Bigs” – think Big Wall Street, Big Government, Big Education, Big Labor, and Big Business – all remain what we’ve characterized as “protected classes in the American political system.”
While voters face a difficult challenge this election cycle, there is no doubt that the nation is ready for leaders who will address concerns about the relationship between mobility, economic dynamism, concentrated power, and collusion between special interests and government. That leaves candidates with a clear choice: rise to the challenge of breaking up the Washington Cartel and follow through on the will of the people, or continue business as usual with preferential treatment and biased negotiations. Heritage Action will continue to do our part in defining the strike zone for conservatives everywhere.