If there is one valid criticism the political climate we are currently in had produced, it's the dismissal of policy in favor of demonization and politician worship. No longer are the days when politicians criticize each other for our ideas of which kinds of bills would mend our problems, how policies would eventually affect citizens and regions, or even how to identify our biggest problems.
Instead, those in politics have traded problem-solving for what will stir the pot the most, anger the most people, and pet the egos of those that agree. If the Republican Party wants to capitalize off of the Biden administration's wrongdoing, it needs to be in a way where we truly reveal how these socialistic ideas that sound good when said aloud are actually vastly harmful.
Policies such as nearly doubling the minimum wage, forgiving college tuition, keeping soldiers in the Middle East and reversing orders to bring them home and opting back into the Paris Climate Accords are all dangerous precedents that the mainstream media and those in power will try to paint as God's gift to the country just because it's going against the policies that former President Trump enacted.
We aren't going to get any help from those that have the biggest voices. So we have to fight and make these policies known for the dangers they embody. Conservatives have adopted new policies such as anti-interventionist foreign policy and criminal justice reform, which are extremely popular among independents and young voters. We need to make our policy positions sound relevant, and the current administration's policies sound ridiculous.
The GOP can still enact populist language in the way it makes its presentation. We have to make sure we don't talk over voters' heads. There is an excellent reason that cults of personality such as President Trump or Sen. Bernie Sanders succeed on the campaign trail. They spoke the normal American vernacular. They didn't act nor present themselves as most Americans view the elitist political class. Even though they might not have been normal American citizens, they also did not talk to those listening to them as if they were under them. They just spoke normally.
Populism has its tools. To campaign and make promises that you may not be able to keep is indeed populism. However, so is making policies that seem complicated seem very simple. If conservatives truly want to make this administration seem as harmful as they're likely going to be to the general public, we need to make our arguments simple and provide reasonable alternative solutions to problems that this administration and Democrats alike will think they can solve.
This is not a hard path to go down, but we have to keep tunnel vision in knowing how, when, and where to strike cords with constituents. Not only will this win elections, but it will win back trust in the approach to small government. If there is anything the American public has lost faith in during the last year, it's that of elitist politicians and bureaucrats. We need to take advantage of giving our people back the power and to hinge on trusting themselves instead of the state.
Kenny Cody is a 24-year old conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. He has had pieces published on conservative news sites such as The Daily Wire, Townhall.com, and The Libertarian Republic, as well as serves as Chairman for the Cocke County Republican Party in his home state. In addition to his work as a conservative writer and activist, Cody also serves as an English teacher for Cosby Elementary School. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.
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