Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On a political strategy to recover our republic

America’s required systemic transformation in returning to its proper republican form of government cannot be an exercise in applied economics nor an application of political science. It must be understood that these changes will involve human beings and will affect their day-to-day lives.

The necessary changes will create new groups of apparent gainers and losers. I say, "apparent" because, as the market re-establishes itself as interventions are removed and taxes reduced, the "apparent" losers will still be gainers through economic growth, the return of prosperity, lower unemployment, a more sound dollar, and rising wages.

Nevertheless, the relative political and economic strength of various groups will shift as the very necessary transformations occur.

In order to be successful, the leaders must clearly formulate, clearly articulate and, yes, "sell" these necessary changes to the voters with a positive and compelling vision for the future. This was the genius of Ronald Reagan—the “great communicator.”

Indeed, the first task must the formulation of a unified vision within the caucus itself. Every member must speak with the same voice, reinforce the same concepts, and deliver the same positive vision in every public discourse.

The vision must be straightforward. It cannot be "fuzzy." And, it must motivate. It must effectively move the hearts of men and women in the center of political spectrum.

The vision and the speaking will require clarity in both “yeses” and “nos.” It must be stated in an "ideal" form, while acknowledging that reaching the ideal will take time and will require a process.

Most importantly, the vision must clearly reject all the alternative means and half-measures or you will have lost your path. Half-measures will never do the job.
In fact, half-measures are worst of all, because the voters—and our political opponents—will say, "We've given you your chance; we've given your methods a try; and we are little improved. Now, we'll do it our way."

It will be necessary to make temporary accommodations for the those who see themselves as "losers" in certain transformations. While this is necessary, make it clearly understood why it is necessary and why the accommodations are temporary.

Remember: "Selling" the vision is much more difficult and complicated than it seems at first glance. It will require leaders to address the people directly and clearly; to present your arguments compellingly and with conviction; and to be prepared to defend against the arguments that will naturally be cast against your vision. It will require endurance.

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