Just about all of the political discussions about what one party or the other, or its candidates have to do, in order to win the next election, or the next few elections, misses entirely the one very issue that would enable them to clearly convince the voters they are the key to the future of America. Just about everyone can agree that the middle class has been decimated in the last couple generations even if they don't agree as to how, or why, it has happened or who exactly is to be blamed for the decline of the middle class. The candidates or party that gives the voters a compelling reason they can rebuild the middle class has a real chance of winning landslide elections in the near future.
There is no doubt that the middle class has been decimated to the point to which is almost hardly exists anymore. Yet most know that a growing and thriving middle class brings many economic, social, and political benefits to a free society. And many of us know, that in a general sense, a largely free market economy is the best way to a thriving and growing middle class.
As written and stated so brilliantly by Ryan Houck, of Free Market America, in the video that went viral last year titled “If I wanted America to Fail,” Houck stated about the free market, “the free market is the only force in human history to uplift the poor, establish the middle class, and create lasting prosperity.”
While that remains true, the voters are not purists in Austrian economics or libertarian philosophy, and they will gravitate toward ideas they believe will re-establish the middle class and bring prosperity back to their households. This opens a challenge for both supporters of free market ideas as well as those who espouse more progressive economics to make the case to the voters that their vision of the economic future will rebuild the middle class.
Progressives often win public support by pointing out the excesses of corporate capitalism, and by incorrectly lumping the free market in with that entirely, demonizing anything that resembles free market economics and leaving themselves pinned to the corner of having little but socialist-based ideas left to promote. I support the free market in concept and recognize it as superior economically to both state-based socialism and corporate capitalism, especially when it's practiced in the form of crony capitalism that both our current political parties seem to favor most of the time.
Free market economics is the middle ground and as a support of such I am an economic moderate, opposed to the true extremes of both the socialist progressives and the corporate capitalists of the other extreme. Properly informed of the differences, I think believe that most conservatives and citizens would agree with me on this. And agreeing that a free market economy with limited regulations (just the most sensible and needed regulations to insure free market competition) and very limited government would once against lead to a prospering economy that will rebuild the middle class, bring about true prosperity, and truly enable opportunity for all who seek it.
The party that can figure out how to make that case eloquently to the voters in 2014 and 2016 will be well on their way to a landslide victory. They is not copying the old ideas of either party right now but making a solid case for the free market being the social force tht will rebuild the middle class. Figure this out and political victory will come.