People are frustrated as prices go up, freedoms are taken away, and leaders remain more focused on preserving political power over effecting positive change.
Rarely has our nation or state seen as divisive a political climate as exists today.
People’s distrust of government institutions and politicians is palpable. Many question the integrity of our elections, the common sense of our elected representatives, the motives of appointed health and education officials, and why grossly excessive government spending has failed to solve social and economic challenges.
In response, we have a choice between the ways of the past or a vision for the future as we prepare for the Fall 2022 elections.
If we follow the political playbook of the past, we can hope a national wave of discontent with elitist progressive policy will create enough momentum for the divided people of Wisconsin to elect a conservative governor. We’ll repeat the same tired talking points, focus on our opponents’ failures, amp up the toxic discourse, and voters will plug their noses and choose the lesser of two evils.
But what will electing a majority party accomplish? No one is quite certain, but we’ve been taught to believe power and control are more important than tangible positive outcomes.
The excitement and positive energy around conservative reforms that began in 2011 are no longer present. If we stick with the playbook of the past, we risk Governor Evers’ re-election and four more years of gridlocked, ineffective, wasteful government. Wisconsin will only fall further behind states that are passionately pursuing proactive change.
We need to think bigger and cast a vision for the future.
Private citizens, corporate leaders, and state party and government officials can agree that nothing short of bold leadership will suffice in 2023. We can all recognize meaningful change for Wisconsin must be earned this Fall. We can acknowledge we’re called as public servants to do better for our local and state communities, which will require more than just preserving power while hoping our opponents