Donald Trump vs. Big Business: The GOP’s Civil War

The US Chamber of Commerce is upset. For years, they have shaped Republican policy, spending millions of dollars trying to push the Republican Party towards a business-first economic message that seems incapable of talking about anything but “job creators.” The most special of special interests, the Chamber is by far the largest lobbying organization in the United States, generally backing “pro-business” Republicans who they think will fight for their goals above all else. They find social conservatism distasteful at best, and a liability to their supposedly winning economic message at worst — a message which has nevertheless struggled to secure any

What Is the Biggest Political Threat to Social Conservatives? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. I think the single biggest threat is economic elites who actively oppose the social issue agenda and find it distasteful and find it socially in the parties and in the milieus in which they operate. But secondarily, and equally as important, is that the social issues movement has tied itself to the economics of the Republican elites, and what that means is the interests of working men and women — of labor — is being confounded by people who,

Why Did Brexit Happen? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. I think that there is a global understanding that economics as promoted by the elite class is not producing the results that have been promised to the general public and that there is a reflexive reaction by those people against policies that remove decision-making further and further from the localities and from their governments. And that this is part of an international understanding that in the post-Bretton Woods era — the era of elites running the global economy —

Could This South Carolina Upset Start a GOP Civil War? (VIDEO)

Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. The policy differences that have appeared in, say, North Carolina between what Governor McCrory is doing on transgender bathrooms in the state and the Chamber of Commerce . . . that phenomenon of debating this on the policy side that existed in Georgia and in other states, where the Chamber of Commerce was pushing against the grassroots social issue movement is now moving directly into the primaries in down-ballot races. In South Carolina, a woman who was the key

Trump Sounds Like Reagan: GOP Should Help Workers

There’s a story in Politico today where Donald Trump says that the GOP will become a ‘workers party’ under his leadership: “Five, 10 years from now — different party. You’re going to have a worker’s party,” Trump said in the May 17 interview. “A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.” Trump is right to recognize a critical flaw in the GOP’s current economic platform, which focuses almost exclusively on businesses and “job-creators.” The only way to win future elections is to make the GOP platform more friendly to workers. Republicans’ goal should be to

Can the GOP Unite to Restore Economic Prosperity?

Last week Donald Trump met with Jack Kemp protégé House Speaker Paul Ryan. As the Washington Post aptly put it, “Ryan has the House. Trump has the party.” To quote the founder of the Republican Party, Abe Lincoln, who was quoting Scripture: “A house divided against itself can not stand.” This meeting was an iconic moment that distilled the dynamics and douleurs of GOP 2016 perfectly. The modern GOP is the House That Jack — Jack Kemp — Built. That House is in disarray. Jack Kemp championed, and inspired presidential aspirant Ronald Reagan to adopt, the economic formula that rescued

How Mitt Romney Paved the Way for Donald Trump

Following Mitt Romney’s sound defeat in November 2012, the American Principles Project released a report detailing the reasons he lost. According to the authors, it wasn’t because he was “too conservative” on social issues or because of a lack of ground game or advertising. The GOP lost because it failed to convince voters that it cared about issues of consequence to them, particularly when it came to the economic pain that many Americans were — and still are — facing. It was hoped that Republicans would learn this lesson in order to be competitive in 2016. As it turns out,

Trump’s Wake Up Call to the Republican Party

Republican Party leaders have lost touch with their base, with Independents, and with the general electorate’s craving for equitable prosperity.  That’s odd. The economy consistently polls at the top of voter concerns. The single most important factor in the 2016 presidential election pithily was described by the New York Post’s John Crudele in a column headlined Americans haven’t gotten a raise in 16 years: One last statistic, from Sentier Research. Median annual household income in the US reached $57,263 this past March, which was 4.5% higher than in March 2015. But — and here’s where the anger comes in —

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