The problem we have right now is that the right wing has been allowed to control the narrative. They have gotten to define all the words. Liberal is a bad word. So we shifted to progressive, now that’s a bad word. We need to drag public discourse back to the left. Stop catering to the so-called middle. The middle has been forcibly shifted to the right. The liberal base doesn’t come out to vote because all the candidates put forth are center right. Most people when surveyed are center-left or left outright, but they have no reason to interrupt their busy schedules to stand in line in the cold to vote.
So, here’s how we take the country back. First, we find the most wing nutty wingnut out there and have them run in an election that we probably wouldn’t win anyway. No one that believes in weird conspiracy theories though; no chem trails or vaccines cause autism people, that’s dumb. But someone who believes in a universal income, state-owned oil companies. Make sure that the small oil drilling companies can still operate but kick out the big ones. Run this person, hype them up pretty good. Then in a more contested election, dial it back to more normal. The masses will have gotten a little used to hearing the far out there stuff so the more typical progressive policies will seem less out there. Maybe the wing nut should be a man and the more mainstream person a woman of color. We should make sure they are all above reproach though. No questionable financial dealings, no sexual assault or discriminatory behavior.
It will take some time but I believe we can drag the political climate back to the left and make our country the place our founding ideals suggested it could be, one where everyone is included and gets what they need.