The big-government agenda prescribed by Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt during the Progressive Era, and dictated by FDR during the New Deal, continues to define American politics today.

An ever-spiraling national debt, infringements upon our civil and economic liberties, increased executive and judicial power, and undeclared and unconstitutional wars indicate that the progressive’s notion of an “evolving” government is alive and well.   

Federal bureaucrats continue to trample their feet upon the Constitution, and the scope of the federal government continues to be enlarged. Regardless of whether there has been a Republican or a Democrat in the White House, things never seem to change.

Ben Swann, a two-time Emmy Award winner and the head of the Truth In Media Project, said voters are rejecting America’s two-party system. Americans are worn-out by politicians who were once elected and never seem to follow through on their campaign promises. A record high 43 percent of Americans identified politically as independents in 2014, according to a Gallup Poll.

“At the end of the day, more and more people believe that those two parties actually stand for the same thing: cronyism, greed and self-interest,” Swann said, according to Truth in Media.

The American people’s distrust of politicians and their rejection of the two-party system is evident in recent polls. The most recent USA Today/Suffolk Poll shows that the GOP race is led by Donald Trump, a businessman, and Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, leads Hillary Clinton in the first two primary and caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to a recent CBS News Poll.   

I believe that American voters supporting candidates such as Trump, Carson and Sanders is a step in the right direction. But will these candidates really help us break away from establishment politics and progressive policies?

I, for one, hope the American people’s skepticism of both Republicans and Democrats translates into them voting for a truly principled candidate who will not pander to lobbyists, and who will enact real change in America by standing firmly behind the Constitution.

Ron Paul, a former congressmen and presidential candidate, serves as a great example of a true statesman. Paul earned the nickname “Dr. No,” for his outspoken position against any legislation that would violate the Constitution, even though he often voted alone and against the party line.

D&C 98:10 states we should seek diligently to uphold leaders who are good, wise and honest and that anything less than this comes of evil. In other words, voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil. In like manner, I believe that voting for a candidate who espouses failed progressive policies, whether that candidate is under the guise of a Republican or a Democrat, is still senseless.

President Ezra Taft Benson voiced his faith that the Constitution would be saved by enlightened members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who love and cherish freedom.

“It is my conviction that when the Lord comes, the Stars and Stripes will be floating on the breeze over this people,” President Benson said in a 1986 BYU devotional address.

I believe God will hold us accountable if we do not work to restore America to its founding principles. While fighting to save our nation means doing much more than just showing up at the polls on election day, voting for a champion of the Constitution is a good start.