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Parker: In Search of Conservative Leadership

By Star Parker

The annual Independence Day party that I host at my home was particularly lively with conversation this year, conversation probably not too different from what was taking place in a lot of backyards around the country.

Folks are concerned that our nation is in bad shape and dangerously, maybe even hopelessly, adrift.

The choreography was in place to assure a downbeat Independence Day party for a house filled with conservatives. A listless economy, coupled with the cold shower of the Supreme Court's decision in the prior week giving most of Obamacare a constitutional green light. To compound the injury, the dismally disappointing decision was written and handed down by an allegedly conservative chief justice nominated by a Republican president.

But Chief Justice John Roberts' words captured, really, the rub of what is bothering many conservatives: "Members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our nation's leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."

Maybe how Roberts interpreted the Constitution disappointed. But his point is indisputable. If you're looking for political leadership, "It's not our job."

Conservatives are looking for leadership at this difficult and challenging time.

Maybe because the crowd at my California home this July Fourth consisted of many longtime Southern Californians, there was talk about Ronald Reagan.

Yes, Carter was bad. But Reagan did not just run against a bad economy and a confused, uninspiring president. He understood and believed in America, and he ran on this vision. That is leadership.

It happens that last month marked the 25th anniversary of Reagan's famous "Tear down this wall" speech in Berlin. The author of the speech, Peter Robinson, recalled the event in a Wall Street Journal column.

The story has been told many times. But it cannot be recalled too many times that the political professionals -- the president's advisers and the various members of the president's staff -- opposed including the "Tear down this wall" line in Reagan's Berlin speech.

Despite numerous attempts to remove the line from the speech, it stayed in because of Reagan's insistence.

This is leadership.

The problems we have today did not start four years ago. They are the accumulation of many years of a slow but consistent departure from our core principles of being a free nation, under God.

Of our now almost $16 trillion in debt -- 100 percent of our gross domestic product -- $5 trillion was added over the last four years. But $10 trillion -- almost two-thirds -- was added over the last 12 years.

Forty percent of our $4 trillion federal budget consists of inefficient entitlement programs tilting into bankruptcy. These are old and outdated programs -- Social Security going back to the 1930s, Medicare and Medicaid to the 1960s.

Our public school systems hold 60 million children, captive to teachers unions that are dedicated to left-wing ideas and moral relativism.

The traditional American family is becoming a relic of history. Out-of-wedlock births have become a fixture of our society, as has the use of abortion as birth control.

When Reagan ran for president in 1980, health, care expenditures consumed 9 percent of our GDP. Today they consume 18 percent. We have a health care problem, with or without Roberts' unpopular decision.

Real recovery is impossible now without inspired leadership dedicated to recapturing principles of limited government, individual freedom and the traditional values that made America great.

The Left has a leader. He is in the White House and he is leading us into oblivion.

Where is conservative leadership? Leadership that will remind us that American community is defined by personal responsibility -- not by government mandates?

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Star Parker is president of CURE.

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  1. sandman4x4Comment by sandman4x4
    July 9, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    we all need to keep the faith Star! november is right around the corner, just as long as the weasle in the corner office doesn’t pull a fast one on us! and plays by the rules, (oh my did I say that)! just think of it obummer in the unemployment line!

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  2. thedoveComment by thedove
    July 9, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    The question remains unanswered: Where, indeed, is the conservative leadership? Personally, I don’t see any.

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    • fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
      July 9, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      I agree in part/mostly….I certainly don’t see the LEADERSHIP that we NEED NOW! It’s time to stop the silent (or mealy-mouthed) nonsense and go after the real culprits who’re doing all they can to destroy our nation….Obozo and his cronies who believe that radical socialism is the answer. Proven to NOT WORK! Nor is it what the majority of Americans want.

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  3. darl444Comment by darl444
    July 9, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    While Romney may not be the conservative we think he needs to be…at least for now…it is our duty to make sure the House and Senate also have conservative leadership that will help shape Romney’s administration.

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  4. JimComment by jdobbins
    July 9, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Fundamental to a real solution of leading and picking a leader is mandatory education in the Constitution and understanding the intended seat of power in our governmental system, namely, the people. This is supposed to be a government of, by and for the people. To the extent we have failed in that objective we have let our country down. It begins with changing the educational system in this country and making courses on the founding documents of this country mandatory courses, just like math and English. In the present society, these courses are needed by adults as well since so few people have actually read the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers. How we get the adults interested enough to take on this task is another matter since it cannot be mandated. People have a right to remain ignorant. They have a responsibility to themselves and this country and to the whole electoral system not to remain in such ignorance, but in the end they have a right as a matter of personal freedom to remain ignorant. Real leadership has to take them from where they are to where they should be as informed and interested citizens. We have not had that for a very long time. To the extent people do remain ignorant, they diminish their own citizenship and affect the citizenship of their neighbors. We say in our foundational papers they we have certain unalienable rights granted to us as humans by our Creator. In practice, we have deteriorated to the point where our present government is trying to remove all reference to our Creator, and therefore recognition of those unalienable rights, from every public discourse, whether in schools or the public square. An informed citizenry would never let that happen. In practice, we have allowed greed to drive policy, we have allowed those in positions of authority to do all things possible to create a slave state where the government is the plantation and the top officials are the plantation masters, and those with the intelligence and initiative to become successful and offer an opportunity to others to become self-supporting are taxed beyond reason so the plantation will have enough to take care of the growing numbers of those who accept slavery to the government with its attendant self-degradation over self-respect.
    The greatest leadership gift anyone can give this amazing and exceptional country of ours that I love is to find a way to bring the general population to its senses, to help people regain that sense of personal freedom and destiny we once had, and do so without the chaos that resulted in the pathetic example of neurotic insanity we know as the French Revolution. The fundamental engine of this change has to be education, education of who we really are, where we came from, why the foundation documents were written, what they tell us about ourselves, and how we can recapture our fundamental dignity as God-fearing people who understand what love of neighbor and government of, by and for the people really means.

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    • fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
      July 9, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Very well stated indeed, jdobbins! The problem we face is the fact that the majority of the media (and entertainment industry) is controlled by leftists! And there are so many folks in the “we’re entitled” class who’ve been indoctrinated by our failed but left-wing educational system this past 40+ years that we have a very steep hill to climb. Nevertheless, we must keep the faith and continue our work…FAILURE is NOT an option if we want to keep this country free & strong! God Bless America! Semper Fi!

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      July 9, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      Well said, jdobbins. No, perfectly said. You are 100 percent correct in your analysis, and I know this in part from some of the questions my newspaper column has generated over the years. I wish I had a ten-dollar bill for every letter (this was pre-Internet) or telephone call I got that started, “I never knew …” Well, if you’d ever taken the trouble to actually read those venerable documents, you would have.

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    • netreturnComment by netreturn
      July 9, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

      Jdobbins you hit the nail on the head. I could not have said it better myself. To be truthful, I could not have said it. As a former educator, I can however add a piece to the puzzle. There is a percentage of students in most public school systems who go to school to socialize not to learn. The single or no parent adults in their lives have no interest in what they are learning in school. School is thought of as free food and free day care if anything at all.
      By law, we can not send them home and resources dictate they be sent back into the classroom. When the school system is bold enough to take a hard stand, it is accused of being racist. The laws have to be changed so that when a student clearly shows that he or she is not in school to learn and conduct him or herself properly they can be sent back to the irresponsible adults who brought them into this world!

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  5. fmrusmcrntxComment by fmrusmcrntx
    July 9, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Thank you for your outstanding work, Star! You’re totally on point with this article. The leadership MUST get with the program…if we lose this upcoming election, we face a huge disaster and potentially the loss of our country! We can’t allow that to happen. PUSH the leadership hard, folks, please! God Bless America, Keep Her Free and Strong! Semper Fi! :)

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  6. SFret (Jim)Comment by SFret (Jim)
    July 9, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    ROMNEY. I would have liked to here the whispering conversations about this mistake.

    What’s this about “well its better than Obama”. Remember Ross Perot? He inspired a nation and COULD have taken the election from BOTH sides.

    If ROMNEY is a loyal conservative and republican, he would work behind the scenes to arrange for his replacement (yes, it is legal for the RNC to replace a resigning candidate).

    BUT, we don’t have the…. gum-shin to do that.

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  7. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    July 9, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    The fact is that they have all given up hope of ever being financially responsible in the face of political expediency.
    The needs and wants of the people trump any consideration of
    responsible finance practices. Having abandoned principle, not even the liability of ever being able to repay the debt constrains our representatives from incurring more debt. We go blithely on our way, carrying out our necessary business as citizens, in the realization that there is nothing we can do to force responsibility on our elected leadership. That “it simply does not matter” is what ought to scare some sense into them. Apparently, it does not.

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  8. jkwiggillComment by jkwiggill
    July 9, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Star… loved your article, but I think the problem is that the establishment leaders of the Republican party don’t like or trust conservatives because deep in their hearts they are moderates and no different than the democrats. That’s why massive changes were not made in the bush years when we held control over the government.

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  9. 49bobComment by 49bob
    July 9, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Conservatives and single issue groups have no one to blame but themselves for the mess we are in. It has been said we get the government we deserve. I am sick and tired of some conservatives who say this republican is a rino I’m not voting for him/her or this republican isn’t pro life enough I’m not voting for them or this candidate isn’t anti illegal immigration enough I’m not voting for them or this republican isn’t pro second amendment enough I’m not voting for them.

    This boys and girls is why we have Obama as our president. It makes me sick. Stop waiting for the perfect candidate there will never be a perfect candidate not even Reagan was a perfect candidate. Weigh both candidates on all issues the one that most closely agrees with you is your candidate. Stop whining that they aren’t perfect. The only perfect candidate I have seen lately is Barak Obama, he is a perfect a$$.

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    • SFret (Jim)Comment by SFret (Jim)
      July 9, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      At first you open with the blame issue. At the end, you say live with it and vote for the BEST choice.

      At what time do we quit compromising. Out of over 300M people within our borders, can we not find a candidate that most identifies with us and our “conservative” values and ideals?

      ROMNEY will get many disgruntled votes. Some, out of CHARACTER, will not vote at all since some of his attributes are MORALLY offensive to them.

      When will WE collectively SPEAK OUT against these things. Some of us are doing so and growing in numbers. This movement is going to get bigger and bigger. One day, it will win…. with or without the Republicans.

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    • 49bobComment by 49bob
      July 9, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

      Jim,

      If you don’t blame the conservatives or single issue people who chose to not vote for the republican candidate and in fact allowed the democrats to elect Obama who do you blame? Are you suggesting that the democrats were just that much better than the republicans so they won the election? I say no we conservatives handed the election to Obama and we should be ashamed of our selves.

      We never stop compromising that is a fact of life otherwise the pro lifers would have their candidate the second amendment people would have their candidate the anti illegal immigration people would have their candidate and so on and so on. We would all get our kicked by the democrats because they have enough sense to come together and whip the republicans. Yes it is important to beat the other side that is called winning.

      What kind of character is it that would allow another four years of Obama? That is not character my friend that is stubborn ignorance.

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    • SFret (Jim)Comment by SFret (Jim)
      July 9, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

      Blame? Smarter? The Republicans ginned up John McCain and Romney. As a retired disabled Green Beret, I have the right to call McCain a self centered ***. I was a republican in arizona at one time. I got my boss to buy a table at his fundraiser. Then, I watched him stab all of us state precinct reps in the back at state convention. Romney? Don’t get me started on this Massachusettes liberal.

      Abortion? Some people call it murder. If you had a six year old boy and I wanted to have them turned into solient green (in short, you believe its murder), would you bother to vote for me or my opponent who felt the same way? This is just one example. Pick your ammendment. Pick your abuse.

      Stupid? I don’t know for sure. Definately not ignorant. And, from what I’ve seen, a little full of themselves to the point where nobody but their crowd matters. In short, minimum morals for many of them (republicans I talk about).

      To the point: There are many of us who are trying to work this out. The Republicans imploded because they did not understand the conservative landscape (which had some new trees called Tea Party). This time, they are using your logic to BULLY the Tea Party into giving them their vote with tears. Will the under-estimate the Tea Party again? They don’t seem to mention the Tea Party.

      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice….

      I know teamwork. You don’t retire from the military without learning it. But, what you are doing is not teamwork (albeit POPULAR). It’s a suicide mission.

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    • 49bobComment by 49bob
      July 9, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      So tell me Jim how is that Obama administration working out for you, pretty nice isn’t it? Jim nothing is more important than beating the democrats period. Who is going to more closely represent your point of view Romney or Obama? Who was your choice in the republican primary? Did that candidate agree with you on every single issue? There wasn’t one primary candidate that agreed with me on every single issue, does that mean I take my ball and go home? No. I work to elect the candidate that best represents my views and beat the candidate that least represents my views. Am I disappointed with my choices at times you bet I am. I am more disappointed with Obama though. My second biggest disappointment in that election cycle was the fact that Sharon Angle was elected to run against Harry Reid in Nevada. I am convinced that Sue Louden would have beat dirty Harry. Just think about that for a while Jim, wouldn’t it have been nice to be rid of Harry? That was very unfortunate and could have been prevented.

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    • SFret (Jim)Comment by SFret (Jim)
      July 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

      I’m with you on the Sharon vs. Harry fiasco. This is why I give them hell the few times I go to a TP meeting. That was the best they could pull out of their hats?

      Honestly, I’m a retired soldier with disabilities. That makes 2/3 of my income free of taxes. I trade in a tax free account. The taxable income makes taxes almost non-existant for me. And, I have both primary and secondary healthcare (no-copays…even for a doctor visit). Plus, a drug plan. Obama liberals works for me. The VFW and American Legion have my back (and AARP and NRA too). My great running 2001 low mileage toyota gives me choices… keep it or wait for the next car trade-in freeby from the government.

      I’m with you on about all of this. I just feel like my countrymen have invalidated my job with the military. I had college all laid out for me but thought I was doing the right thing. What a wake up call for me. Civilians.

      This is a good ending point. Thanks for the joust(or however you spell it). Hopefully, somebody will read it all and do some strategic thinking. It’s time for grandpa to go check the tomatoes.

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    • 49bobComment by 49bob
      July 9, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      Jim,
      You are the best good luck to you.

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  10. JDZComment by JDZ
    July 9, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Great article Star and it should get us all thinking about the situation we find ourselves, which it is not good. There are some historians that are now contending that this country is no longer the traditional patriotic country driven by an obsession with self reliance and personal freedom to get out there and contribute to the overall welfare of the country at large by getting enough education to at least satisfy our individual version of the American dream. A country built around individual freedom, not the “collective” socialist model.

    Many Americans do not relate to our traditional conservative values because they didn’t grow up in an environment where it was demonstrated by parents, friends, family, and an association with a religion of choice. Our fundamental values have been perverted by decades of government sponsored “safety nets” which have become entitled income as a basic way of life for millions. Their incentives to get out there and work for a living have been undermined by this “do gooder” altruistic but unbridled liberal mentality that no one should feel the pain of anything.

    We, as parents, probably helped this along with our children by giving them just about anything they wanted for a myriad of reasons. We see some of our children not really interested in getting an education and learning a skill that can carry them through their life. The discipline required to get a college education in the sciences or medicine, for example, has wained in our children to a significant level. They want it now…the good life without actually earning it.

    I see immigrants coming to this country, going to college and getting degrees in medicine, law, technology, etc. as one of the top priorities in their lives. The Asian and Indian immigrants are perfect examples as most of the kids of these immigrants go to college. It reminds me of my generation of immigrant families from Europe. Getting an education was the top priority of my parents for my sister and I.

    So, this election cycle has all kinds of implications, and although it may be obvious to most conservatives that Obama must go, there are huge voting blocks that are either apathetic politically, or have been sucked in by the liberals who “buy” their votes. The minorities are big targets that are being used to keep the liberals in control.

    How do we “educate” the Hispanics, for example, about what is happening and why they need to look at the big picture not just near term self serving interests.

    We have a big challenge, but giving up is not a choice. I believe Romney will be a great President if given a chance. He has too much going from him and his background has proven he is a hard worker, extremely intelligent and successful businessman, was a successful two term Governor having to deal with a liberal legislature, and just wants to help get this country back on its feet. He is a problem solver not a problem maker, and wants to save the country we love, not change it.

    Stop the infighting and get onboard, we have a tough row to hoe as our forefathers who grew up on farms would say.

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  11. SFret (Jim)Comment by SFret (Jim)
    July 9, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Prediction: If Romney wins this term, he will loose the second term to the democrat challenger.

    Go ahead. Go along to get along. That’s how the R’s used McCain to loose the last one. They ignored the Tea Party types. That attitude is killing over one soldier a day in Afghanistan (my comrads. I’m retired Special Forces).

    Who wants a D.C. majority that will “wheel and deal” then MANAGE budgets and government, rather than slash them.

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  12. ttorchia7Comment by ttorchia7
    July 9, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    You nailed it, Star! Specifically, that has been my problem with romney since day one, and so far he is living up to my expectations. Unless we (Conservatives) get the what-ever-it-takes-leadership, we are going to lose the Republic. Evil is upon us and it has little oposition. I pray and do what I can. Thanks for being there and for ALL you do for the Republic and for LIBERTY !
    God Bless you !

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  13. how2johnComment by how2john
    July 9, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    Remember Media is against Romney, the public is not well informed, so you end up w/moderate candidate. But now better than before, we have a libertarian wing that may get some things ie: audit the fed on Party platform. Tea party is becoming more informed, realizing their own inaddequate education. Just saying, you all need to run for office as a service to the republic. We have a better opp to hold Republicans feet to the Founders fire than ever before. We have to inform our neighbors, talk about the constitution, major solutions to reign in the monster gov. ie repealing some amendments dismantling whole Depts. get back to local government.. BUT First we must get rid of Hussien Obama.. But the more regular folks, like the farmers who the Federalist Papers were written for, are elected to office: the less lawyers are involved. Maybe tort reform, term limits could get ennacted…

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