Star Parker

Cain's father was a chauffeur. However, Cain went to work in corporate America and wound up gaining control of and becoming chairman of Godfather's Pizza and becoming a multimillionaire. He also became CEO and president of the National Restaurant Association.

Cain's story is what black children need to hear _ that values and hard work are the formula for building a great life in our free country, regardless of where you start and the color of your skin. It's a story that drives the John Kerrys, Hillary Clintons, and the black political class up the wall because it says that the solution to human problems lies with individuals and freedom and not with government and politics. And it debunks the popular line of the political class that somehow blacks can't take care of themselves like other Americans can.

Cain put his own money up alongside of others' to run his campaign for the Senate seat in Georgia, advocating positions that defined with clarity the themes of personal responsibility that have defined his own life. He talked about school choice. He talked about reforming Social Security by giving individuals ownership and control of their own lives and futures through private retirement accounts. He also did not shrink from the pro-life agenda by championing the importance of the traditional family and responsibility in sexual behavior.

Any American who is sitting on the political fence should think about Hillary Clinton and Herman Cain. Who defines best what this country is and should be about? Is our future about elitists who think they know what is best for us and for our children? Is our sense of freedom young women sleeping around and aborting their unwanted fetuses, and turning to government to control health care, retirement savings and education? Or are we a nation of values, families, and the freedom that will allow those like Herman Cain to create new opportunities and prosperity for themselves, their children, and their neighbors. For me, the choice is clear.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.