Star Parker

With the successful politicization of America, wisdom is gone, truth is relative and private, and children have been left to their own resources. Sixteen-year-olds decide what sex is about, when and how to do it, and how to handle the consequences -- the emotional entanglements, the diseases, and, all too often, pregnancies.

Seventy-five percent of American children today have had sex before their 20th birthday. Forty years ago it was more like 25 percent.

Thirty-seven percent of babies born in our country today are born to unwed mothers. Forty years ago it was more like 5 percent.

And well over a million babies will be aborted in this country this year, about 19 percent of which will be teen pregnancies.

The beauty of "Juno" is that the film shows there are some things you can't kill. That despite being alone in a world without wisdom, where love in an adult sense is practically extinct, and where life has no point beyond personal gratification, a 16-year-old girl can discover there is something wrong and do something about it.

Senators Clinton and Obama are having at it now about the question of race. Did Clinton demean Dr. King? Does Obama not appreciate that it took the political experience of Lyndon Johnson to get the Civil Rights Act passed?

The irony of it all is that whoever prevails as the candidate of the Democrats will get 90 percent of black votes.

Why, almost a half century after the Civil Rights Act, does black poverty persist at twice the national average? Why are black unwed births and fatherless homes triple what they were in 1964? Why is AIDS disproportionately today a black disease? Why do black women account for one-third of all abortions?

The unfortunate lesson that blacks walked away with in 1964 was that they should start listening to politicians rather than preachers. They bought into the new American world without wisdom.

Now blacks will vote for a candidate, maybe a white woman, maybe a black man, both who opposed the Supreme Court's decision against partial birth abortion and both who think life's problems should and can be solved in Washington.

To recall the refrain of a popular song of the '60s, "When will they ever learn?"


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.