Star Parker

Republicans must start crystallizing principles. And it's time to be bold. Our country is in trouble. In this sense, I think Mike Huckabee, who won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voters Summit last week, is someone to pay attention to.

The strength of Huckabee's candidacy was a big surprise in 2008. And a lot of establishment Republicans still have a hard time taking him seriously.

But let's keep in mind that these same establishment Republicans are the reason their party is now on the outside looking in.

Huckabee is singular in staking out principled and courageous stands badly needed today.

At the Values Voters Summit, he re-stated his support for totally overhauling our tax system, getting rid of the income tax, and replacing it with a national sales tax (the Fair Tax).

Huckabee courageously stated during a recent trip to Israel opposition to creation of a Palestinian state.

He pointed out appropriate concern when 20 percent of the population of Israel is Arabs but the Palestinians demand zero Jewish presence as a pre-condition for the state they say they need.

How can Americans pressure Israel to relinquish territory and compromise its security to those motivated by hate rather than by ideals of freedom?

Regarding "death panels", Huckabee correctly pointed out that our government has been sanctioning death since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Whether it's Huckabee or others, Republicans need to get positive, principled, and aggressive. Republicans ought to heed Bill Clinton's advice.


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.