Star Parker

Those who don't appreciate the importance of the social agenda should consider that when Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, 18 percent of American babies were born to unwed mothers. Today it is 40 percent. This kind of family disintegration is incompatible with a free and functioning society.

The second challenge, one getting some lip service but practically ignored by Republicans, is the demographic changes occurring in the country.

Although white Americans today constitute 65 percent of our population, the Census Bureau projects that whites will drop below 50 percent by 2042.

In 1976, ninety percent of voters were white. In 2008, 74 percent were white and it's estimated that this will drop to 70 percent in 2016.

Ninety percent of John McCain's support in 2008 was from white voters.

If the Republican Party is to have a future, it must reach non-white Americans, most of whom have been voting for Democrats.

Can this be done with success? Yes. And this is where the two challenges converge.

Not only do big government policies and the moral relativism of Democrats not solve the problems of black and Hispanic communities, they make them worse. Blacks and Hispanics are in critical need of the traditional values of conservatism and the prosperity that can come only from capitalism.

Taking on these two big challenges -- connecting free market capitalism with traditional values, and outreach to non-white America -- will secure a Republican and an American renaissance.


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.