Star Parker

A new Rasmussen poll shows that following the Republican debate in New Hampshire, Michele Bachmann catapulted into the number two slot as a prospective nominee behind Mitt Romney.

Bachmann’s performance at the debate, her national debut as a presidential candidate, may well be seen as “A Star is Born.”

She was clear, focused, principled, and beautiful and became a focal point of excitement and surprise regarding her potential as a new Republican leader and star.

Many see Governor Romney as a formidable and impressive man.  And much of conventional wisdom – considering his experience, organization, money, capability, and presidential persona – says that the Republican nomination is his to lose.

But, these are not conventional times.

Similar conventional reasoning assumed that Hillary Clinton, and not a young black man who had not completed even one term in the US Senate, would capture the Democrats’ nomination in 2008.

Barack Obama achieved the unimaginable by tapping into general dissatisfaction with the status quo, a sense among voters that what is wrong with America reflects business as usual in Washington, and inherent American idealism.

Three years later, these same voter sentiments are still there.  But now many who jumped on the Obama train understand that he was just slick, new packaging for old big government liberalism. 

Three years later, with 9% unemployment and no signs of recovery, it’s clear to even those not inclined to ideology that this is not the change they had in mind.

Only 20 percent of Americans, in latest Gallup polling, are satisfied with the way things are going in the country.

Only 44 percent believe that today’s youth in America will grow up to have better lives than their parents.  This is the most pessimistic recording ever of this sentiment.

Sadly, our nation today is a ship lost at sea.  We are in dismal shape.  And we are not going to recover until we come to terms with this fact.

Look at Greece.  The country is bankrupt due to misguided welfare state policies.  Undisciplined government spending fueled by the lie that government can solve all of life’s problems for its citizens has now hit the wall of reality, as the well has run dry.

Citizens have taken to the streets because they can’t believe it’s true.  Surely there must be an infinite source of funds to finance everything they want.

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.