Star Parker

It should be clear that a bold and talented leader -- one who is prepared to tell the truth to the American people and who can inspire their trust to take on the very programs from which they personally benefit -- is who we need.

The other reason Americans lean instinctively against the very ideas and leaders that they really need is the liberal mainstream media.

The latest example of this problem is Newsweek's grotesque cover portrait of Michele Bachmann, showing a bizarre deer-in-the-headlights picture of this beautiful woman with a caption - "The Queen of Rage."

Of course Michele Bachmann is enraged. Every normal American who cares about earning a living and about our future is enraged.

So there's the challenge. Republicans need to pick a candidate who can sell Americans on what they instinctively won't want to do and do it in a liberal media environment hostile to any candidate willing to tell the truth.

A clever candidate, like Romney, may exploit current dissatisfaction and get nominated, and maybe elected, by smooth talking and avoiding hard truths.

But then we'll have a leader who won't lead and where will we be?

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.