Star Parker

President Obama has not backed off an inch in his pitch that the cause was inadequately regulated business.  In his recent speech in Osawatomie, Kansas he went on about how “Banks and investors (were) allowed to keep packaging the risk and selling it off.”

Washington’s answer to the crisis reflects Obama’s take on things.  The Dodd Frank Act enacted a major new regulatory regime on banks.  Yet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain standing, untouched, still sucking up taxpayer funds, and backing practically all new mortgages issued today.

It seems that Obama has captured public sentiment on this central and significant issue.

Some conclude this all means that Republicans must water down the conservative message and nominate a moderate. 

But Americans crave answers, clarity, leadership.  This call will not be answered by ambiguity.

Obama is no moderate.  If Democrats can nominate a hard core liberal, why can’t Republicans offer a clear conservative alternative?

They can and must.  But let’s remember basic salesmanship.  If you’ve got the best product and its not selling, the problem is not the product but how it’s being sold.

The challenge in selling freedom only increases when times are hard and people become fearful.

The best salesperson is one who is totally sold themselves on their product.

We need a conservative leader who unwaveringly believes that a return to freedom and moral clarity is what this nation needs.  And one who can convey this conviction and convince worried, struggling Americans that conservative principles are the recipe for national revival and will make their lives better.

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.