Star Parker

A new poll from Wenzel Strategies shows Rep. Todd Akin leading incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in the race for the Senate seat in Missouri.

It’s big news that Akin is still alive and kicking despite being abandoned by the national Republican Party leadership.

Akin, who refused to succumb to pressure from his own party leadership to get out of the race after poorly expressing himself in an interview on the issue of rape and abortion, has been left to his own resources and friends to raise funds.

According to the just published fundraising report for the last quarter, going through September, McCaskill outraised him almost four to one.

Yet, it’s still a race.

This contest captures the stark contrasts that delineate the most fundamental, rawest political currents of the country today.

On one side, we have McCaskill mouthing every predictable liberal position on all issues. You wouldn’t really even need her if you could operate a Senate seat off your iPad with an app called “liberal.”

Meet every challenge with more government. Spend, tax, regulate, subsidize, abort.

Meanwhile, in Akin we have a conservative who actually believes that the blessings of freedom depend on traditional values, limited government and personal responsibility. This opens him to caricature from liberals and provokes fear in establishment politicians.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in its recent endorsement of McCaskill, “Todd Akin…comes out of the new incarnation of the Missouri Republican Party, the one based on peddling simplistic solutions to fearful “values voters.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that for the years 2006 through 2010, 26 percent of the population of St. Louis, which is almost half black, lived below the poverty line.

It doesn’t seem to phase the Post-Dispatch that poverty in their own city persists at levels 60 percent above the national rate. They are more concerned about a conservative getting elected, who might actually try to do things differently.

Whereas insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results, doing things differently – like freeing up poor parents to send their kids to church schools and promoting politically incorrect traditional values – is for liberals and the Post-Dispatch editors simplistic.


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.