Star Parker

Some 25 years ago I changed my life.

A visit inside a church opened my eyes to the destructive life I was living, financed by welfare checks generously provided by American taxpayers.

I got off welfare, went to work, got politically active and became a Republican. I didn’t become a Republican because of what the party looked like. I became a Republican because of what the party stood for.

Individual freedom, traditional values, with a view that government’s role is to protect our freedom at home and abroad.

For the next 25 years I had to suffer indignities from liberals who could not fathom that a black could be a Republican because she actually embraced these values.

But now, we have a strange turn of events.

Liberals no longer feel on the run like they did in the 1980’s and 1990’s. They are running the show and they know it. So I hear less from them.

Now the indignities come from inside the party that I embraced 25 years ago.

It was always the Democrats that were about interest group politics.

Now Republicans have somehow concluded that their party’s woes are because it once stood for something. So the game plan is to morph into the Democrats’ step sister.

Whereas once Republican buzzwords were family and freedom now it is inclusion. The marching orders, according to the post-election RNC “autopsy” report, is outreach to blacks, Hispanics, gays, women, and Asians. It’s now about what the party looks like, not what it stands for.

Christian conservatives, once the answer, are now the problem.

Which brings us to Bishop E. W. Jackson.

Bishop Jackson is an outspoken black Christian conservative with a law degree from Harvard. He also was just selected as the nominee for Lt Governor of Virginia.

Although Republicans are talking about black outreach, it is not, unfortunately, blacks like Jackson that they have in mind.

He is outspoken about limited government and personal freedom, about the importance of family and traditional marriage, and about doing something about the scourge of abortion.

In other words, E.W. Jackson stands for everything that the Republican Party once stood for.

He’s making the Republicans of inclusion squirm.

The current Republican Lt. Governor of Virginia, Bill Bolling, immediately criticized his party for nominating Jackson, saying it will feed the “image of extremism” in the party.

Ronald Reagan used to say that the 11th commandment was to not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

That commandment has now been modified to permit it if that fellow Republican is a Christian conservative.


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.