Star Parker

Anyone that wants to know what is wrong with today’s Republican Party need only look to the state of Mississippi.

A 76-year-old Republican Senator, Thad Cochran, who has been serving in the United States Congress for 42 years, is running yet again for another six-year term. This, while his dementia-ridden wife has been sitting in a nursing home for the last 14 years.

In the primary last Tuesday, Cochran lost by half a point to Tea Party Republican challenger Chris McDaniel. But because McDaniel garnered 49.6 percent of the vote, short of the 50 percent mark, there will be a run-off.

Cochran should step aside now and acknowledge what is clear as a bell. Grass roots Mississippi Republicans, like Americans nationwide, want change.

But in a statement about what the Republican Party establishment is about today, they are encouraging him to continue. They would rather have an out-of-touch old man in the US Senate, without a single idea for dealing with our nation’s many problems, than the thought of a Tea Party candidate who wants to do something.

Three in four Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. Barack Obama was elected in 2008 in response to Americans wanting something new.

Now many Americans finally realize that what Obama has to offer they don’t want. So opportunity knocks for a newly energized and principled Republican opposition.

But instead of delivering something new, the Republican establishment – Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC, the US Chamber, and others – want to deliver what is old. Cochran’s agenda is to continue to serve up government pork to Mississippi and protect the interests of his friends in Washington.

America today barely resembles the nation when Thad Cochran first assumed office in January 1973.

The federal budget then was $250 billion compared to over $4 trillion today.

Medicare was a relatively new program, with 25 million enrollees, spending less than $3000 per enrollee, compared to over 50 million enrollees today, spending over $11,000 per enrollee.

Abortion was illegal. It wasn’t until several weeks after Cochrane first assumed office that the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion. Since then, for the duration of Cochran’s service in Washington, over 50 million unborn children have been destroyed.

Less than 10 percent of our babies were born to unwed mothers in 1973 compared to 42 percent today.

The personal computer did not exist and it would be another twenty plus years before the internet would become a commercial reality.

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.