Star Parker

In a Gallup survey done in the last quarter of 2013, 46 percent of Americans self-identified as Independent – an all time high.

And just 22 percent identified as Republican – an all time low.

Americans want change and the Republican Party establishment does not. This is the problem.

When Thad Cochran began service in Washington, 85 percent of the American population was white, compared to 64 percent today.

Mississippi has the largest percentage of blacks in the nation – 37 percent of its population. Forty four percent of this black population is poor.

These low income Americans can and must be courted by a party that will promote pro-growth, pro-family policies that they and all Americans need. A Republican Party promoting this agenda as an alternative to the welfare state left that has done grave damage to these low-income communities would be welcome.

Protecting a 76-year-old Senator who has been in Washington for almost half a century, with no interest beyond protecting the status quo, is the sign of a Party who is the problem, not the solution.

Mississippi grass roots Republicans have spoken and the Party establishment should accept it. The change that should occur in Mississippi should serve as a message there and around the nation.

Get rid of the old and bring in the new.

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.