Star Parker, and the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition for Urban Renewal & Education, www.urbancure.org was a single mother who went from welfare fraud to conservative crusader after receiving Christ. She returned to college and received a degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business. As a social policy consultant she regularly testifies before Congress and is a commentator on CNN, CNBC, CBN, FOX News, the BBC, and is a syndicated columnist fro Scripps Howard News Service. She is also the author of three books.
In a recent Op-Ed by Parker titled, "Time for Steels to go as RNC chair," she wrote that, "This is not a time when we can muddle through with a leader who is not sure who he is, who is not clear about the principles of his party, and who is not consumed with the importance of the cultural war that we now confront."
Parker said that the "defining moment" came for her with the recent GQ magazine interview with Steels, (see ACR, March 13, 2009, "RNC Chair Straddles Abortion Issue"), which she says Steele sounded more like a Democrat than a Republican.
In her Op-Ed Parker said, "We now have the most left-wing president in our history using the excuse of a recession and the leverage of his honeymoon, together with decisive democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, to turn our country into the Soviet States of America." She complained that "instead of a clear and articulate message" from the GOP, "the press has been writing about Steele and Rush Limbaugh."
Parker wrote that, "Not only does the RNC chairman not seem to share the values of his party, or even to agree with his party's platform, but also he is a public relations disaster."
All conservatives Parker claims had doubts about Steele. She referenced another interview he had during his 1996 campaign for the Senate with the late Tim Russert, when he said he accepted Roe v. Wade as "stare decisis" meaning accepted legal precedent. Also, Steele's involvement with the Republican Leadership Council, which supports pro-abortion and gay-rights candidates concerned social conservatives.
She concludes her Op-Ed with the statement, "The Republican party needs a chairman who wants to fight this fight. It seems pretty clear that Michael Steels is not that man."
The American Conservative Republican feels that maybe a politician that tries to take both sides of an issue might not be the best choice for GOP chairman and that Michael Steele may serve his party best by steeping aside.
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