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Subsequently, it all went downhill.

What characterizes the years from the late ‘60s/ early ‘70s up until the present is vast expansion of government power and intrusion into the lives of citizens. In other words, the more government goes where it doesn’t belong, the more confidence and trust that citizens feel in their government deteriorate.

Only when we were attacked, when government was the focus of what is clearly its job — national defense — did trust get back above 50%.

The flow of information from the economic and cultural fronts in the nation radiates troubling news.

Inflation is surging for the first time in over 30 years. National debt is growing to dangerous levels, equal to the size of our whole national economy with projections from the Congressional Budget Office that it will get much worse.

Our entitlement programs — Social Security and Medicare — have severe projected financing problems that make it impossible to continue without major reform.

Culturally, family and marriage are collapsing. Birthrates are at historic lows, and surveys show Americans of ages where families are formed indicate low interest in having children.

America needs conservative leadership to get us back on track with policies driven by traditional American values of limited government.

“American Strength: Conservative Solutions Worth Fighting For” serves up the blueprint. I was honored to write the chapter on Overcoming Poverty and Building Long- Term Wealth. But I am in distinguished company with leaders such as Ken Langone, founder of The Home Depot; Sens. Tim Scott and Pat Toomey; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Pastor John Hagee; Dennis Prager; and others, covering the full gamut of domestic and foreign policy The USA is badly in need of a 21st-century conservative makeover.

Nikki Haley and Stand for America serve up the vision and the plan.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2021 CREATORS. COM

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