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What is the future of conservatism? Writers, thinkers discuss at Commentary Magazine

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8 2013 4:12 p.m. MST

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Some conservatives relish living in a pessimistic world, "describing the inevitable national glide down the path to perdition in gruesome detail," Elliott Abrams, a deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration, wrote. Instead, conservatives should take advice from Ronald Reagan and realize that good cheer is the key ingredient for future success.

Conservatives should work to replace the "covetous, all-against-all social-democratic wisdom" with an optimistic, conservative vision, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks suggested. Artur Davis, a former Democratic member of Congress who spoke at the 2012 Republican Convention, agreed, saying conservatism "needs to rekindle the aspirations of Americans" who aren't winning, and who aren't building.

>> Former Representative Artur Davis addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Unless conservatism can shove religion and the tea party under the bus, it's future is on the margins.

Andy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The biggest issue is to drop the position on immigration. It makes no sense, it is hostile to good people and it is costing us lots of votes.

Probably second is to tone down the rhetoric on the finances. Almost everyone knows there must be some restraint on spending, but conservatives will always lose the debate if we are so easily painted as no taxes on millionaires. We look like we are protecting rich people instead of protecting the country with reasonable and responsible answers to real and pressing questions. You change those two issues and advertise a little bit in June - Aug and we win that election.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Right now the gut nut t-party has control it seems and is messing with anarchy if they don't get their way. They either have no real conviction of their rhetoric or they actually are preparing for a civil war over god, guns and gold.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

A return to common sense would help.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

republiconservatives should continue to do exactly what they have been doing.

The demographics are in their corner.

When their base realizes they will be sacrificed to fend for themselves by cuts in SS and Medicare, it will make the republicons in congress even more popular than they are now.

Perfect.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

And Reagan would be considered a RINO today by the GOP.

See item #9...
Republicans should stop hunting all RINOs.

I'm the same man I was 30 years ago - albeit, older and wiser.
I'm was Center Left then, and I'm Center-left now and I voted for Reagan, twice.

I didn't leave the GOP,
The GOP left me.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

The future of Conservatism?

None.

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