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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Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, wrote that the Obama administration's "Life of Julia" slideshow depicted a "clear, specific and honest vision of the relation between the citizen and her state in a liberal future," but emphasized gaps like family, friends, and neighbors. It is those gaps, Continetti said, that conservatives need to address as they work to strengthen the moral and material basis of families, communities, churches, police and soldiers.

For conservatism, the family breakdown is a profound challenge, Economics 21 policy advisor Reihan Salam wrote, because free societies depend on a citizenry that has the capacity — "intellectually, morally and economically — to take on the task of enriching the life we share in common. These capacities are formed not in schools, but rather in families." The evaporation of stable families, therefore strikes at the foundation of the associational life, Salam continued.

The challenge for conservatives in the future will be to "advance family-friendly policies without being unpleasantly moralistic or sectarian about it," the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto said.
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American Fork, UT

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

Salt Lake City, UT

The future of Conservatism?


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