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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Conservatives will win in the future if they maintain their identity, stick to their principles and invite critics to compare conservative states like North Dakota and Texas to other states, writer Charlotte Allen suggested.

A revival of conservatism's two major traditions — conservative reform and promoting healthy mediating institutions — will help the country, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson wrote. In terms of conservative reforms, Gerson said the movement that humanely transformed welfare and reduced crime rates in troubled cities needs to lead in improving public education college attendance and completion, job training and health care access. To promote healthy mediating institutions, Gerson said conservatives should have the goal to "creatively strengthen value-shaping institutions — civic groups, religious charities and families — without letting government dominate or corrupt them."

>> House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, left, and Rep. Rick Lazio, R-N.Y., look over a chart on homelessness during a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, 1995 on Capitol Hill in Washington, with Neighborhood Leadership task force on grassroots alternatives for Public Policy. Gingrich met with the group seeking advice on welfare reform and other poverty issues.
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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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