Peter Berkowitz proffers the following as a basis for conservative renewal:
- An economic program, health-care reform, energy policy and protection for the environment grounded in market-based solutions.
- A foreign policy that recognizes America's vital national security interest in advancing liberty abroad but realistically calibrates undertakings to the nation's limited knowledge and restricted resources.
- A commitment to homeland security that is as passionate about security as it is about law, and which is prepared to responsibly fashion the inevitable, painful trade-offs.
- A focus on reducing the number of abortions and increasing the number of adoptions.
- Efforts to keep the question of same-sex marriage out of the federal courts and subject to consideration by each state's democratic process.
- Measures to combat illegal immigration that are emphatically pro-border security and pro-immigrant.
Some of this squares too many circles too easily. But it's the right general approach, which means it is unlikely to find much favor in the Dixified rump of the GOP.
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