Jeffrey Hart sez ... these discredited Bushian policies must be dropped:
the block on stem cell research
income tax cuts for the wealthy
attaching Social Security to the Stock Market (privatization)
repatriating 12 million illegal immigrants instead of offering them a road to citizenship ("amnesty")
Sez Jeffrey Hart:
A major -- perhaps insoluble -- problem conservatives face is that the aggressive "social conservatism" of the Republican base and its activists does not appeal to moderates and independent voters.
Getting more specific, Jeffrey Hart sez:
First, the Republican party must distance itself from evangelicalism as the policy preferences of evangelicals have only minority support....
Second, the Republican party must drop its hostility to science:
Bush blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and advocated teaching intelligent design along with evolution. Teaching intelligent design? Where? Biology class? Not since the 1920s has evolution been a subject of political controversy. Astonishing. Now it is controversial again because we are in what historians describe as the third evangelical awakening.
Third, and to put it simply, the Republican party finds itself on the wrong side of history and in opposition to history, like the freedom of women over themselves and their bodies.
4. Movement conservatism is dead. Not acknowledging that would in itself be fatal.
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