Here are two examples of what he is talking about. Instead of focusing mainly on caring for the sick, the emphasis should be on finding cures for diseases, like Alzheimer's and cancer, which are costly to treat.
Example two: the House leadership last Tuesday brought a bill to the floor that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill has zero chance of passing the Senate. It has less chance of being signed by the President. Instead, Republicans should place themselves on the side of giving more information to women, empowering them by making it law that they view a sonogram of their baby before they have an abortion. That could possibly lead to fewer abortions, the goal of pro-lifers, and likely make ineffective legislative measures unnecessary.
With abortion and so many other issues, Republicans are locked in an ideological prison. It isn't about compromising pro-life and other principles. It is about looking to the future and re-crafting the argument for a new generation that doesn't speak the language of the past or accept many of its values.
"The opportunity for Republicans to play the lead role in developing a breakout system is historic," says Gingrich, "and will both reward the party with victory and reward the country with vast new opportunities for jobs, economic growth, long-term prosperity, greater learning, better health and greater security."
What's not to like about that? As the late Washington Redskins head coach George Allen said: "The future is now."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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