So the new "Trek" is a tonic. If it's a hit, box-office success could signal that the Kennedy/Roddenberry vision has a political future, as well as a past. For in the movie, we once again hear the clarion call, "These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise..." And so those neo-Sorensonian cadences all come flooding back, filling some of us with hope that a new generation will pick up the torch, carrying it to the far reaches of the future.
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James P. Pinkerton, a fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributor to the Fox News Channel, was a domestic policy aide in the Reagan and Bush 41 White Houses.