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  Hoover Institution - Hoover Digest - What Compassionate Conservatism Is—And Is Not
Compassionate conservatism acknowledges the need to help those that prosperity has left behind but insists that the best way to deliver the help is by giving poor individuals the means to secure their help through the marketplace.
Compassionate conservatives believe that most people, most of the time, have the capacity to run their own lives and affairs for themselves (i.e., to be self-governing citizens, not passive clients of government or helpless victims of external social forces).
Compassionate conservatism, then, refocuses government to respect both individuals and the market, providing opportunities that allow individuals to achieve their highest potential, which in and of itself is compassionate.
www.hoover.org /publications/digest/3492491.html   (2623 words)

  
  Compassionate conservatism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Compassionate conservatism is a political philosophy that was invented by Marvin Olasky, who went on to memorialize it in his 2000 book Compassionate Conservatism: What it is, What it Does, and How it Can Transform America, and Myron Magnet of the Manhattan Institute.
They say that the principles of conservatism lead to a more prosperous and stable society that is inherently compassionate towards others, in which local communities help their own in a neighborly fashion, rather than depend on national efforts with less community based understanding of issues.
Opponents claim that compassionate conservatism is a meaningless phrase, an oxymoron, and an example of hypocrisy intended to confuse voters and simultaneously appeal to the middle and right of the political spectrum.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Compassionate_conservatism   (824 words)

  
 Stephen Goldsmith: What Compassionate Conservatism Is--and Is Not   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Compassionate conservatism acknowledges the need to help those that prosperity has left behind but insists that the best way to deliver the help is by giving poor individuals the means to secure their help through the marketplace.
Compassionate conservatives believe that most people, most of the time, have the capacity to run their own lives and affairs for themselves (i.e., to be self-governing citizens, not passive clients of government or helpless victims of external social forces).
Compassionate conservatism, then, refocuses government to respect both individuals and the market, providing opportunities that allow individuals to achieve their highest potential, which in and of itself is compassionate.
www.hooverdigest.org /004/goldsmith.html   (2616 words)

  
 Solving President Bush’s Urban Problem by Myron Magnet, City Journal Winter 2001
Compassionate conservatism, waving away the claim that liberal nostrums are the only possible expression of "compassion" for the poor, charges that liberal prescriptions, good intentions notwithstanding, have not only failed but have in fact made the lot of the poor worse over the last 35 years.
Compassionate conservatism recognizes that the intact, two-parent family is far and away best for bringing up children to be sturdy citizens, and that therefore it is not right even when rich men abandon their children in search of adventure in middle age.
Compassionate conservatism puts a lot of stock in "charitable choice" for that reason: it allows government funds to go to the kind of effective private helping agencies that have no trouble about lacing their help with a message of self-help and personal responsibility.
www.city-journal.org /html/11_1_solving_president_bushs.html   (4529 words)

  
 ACJ Article: Compassionate Conservatism
For example, a major thematic shift in compassionate conservatism is the extrapolation of the idea of entrepreneurship into the social sphere; this "social entrepreneurship" is the conservative alternative to the Welfare State-- and it reflects a desire among compassionate conservatives to address the nature of a virtuous society through conservative means.
Compassionate conservatives make sure that no one is placed in a particular type of program against his will, but they also try to make sure that religious people are free to communicate their values." 37 This faith-based initiative, compassionate conservatives argue, offers both flexibility and choice to the needy.
Given that the idea of compassionate conservatism emerged during the prosperous 1990s, it is not surprising that much of the rhetoric is focused on moving beyond wealth and material accomplishments toward a “renewal” of community and morality.
www.acjournal.org /holdings/vol6/iss4/articles/kuypers.htm   (9213 words)

  
 Article | What Is Compassionate Conservatism?
Compassionate conservatism really is the effort to make these solutions central to national politics.
The liberal worldview, which has reigned for over a generation, purveys such notions as that the only way to reduce crime is to cure its "root causes." Compassionate conservatism waves away the claim that such nostrums are the only possible expression of "compassion" for the poor.
Compassionate conservatism derails the Democratic Party's greatest rhetorical advantage, its demonstrably empty claim of a monopoly on caring about the worst-off.
www.manhattan-institute.org /html/_wsj-what_is_compassionate_con.htm   (1362 words)

  
 Archive | July 1999 | Compassionate conservatism or conned conservatism?
Compassionate conservatism's core belief is that liberals do not have a monopoly on compassion, and that the "true measure of compassion lies not in the intensity of emotion, but in the public good that accompanies an act" as one book reviewer wrote.
Compassionate conservatism, by contrast, accepts the principle that a person is obligated to help anyone who is less fortunate then they are -- essentially an argument against capitalism.
The problem with compassionate conservatism is that in reality it is the same as the welfare state that the Democrats have been championing since Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "The Republicans may prefer that your money be spent on the state rather than the federal level.
www.enterstageright.com /archive/articles/0799comcon.htm   (929 words)

  
 What is Compassionate Conservatism?
Embracing the ideology of "Compassionate Conservatism", the president and a majority of Republican congressional members signal their willingness to surrender conservative principles that have characterized the party for decades to the primary tenet of Liberalism: the public perception that Liberals and Democrats have a monopoly on compassion.
If "Compassionate Conservatism lays out a program to attack poverty without compromising conservative principles," then why aren't traditional conservatives out in the street outraged at the insinuation that it is their values which are responsible for the plight of the poor?
Compassionate Conservatism is an ideology that promotes not individualism, but citizenry; not self-interest, but a duty towards others; not the right to exist for one's own sake, but to live a life of service to others.
www.geocities.com /rationalargumentator/Compassionate_Conservatism.html   (1025 words)

  
 Compassionate Conservatism: President Bush's Statement Promiting Compassionate Conservatism to Poor, Colored, ...
It is compassionate to publicly assert that elimiting poverty is a priority, and it is conservative to nevertheless propagate the socioeconomic inequity which dooms successive generations of your families to the poverty and squalor which breeds crime in the first place.
It is compassionate to eliminate the affirmative action programs which assume that you can't succeed on your own merit, and it is conservative to be color-blind when sentencing hugely disproportionate numbers of coloreds to death row.
Once again, Compassionate Conservatism to the rescue: it is conservative to impose especially harsh sentences on charges of non-violent possession of inexpensive cocaine, and it is compassionate to allow you to break the cycle of addiction while secluded for months on end in the drug-and-plumbing-free splendor of solitary confinement.
www.whitehouse.org /news/2002/050102.asp   (707 words)

  
 RENEWING ONE NATION: COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM
Compassionate Conservatism is actually the philosophical opposite of the social liberalism that attempts to enshrine indifference (liberals call it 'neutrality') in legislation to forms of anti-social behaviour - eg infidelity, minor crimes or drug abuse.
The emphasis of Compassionate Conservatism - or One Nation Conservatism in the British context - on marriage, fatherhood, community-based action and character education represents a genuinely new alternative to both the Left's emphasis on political remedies to social exclusion and the Social Darwinism of libertarians.
Compassionate Conservatism or, in the British tradition, One Nation Conservatism essentially centre on one mission: the renewal of the values that underpin freedom and the civil institutions that generate and sustain these values.
website.lineone.net /~renewing/olasky.htm   (1285 words)

  
 'Compassionate Conservatism' Goes To War
It is the very specific ideological compassion of "compassionate conservatism." Far from trying to hide this, he boasts that he “had planned a new initiative called Communities of Character, designed to spark a rebirth of citizenship and character and service.
If "compassionate conservatism" is the standard of religious virtue, it is the ideology on which all virtuous people around the world must agree.
Bush and his speechwriters are using the language of "compassionate conservatism" to tie together all the pillars of their war rhetoric: national unity, firm resolve to pass the test, and obedience to God’s will, insuring continuing divine guidance.
www.commondreams.org /views01/1110-05.htm   (2697 words)

  
 OpinionJournal - Federation
Compassionate conservatism is at the center of that debate.
Compassionate conservatism has also included adherence to social conservatism, though its advocates are reluctant to trumpet this relationship too loudly.
Compassionate conservatism could be said to be limited-government conservatism minus fiscal restraint, a discourse on constitutionalism, and a disdain for politically correct shibboleths.
www.opinionjournal.com /federation/feature/?id=110008730   (2458 words)

  
 My opinion Jonah Goldberg: Sayonara to compassionate conservatism? | www.azstarnet.com ®
The compassionate conservatism of such intellectuals as Marvin Olasky and Myron Magnet was really just a fleshing-out of these neocon observations.
Traditional conservatism, on the other hand, considers a lean government essential to the task of fulfilling its core responsibilities.
Compassionate conservatives want the state to be your daddy.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/94783   (605 words)

  
 Bush's Compassionate Conservatism Will Undermine the Republicans and Capitalism by Andrew Bernstein -- Capitalism ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Bush advocates an ideology he calls "compassionate conservatism." This appeasing term was coined by Bush as a feeble attempt to deflect criticism of the GOP for favoring less government.
"Compassionate conservatism" is in essence nothing more than the theory -- and the practice -- of the welfare state.
Bush and the Republican exponents of this "compassionate conservatism" are frightened appeasers, scurrying to avoid being labeled heartless for supporting capitalism and freedom.
www.capmag.com /article.asp?ID=127   (830 words)

  
 Compassionate Conservatism
Compassionate conservatism, rather than simply being a slick vote-getting slogan, is a political philosophy—one that George Bush genuinely embraces and that has formed the policies of his administration.
The guiding moral principle of compassionate conservatism is the idea that we, by way of our government, have a “duty” to serve the needs of the poor, the homeless, the sick, and the aged—hence “compassionate,” which means desiring to relieve the pain and suffering of others.
Compassionate conservatism accepts the collectivist premise that solving the problems of the poor is the “duty” of society as a whole.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-bloggers/1747344/posts   (4775 words)

  
 Marvin Olasky: Author of 'Compassionate Conservatism' and George W Bush Guru
Olasky's book Compassionate Conservatism: What it is, What it Does, and How it Can Transform America was released in 2000, just in time for Bush's campaign.
An unspoken premise in the notion of "compassionate conservatism" is that poverty is a punishment for sin, and that a "right" relationship with God will reverse bad fortunes.
Compassionate conservatism is the latest scheme to launder taxpayer money through the church and into the pockets of the wealthy.
www.jesus21.com /poppydixon/olasky/olasky_compassionate.html   (1233 words)

  
 Compassionate conservatism, RIP?
Given the variants of conservatism, I think not, but this column argues that the expression "compassionate conservatism" is insulting.
Compassionate Conservative might mean something if even a handful of the politicians who like the label were actively taking steps not just to eliminate federal programs that lack Constitutional warrant, but also shift those to the states where they belong (e.g., most people do want some sort of social safety net for the truly disabled).
Compassionate conservatism is not redundant, it is oxymoron.
www.worldmagblog.com /blog/archives/018514.html   (4130 words)

  
 Townhall.com :: Columns :: Is this the end of 'compassionate conservatism'? by Jonah Goldberg - Sep 23, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The compassionate conservatism of such intellectuals as Marvin Olasky and Myron Magnet was really just a fleshing-out of these neoconservative observations (though, in Olasky's case, with a bit more religion thrown in).
Traditional conservatism, on the other hand, considers a lean government essential to the task of fulfilling its core responsibilities.
To its credit, compassionate conservatism understands this better than liberalism, which is why Bush wants to release "the armies of compassion" on the poor.
www.townhall.com /columnists/jonahgoldberg/jg20050923.shtml   (937 words)

  
 Washington Examiner: Opinion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
But as a political slogan compassionate conservatism was always a low blow.
The second problem is that compassionate conservatism necessarily demands government activism.
Compassionate conservatives want the state to be your daddy.
www.dcexaminer.com /articles/2005/09/23/opinion/op-ed/58oped23goldberg.txt   (1505 words)

  
 'Compassionate Conservatism: It's The Big Idea' by Craig von Buseck -- CBN.com Spiritual Life
In his book, Compassionate Conservatism, Marvin Olasky, disagrees with Baldassare's assessment, pointing out that the political philosophy espoused by Governor Bush not only has substance, it has results that can and must be quantified.
As he confronted the press with the concept of compassionate conservatism, Olasky discovered that they often had two sets of questions.
Compassionate conservatives make sure that no one is placed in a particular type of program against his will, but they also try to make sure that religious people are free to communicate their values."
www.cbn.com /spirituallife/BibleStudyAndTheology/Perspectives/vonBuseck_ComapssionateConservatism.asp?option=print   (1609 words)

  
 WorldNetDaily: No to 'compassionate conservatism'
But he and George W. Bush are barking up the wrong tree if they think "compassionate conservatism" is going to rally popular support necessary to effect the real change needed to turn this country around.
"Compassionate conservatism," Olasky admits, is an attempt to co-opt a tactic employed by the left during the last 35 years.
At best, "compassionate conservatism" can only slow down the momentum that is driving America down the road to serfdom.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=15020   (679 words)

  
 NCPA - Government And Politics - What Is "Compassionate Conservatism?"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The "compassionate conservatism" George W. Bush talks about is a coherent, principled philosophy that offers a superior approach to domestic policy than the overgrown welfare state, says former Indianapolis, Ind., mayor Stephen Goldsmith, a Bush adviser.
Compassionate conservatives believe government should have a limited role in people's lives and competition in the marketplace is the most effective means of producing social and economic progress.
Compassionate conservatives also believe prosperity must have a purpose -- that is, that more than just the marketplace is necessary for America to be a successful country.
www.ncpa.org /pd/govern/pd110200f.html   (357 words)

  
 Compassionate Conservatism - SourceWatch
As a political philosophy, compassionate conservatism serves as a true bridge from the era of big government as a way to solve social problems to a new era in which we will have a full and healthy trust in the people of this nation to govern themselves."[2]
According to the principles of compassionate conservatism, government has a responsibility, not to redistribute the wealth of citizens but to provide the underprivileged with skills and opportunities to create their own wealth." [4]
Compassionate Conservatism, The Connection, February 5, 2001: "Compassionate Conservatism has gone from campaign slogan to operative idea in George W. Bush's Washington.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Compassionate_conservatism   (1131 words)

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