Is Compassionate Conservatism Dead?

Today’s vote on the “Dream Act in both houses of Congress will give a us a clear indication. Are there any conservative Republicans who still harken to that call of Ronald Reagan and  President G.W. Bush? We will see.

I tend to think Compassionate Conservatism has been slain by the new tea-drinking “Kick-Ass-Conservatives” let by loud women from northern states.   This new group contends that we can have no compassion for law breakers or their children.  Seems their bible has be amended to say “Do unto others as you determine they deserve”  and  “hate your enemy and git ’em before they git you.”

For several years I had believed in the illusion that conservative politicians could both care about: lowering taxes AND raising opportunities for the poor, being pro-life for both the un-born AND the born, rewarding hard work and personal responsibility for both the native born AND the immigrant, and by recognizing that racism could be both a lame excuse for personal responsibility AND YET is a real reason for educational and economic disparities and for the daily struggles of persons of color.

Let me be clear, I know many conservatives who are compassionate.  People I highly respect have shown me how the above views can co-exist in a singe person.  Yet I have begun to believe politicians are not able to rise about the rancor of bi-partisan polarization to support a broad-base of issues that do not align with the pre-assigned positions of their political party.  For the record  I need to say, Democrats are typically no better.

I lost faith in Compassionate Conservatism after the election of Tim Pawlenty.  He talked good during his campaign and his visits to North Minneapolis, yet once he was elected, his allegiance to the Tax Payer League called him to turn his back on my neighborhood and others like it.  Now he want to be president…..

So today I hold my breath, hoping there are ONE or TWO conservatives who have not drunk from the angry tea-pot and will demonstrate compassion to the millions of kids who only want the opportunity to live in and contribute to the country they have come to love and call their own.

Can compassion triumph over political passion?

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5 thoughts on “Is Compassionate Conservatism Dead?”

  1. Marcos, right on! I took me years to understand that myself. I mean, for a very long time I though Republican meant christian. I’m not American, but lived there 12 years and I’m also very gratful to many Republican (and Democrat) Christians, and to that great nation. God used the people of that great nation to give opportunities that I never dreamed of. Some times I think about it and then reflekt upon the fact that there are many, many more that await for that chance. Keep the fight going!

  2. why is it that whenever you criticize politicians it is always republicans? democrats are pro-abortion — why not write about that. don’t you think the killing of millions of babies shows a lack of compassion above and beyond anything you’ve listed about republicans here?

  3. Rosworth,

    I’ll criticize Democrats as well, but…. my point is that the republicans are the party that claim to represent “Christian Conservatives” republicans claim to operate under “Compassionate Conservatism” – this was about the hypocrisy of claiming a biblical mandate on one issue and ignoring it on another.

  4. don’t democrats claim to be the most compassionate of all? yet they are for the killing of children. you don’t think that is way beyond the hypocrisy of the republican party? talk about hypocrisy — you might want to take a good look in the mirror.

  5. hey — I apologize for coming off so harsh, I just get so tired of the one-sided arguments. the truth is both parties suck, but the democrats are even worse, because they are pro-abortion as an official part of their platform. what kind of evil people would have that as one of their stated values?

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