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Compassionate Conservatism
Properly Understood

Weekly Standard, by GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB

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Posted By:Oblio, 1/5/2013 8:35:15 AM

Defeat, like death, concentrates the mind wonderfully. It also liberates the mind. People venture to think the unthinkable, or at least, the impermissible. A new generation of conservatives may be moved to reconsider some ideas that have fallen into disuse or even disrepute. Compassion is one such idea. Shortly after the election, Paul Ryan, addressing the Kemp Foundation, took the measure of the situation in which conservatives now find themselves. In the course of his remarks, he uttered the word “compassion” or “compassionate” five times, by my count?—?in a favorable sense.

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The author is Bill Kristol´s mother, Irving Kristol´s wife and 90 years old. Amazing woman, amazing mind.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 1/5/2013 9:01:50 AM     (No. 9099890)

Himmelfarb wrote a fabulous book a while back about the difference between subjective values and the emphasis prior generations made of the much sturdier concept of virtue. No one has ever claimed their virtues are as good as mine because one either practices the traditional virtues or one does not.

Part of the sickness in out society is that most of those at the top of the heap preach subjective values to the masses while they still tend to lead their own lives according to old fashioned virtues such as hard work, delayed gratification, sobriety and sexual continence. They wouldn´t have gotten to the top of the heap if they hadn´t.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WAN2, 1/5/2013 9:11:19 AM     (No. 9099904)

A neutered nation lists "compassion" as the reason.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 1/5/2013 9:18:55 AM     (No. 9099917)

"Compassionate conservatism" is redundant. Any truly compassionate person, if he is the least bit informed and intellectually honest, is radically, uncompromisingly conservative.

Compassionate progressive/liberal, by contrast, is an oxymoron, unless it refers to actual morons.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bpl40, 1/5/2013 9:39:03 AM     (No. 9099951)

Wholly agree with #3. If explained properly by a communicator like RR not necessary to even mention it. Trouble is far too many want fish & chips served and fed. They are not interested in a net and sweat.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: krause, 1/5/2013 9:42:40 AM     (No. 9099956)

In a campaign, compassion is a winner with the electorate, even if it´s phony. The democrats know this. Unfortunately, their ´compassion´ actually makes things worse for the people that buy into it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Quigley, 1/5/2013 10:05:20 AM     (No. 9100006)

How about the Republicans talk about teleprompter´s "War on Savings" and how Teleprompter´s inflation will eat away at their savings?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Cleanhousein2012, 1/5/2013 11:13:06 AM     (No. 9100157)

#7 - I´m done with money-grubbing non-profits and charities. I´m tired of takers. I have nothing left to give, not money, not time, not even compassion.

Let the rich Progressives fund these organizations. What do you say " that progressives don´t give to charity? " Well, then let the charities run into the ground like the rest of us have been.

I´m finished with takers. Period.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: addicted_to_coffee, 1/5/2013 11:44:03 AM     (No. 9100229)

Dorothea Dix did not run to the government and demand that taxes be collected and spent on her projects.

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