Give a man a fish .........
And all it's typical crap: lots of unsupported assertions, lots of moralizing, lots of circular arguments, faulty logic, and projecting. Put Gerson in some priestly robes and the picture is complete.
Christan and Socialist are mutually exclusive terms.
One cannot be both.
"Compassionate Conservatism" - is in fact nothing more than "Socialism" with a new name.
What concerns me is not what this person believs however, it is the fact that he was Bush's speechwriter.
So, now let us focus on is this man a "National Socialist", or an "International Socialist".
Bump for later...
And "Compassionate Conservatism", is what Bush wanted to be known by, his label.
This begs the question, "Is Bush a Socialist?"
I realize that my question will spark some harsh replies, but I voted for him two times.
"a political movement that elevates abstract antigovernment ideology above human needs"
It is not the duty of Government to provide for 'human needs', first that list is an endless and varied list that no one can fill.
So this is the man who led conservatives on the path to socialism lite.
Anyone who avoids seeing that "The Great Society" accomplished more destruction of the "family" in the United States than did anything else in our history is being deliberately blind and stupid.
There is such bliss and inner peace in liberalism that it's a wonder we don't all succumb. When you are liberal you never ever need to look at the consequences of your actions.
It just gets worse every day.
That message worked for Reagan in 1980 and 1984, and the "GOP leaders" like that well enough. But an antigovernment message didn't work for Goldwater or for other candidates who've tried it. And even Reagan's victories didn't make the government any smaller.
I suspect people, even if they don't like Bush's budgets, don't trust "anti-government" or "anti-statist" rhetoric because they don't know what people are trying to evoke with such language or how far they are willing to go.
A majority of Americans trusted Reagan. Very few trust the Randians and Rockwellites who often make use of "antigovernment" rhetoric for radical quasi-anarchist purposes. And whatever any of us thinks of Gerson, people are right not to have much use for that extreme fringe.
OK, commie, what should conservatives (or those of any other political persuasion) offer inner-city neighborhoods? The answer is simple - we taxpayers already give too much to deadbeats. We owe the inner city NOTHING.
The time has come that stop the practice of feeding, clothing, and sheltering those that commit violence and fail to contribute in a positive way to society. Until people have to earn their own way, they will not do so.
Sorry if I sound harsh, but 5 decades of welfare has done nothing to solve the problems inherent in many inner-city neighborhoods. Expanding the program will only increase the price of non-achievement.