Can I hear an Amen! Richie, you act like that's a bad thing?!
Well, well well. Rich Flowry doesn't much like Governor Perry. I guess I better move Perry up on my list of potential candidates. Still behind Palin, Cain and Bachmann, but if Richie doesn't like him because he's not a "compassionate" conservative (meaning Rove, GOP Establishment big tenters selling out authentic conservatism, which does not need any squishy qualifier adjective in front of it thank you very much!, for votes), I like him all the moreso.
p.s. I've got to believe that if Bill Buckley was alive, Flowery would be demoted or fired immediately. Nordlinger, McCarthy ... ?
p.p.s. IMHO, everything about compassionate conservatism that lowry attributes to President Bush really lays at the feet of Rove, Norquist and other squishy big-tenters that had way too much influence in the second term.
Your impression/reaction to this article ping.
The author seems to think that promising more handouts is the only way to win an election. He might be right ... but it’s also going to kill the country. Can’t anyone see what’s going on in Europe?
What’s with the Huntsman dweeb saying at his announcement today that we’re for the first time going to be handing down a less compassionate country to our children, too? I was put off by him already, but that really got to me.
Agreed. Buckley picked a dud with Lowry. In my opinion, he’d have been far better off culling applicants for lack of military service.
Forget about “compassionate conservatism”, which is just “income redistribution lite”. Forget government compassion, period. Remember Ronaldus Magnus saying, the worst words in the English language were, “I’m from the Governmnet and I’m here to help you.” The Bible is even more pithy: “The mercies of the wicked are cruel”.
Haven’t we learned our lesson yet? Freedom means more people can go into business and have jobs to earn their keep. Government “compassion” means being a serf on the Government plantation.
I’ve always hated the phrase “compassionate conservative”, which implies that conseratives lack compassion. The liberals want to give the indigent all of the goose’e golden eggs, and will even kill the goose to feed them. Then what? When the productive elements in the private sector have been taxed into indigency, and the borrowing/printing of money collapses and our currency is worthless, how will the “compassionate” provide for the dependent class? Will they even care when their tables are empty, too?
Compassionate conservative = big government conservative = oxymoron
As a practice, "uncompassionate conservatism' is exactly right. The best way to help people is to help them less and get government out of the way.
As a rhetorical term, "uncompassionate conservatism" sounds like something James Carville dreamed up.
“Freedom” means, to people like Rich Lowry,
“people doing things liberals don’t approve of”.
Always a great line...
They already have done that with a number of issues. And they are right, Bush was a liberal and compassionate conservatism was a complete disaster. If you remember back we were promised compassionate conservatism would create a new significant minority voting base for Republicans, but in the end it just elected Obama/Speaker Pelosi.
Compassionate conservatism is a PC term for progressive Republican. It’s all ice cream, cake and sugar, laughs and good feelings until the cavities and diabetes begin. Years down the road we will blame the debt and social spending on liberal Democrats, as though progressive Republicans had nothing to do with it. No thanks! We’ve had enough of our progressive intelligentsia and the destruction it brings.
this whole article must be a lie, because I have been informed many times on this board that Perry is a RINO... seems to be a disconnect somewhere in the information chain.
“Bush spoke in dulcet tones. He separated himself from the firebrand politics of Newt Gingrich and even took a swipe at the insufficiently cheerful Robert Bork.”
I never met a single leftist who thought that Bush was “compassionate”. He was “Bushitler” to every one of them- despite all the pandering.
This is where a leader steps up and explains why giving government handouts is neither compassionate or conservative. GOVERNMENT IS NOT COMPASSIONATE!
Remember Reagan's quote? Government is not the solution to problems, it IS the problem. GW's damnable "compassionate conservative" bunk tricked a lot of us into voting for him while totally ceding the conservative arguments against government interference.
“But Bush had two insights. He realized that the party had to win over the center as well as the right, and that unadulterated doctrine would appeal most only to the doctrinaire.”
Pah. This is absolutely the wrong way to deal with people in the so-called center. The right conception is that they are people you want to convert to your way of thinking, not you converting to theirs. Instead of trying to moderate your way to the middle, you convince them to immoderate and tilt to the right. Measures such as the prescription drug benefit and No Child Left Behind were absolutely the wrong sort of thing to do- trying to out-Democrat the Democrats failed.
In this area, we should do what the Democrats do: Lie to the mush-brained middle, then do what we really intended when we get elected. In our case, though, we should do what is good for the USA.
If Rick Perry thinks the 10th Amendment is going to have cachet with voters worried about their jobs, their wages, and the value of their homes, hes been spending too much time at Federalist Society seminars.
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I wouldn’t bet on that. Rick Perry can clearly testify to how the over-reaching FedGov has tried to steamroll Texas.
People were fed up with the GOP and started kicking them to the curb in ‘06 because of the obscene spending and growth of government. They really thought they were going to get something better when they ushered in a Dem. congress and then Obama and more even more Dems in ‘08.
Now people aren’t just miffed, they’re pissed off.
BRING IT ON!