We bloggers on the Left have been bitching that NO one in the media is paying attention to the situation occurring on Wall Street…..Americans are protesting the Wall Street control of the economy and our lives….many people are tweeting about it and talking about it but the media is ignoring it for as long as possible……but finally…..Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC had a section in his show, the Last Word, on the antics of the police….please watch and see that the news gets out…….http://on.msnbc.com/riQN1a
Finally! Finally a media personality has shown some cajones! More needs to be done and reported….but at least someone in the media is watching……..
College of Political Knowledge
First, I want to send props out to a loyal reader and friend, Dusty of Left Wing Nut Job (please go to blogroll and visit this insightful site) for giving me the idea for this post……
Compassionate conservatism? You may recall the term from the GW Bush campaign in 2000 and 2004…that was what some were calling his candidacy…..But just what is it, right?
GW and his gang did not invent the term….it was first used by Donald Wead in 1977 in a book that he had written….but the term came into wide usage during the Reagan years and forward…..that is all well and good….but what is it?
Compassionate conservatism has been defined as the belief that conservatism and compassion complement each other. A compassionate conservative might see the social problems of the US, such as health care or immigration, as issues that are better solved through cooperation with private companies, charities and religious institutions rather than directly through government departments. As former Bush chief speechwriter Mike Gerson put it, “Compassionate conservatism is the theory that the government should encourage the effective provision of social services without providing the service itself.”
It is a catchy little term that I think should be retired from the vocabulary of anyone in the GOP. Yes, they still think that charities and such should be the ones that provide services to the people and the government is best that governs least, it has proven itself not very compassionate.
Look at recent events…..in three consecutive GOP debates….there was massive applause for a governor that had killed 200+ people, then there was a shouting contest to let a sick man without health insurance to be left to die and then the final straw was the booing of an American serviceman in Iraq who asked a question about gays serving openly….NOT one of those incidents shows any form of compassion in the least…
Then explain where is the compassion for the American people when GOP representatives, governors and legislators that are working to curtail the rights of workers or the assault on voting rights or the calling for the elimination of the department of education? Or how about, is it compassionate to raffle off the same gun that shot Rep. Giffords in her own district? Or better yet, is it compassionate to hold up needed disaster money while they play with budget games? Just what part of the GOP would you consider compassionate?
My suggestion is that as long as the GOP attacks the people and coddles the Wall Street crowd that they stop using the word….COMPASSIONATE! The days of a conservative using compassion are GONE!