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Compassionate Conservatism

The Problem With John Kasich's 'Compassion'

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

Toward the end of his concession speech in New Hampshire Tuesday night, John Kasich said some words that underline the unfortunate emptiness of his br...

Humans Are a "Unique Super-Predator" Claims New Research: We Really do Kill Here, There, and Everywhere

Marc Bekoff | Posted 08.21.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

While the BBC essay and others, including the original report in Science, do not make for especially pleasant reading, I urge everyone to read something about this new groundbreaking study, for its results are important for every single human on Earth.


Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush could wind up being America's next president. That's a statement that my fingers would actually refuse to type for several other Republicans, just because attempting to substitute "Donald Trump" or "Carly Fiorina" in that sentence would be so downright laughable.

The New Compassionate Conservatism and Trickle-Down Economics

Robert Reich | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Republican establishment's leading presidential hopefuls know the current upbeat economy isn't trickling down to most Americans. But they've got a whopping credibility problem, starting with trickle-down economics.

Jeb Bush's Pros and Cons

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Jeb does run, he may face Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. Now, a "Clinton vs. Bush" contest doesn't exactly thrill many people who are looking for perhaps a little more variety (and a little less dynasty) in our presidential choices, but it is indeed worth contemplating at this point, at least if Jeb is serious about running.

Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls? Let's Stop Bloody Conservation Practices

Marc Bekoff | Posted 01.05.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

The question at hand -- should we kill in the name of conservation -- isn't going to disappear anytime soon, if at all. Good people who care about other animals, with admirable goals, disagree on the need to kill for conservation.

Watch: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Politicians in Washington, D.C., seem to have stopped talking -- and listening -- to their colleagues across the aisle, contributing to our virtually deadlocked Congress. While Washington appears to have stopped their conversations, I decided to start a new one.

Compassionate Progressivism Can Stop the Balkanization of America

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

More signals this week that the Obama presidency is standing on its last lame-duck leg. I have now lost any great hope to see progressive legislation ...

So Much for 'Compassionate Conservatism'...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted yesterday to cut $40 billion from food stamps. In doing so, they decided to rewrite Marie Antoinette. "Let them eat nothing."

The End of Compassionate Conservatism? Why Jesus and Today's GOP Don't Mix

Derek Flood | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngLooking at the proposed Romney/Ryan budget, we see a perspective that completely flies in the face of the "Christian values" that Republicans want to claim to represent.

What Is Mitt Romney's View of Government?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Republicans rail against "big government" and any sort of assistance or program designed to help the 99%'ers. Which begs the question, just what is government for?

Jon Ward

Santorum Puts Libertarian Spin On Bush's Compassionate Conservatism | Jon Ward | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum is trying to bring back a version of George W. Bush's compassionate conservatism, with one major difference: very little t...

The End Of 'Compassionate Conservatism'?

Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion

By Amy Sullivan Religion News Service (RNS) The Republican presidential candidates competing for the affections of Florida voters have plenty of l...

Four Popular Safety-Net Programs Tea Party Republicans Have Turned Against

Jake Blumgart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

Ensuring that American students can attend school with full bellies seems like the most uncontroversial public policy of all time. Not so anymore, now that child nutrition has met the Tea Party.

The Republican Drift From Compassion

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Was President Bush wrong? Is Ron Paul right? Should the government stay out of these issues? Are these isolated events or is this the face of the Republican Party?

Is Compassionate Conservatism Dead?

Time Magazine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

In the wake of the debt-ceiling debate, young voters might find it hard to believe that just ten years ago, "compassionate conservative" was a mantle ...

Kicked Out of the Hammock?

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

In the past, the tale of the undeserving poor often gained a great deal of traction. They were folks not like us -- welfare mothers, gang members, poor pregnant teens. But the list of undeserveds is growing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Compassionless Conservatism

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Schwarzenegger's heartlessness towards the state's most vulnerable citizens in a time of economic collapse renders absurd the Republicans' attempts to paint their party as "kinder and gentler" or "compassionate."

A New Year and a New Environment

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

Little measures -- recycling, driving a most fuel-efficient car, walking, biking or using public transit, and installing low-flow shower heads -- can make a huge difference.

Conservatism Is Dead; Long Live Liberalism? (Part I)

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. long claimed to have found that American politics swing back and forth between conservative and liberal periods. After 8 years of Bush, a liberal comeback is due (if not overdue).