Compassion in Politics
If I were to ask you the following question, how would you answer?
“Hey (your name here), if you had to choose between programs being run by the government or by private agencies, which would you choose and why?”
I found my methodology a while back. I was walking through Davis-Kidd in Nashville a few years ago and stumbled across a book by Michael Gerson called “Heroic Conservatism.”I don’t know what drew me to the book, but I picked it up, sat down and read the first 2 chapters inside the store. When I realized I hadn’t moved in some time, I stood up, bought the book, and went home and finished it.
The idea behind Gerson’s book is as follows: Americans can be Conservative and still help others in such way that, not only is the Government uninvolved, but intentionally uninvolved. It’s known nationally as Compassionate Conservatism. This is an idea espoused by Governor George W. Bush during his campaign for President in 2000. A major focus of his campaign was the notion that Republicans weren’t just greedy, big-business loving, tax-cut seeking Americans; they were a compassionate people. However, they didn’t want their compassion to be mandated by government. It took me a long time to figure out where I stood among conservatives. After I read this book, it was clear to me. I honestly believe that people will never leave the mire of government run programs/systems until they shut down.
I want to help people, but I don’t want it done in the name of the US Federal Government.