With the looming prospect of further erosion in Republican representation in the November election, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) points to the primary cause: the Republicans’ faith in the flawed message of “compassionate conservatism.”
Compassionate conservatism’s next step – its implicit claim that charity or compassion translates into a particular style of activist government involving massive spending increases and entitlement expansion – was its undoing. Common sense and the Scriptures show that true giving and compassion require sacrifice by the giver. This is why Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell his possessions, not his neighbor’s possessions. Spending other people’s money is not compassionate.
The voters have finally figured out that if they’re going to get huge government spending and controls, no matter who they elect, why not stick with the experts in big government, the Democrats?