Compassionate Conservatism & the â€™08 Presidential Race
I just finished reading this great article on U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, who is considering a run for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. The thing that impresses me the most about Senator Brownback is his proven track record and tireless compassionate efforts to reach out to â€œthe poor, the downtrodden, those without a voice, those in difficult circumstances.â€ Heâ€™s sponsored and supported legislation protecting the unborn (Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act), the physically and mentally disabled, poor immigrants, people overseas who are persecuted for their political and religious beliefs (Iran Democracy Act & the North Korea Human Rights Act), those who are discriminated against and killed because of their race or ethnicity, those sold into slavery (Trafficking in Victims Protection Act) and those who are stricken with malaria and AIDS. In addition he is a â€œcommitted tax cutter and free trader, supporter of the war on terrorism, promoter of human rights and democracy abroad and of judicial conservatives.â€
If he runs for President, his message would focus around rebuilding the culture and the family.
â€œRegarding the domestic side of the compassion agenda, Brownback shows the influence of his late colleague Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who famously said: â€œThe central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.â€
Brownback can tend to keep a low pro-file in the Senate by not aggressively attacking his opponents, rather he works exceptionally well with his Democrat colleagues. Perhaps thatâ€™s why he â€œrecognizes that people can have good hearts, but come out a lot of different ways on policy means and ends.â€ He truly is a man who is working to make compassionate conservatism a reality in America. Kudos to Senator Brownback!
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