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Abox5 asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Is this a fair definition of compassion?

Seems to me that conservative compassion is allocating a certain amount of one's wages to give to the charities of their choice.

A liberal definition of compassion is to find what he or she deems a worthy cause and and use the government as a middle man to make everyone that pays taxes contribute to it.

Don't you think this causes more friction between conservatives and liberals than most other issues?

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    Yes, yes it is.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, "conservative compassion" tends to involve economic conditions whereby millions starve to death in the streets, while a very few get extremely rich, and give a few bucks of their billions, now and then, to pay for opera houses, and once a year a meal for a couple of people, OR a meal a day, only if the hungry will accept the rich people's religion to be forced on them.

    In other words, conservative compassion has hardly any compassion to it at all. Mostly, it involves allowing the few to keep almost all of the profit of everyone else's labor, while most struggle or starve.

    We live in a representative democracy. The Constitution says that one purpose of government is to "promote the general welfare" (make things better for citizens in general).

    Since most Americans have the REAL kind of compassion, where we don't want the maximum needless suffering, but minimum, those who represent us allocate our tax money toward that general direction.

    Yes, the desire of conservatives to create an economy where 1% of the population owns 90% of the wealth, and everyone else are their slaves IS among the issues causing the most friction between conservatives and everyone else.

    It's simply not true that liberals have the power to control where tax money goes, most of the time, without support of the majority of Americans (and even with that support, the Republican party tends to force its unpopular agenda on the nation a lot of the time).

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Liberals define compassion by using bigger government (other people's money) to buy votes from those who are in need. Their compassion is how can you help me. Example: Busying in and giving box lunches to groups to support their cause in a town meeting. Conservative define compassion by using tough love. Sometime it is better for the individual to have his hand slapped than be kissed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Liberal compassion doesn't exist, it is just a sound bite bit.

    Liberals want to take others money and tell them what to do with it.

    Liberals give very little to charity, they leave that to the mean and hated concervatives.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it is the priemere difference between the two. That is why conservatives give 4 times more out of their own pockets than do liberals.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Compassion:

    You're walking down the street, you see a beggar on the corner, you

    (a) give him a dollar, or buy him a piece of fruit if you're going into the corner market anyway.

    (b) hide behind the trash barrel and jump the next person who comes across the crosswalk, take his wallet, and take a dollar out to give to the beggar, and give the wallet back

    (c) take ten dollars out of everyone's wallet, use seven to give people with your ideology permanent full-time government jobs, and give three dollars to poor people

    I say (a). Dems say (c).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes it is a fair description of compassion from the left.

    Republicans sit around and laugh at the "compassion" coming from the left. especially the abortion and dealth penalty subjects.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Compassion is a personal choice. And personal It should stay!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds about right.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes

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