Can Cathy McMorris Rodgers Lead the Republican Party Back to Compassionate Conservatism?

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr

President Obama touched on several hot button issues as he addressed the economy, immigration and gun violence in his State of the Union on Tuesday (Jan. 28).

Responding for the GOP, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) hinted at a term that has faded from Republican rhetoric in recent years: compassionate conservatism. Compassionate conservatism is a the idea that the government should use traditionally conservative strategies to improve the general welfare of society.

“We believe in a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started,” she said. ”That is what we stand for – for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional.”

Used by Christian writers like World magazine editor-in-chief Marvin Olasky, former President George W. Bush adopted the phrase “compassionate conservatism” and popularized it as one of his key slogans during his 2000 presidential campaign. Now a Washington Post columnist, Mike Gerson was known for using the idea in his speechwriting for Bush.

Rep. Rodgers is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College, a conservative Christian college in Florida. The college was previously opposed to accreditation, but reversed its position and was accredited in 2013. In 2010 Rep. Rodgers brought her pastor, Pastor Tim Goble of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Colville, Washington, to DC to offer a prayer for a session of Congress.

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SOURCE:  
Religion News Service


  

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