Can Cathy McMorris Rodgers Lead the Republican Party Back to Compassionate Conservatism?
President Obama touched on several hot button issues as he addressed the economy, immigration and gun violence in hisÂ State of the Union onÂ Tuesday (Jan. 28).
Responding for the GOP,Â House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) hinted at a term that has faded from Republican rhetoric in recent years: compassionate conservatism.Â Compassionate conservatism is a the idea that the government should use traditionally conservative strategies to improve the general welfare of society.
â€śWe believe in a government that trusts people and doesnâ€™t limit where you finish because of where you started,â€ťÂ she said.Â â€ťThat is what we stand for â€“ for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional.â€ť
Used by Christian writers like World magazine editor-in-chief Marvin Olasky, former President George W. Bush adopted the phrase â€ścompassionate conservatismâ€ť and popularized it as one of his key slogans during his 2000 presidential campaign. Now a Washington Post columnist, Mike GersonÂ was known for usingÂ 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 andÂ was accreditedÂ in 2013.Â In 2010 Rep.Â RodgersÂ 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.
SOURCE:Â Sarah Pulliam BaileyÂ
Religion News Service