compassionate conservatism

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compassionate conservatism (uncountable)

  1. A political philosophy that stresses using traditionally Conservative techniques and concepts in order to improve the general welfare of society.
    • 1981 July 23, Vernon Jordan, New York Times, page 17
      I do not challenge the conservatism of this Administration. I do challenge its failure to exhibit a compassionate conservatism that adapts itself to the realities of a society ridden by class and race distinction.
    • 1984 September 20, Ray Shamie, Christian Science Monitor, page 19
      I believe in a visionary and compassionate conservatism
    • 1984 November 8, James Robert Jones (interviewee), New York Times
      I think we should adopt the slogan of compassionate conservatism.... We can be fiscally conservative without losing our commitment to the needy and we must redirect our policy in that direction.

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  • 1999 February 5, Myron Magnet, “What is compassionate conservatism?”, The Wall Street Journal [1]

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