Liberalism’s Compassion Problem

It’s the line that left-wingers use to try to stop conservatives cold: “I can’t believe that you don’t have any compassion for the poor.” Liberals have claimed the mantle of compassion for the poor and weak, and wield it as an iron rod against free-market heretics. Consider the left-wing reaction to Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Brad Bannon of US News and World Report, for instance, admonishes Ryan:…

 

Liberalism cheapens and devalues compassion. Real compassion is individual activity: it is forging relationships, contributing time and money to worthy causes, and showing care and responsibility toward others. Walking into the voting booth and casting a ballot for someone else to go do it is anything but compassionate.