Definational Argument Compassionate Conservatism

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Compassionate conservatism….? Hitler banished a whole race from his country during the 1930s and 40s. He unlawfully searched their homes, took them captive and questioned their beliefs. Benito Mussolini was said to have controlled the Italian media and endorsed propaganda while slowly breaking down the democratic system in Italy and siding with Nazi Germany. Saddam Hussein was targeted for killing large quantities of his own people. And furthermore, he was under constant scrutiny for the potential of possessing weapons of mass destruction. None of us Americans consider these acts or people compassionate. After 9/11, George Bush put into place the Patriot Act, which allowed for investigation of any suspicious persons. This investigation included and still includes phone taps, house searches, detainment and many other violations of the first and fourth amendments. George Bush propagated during the 2000 election that Republican primary opponent John McCain’s captivity during the Vietnam War was not as heroic as it really was. And in the 2004 election, he downplayed John Kerry’s Purple Heart awards and the honorable service he gave this country. All the while, George Bush prospered off his ties with oil companies, businesses connected to his father and other outlets for his smut campaign against legitimate, qualified opponents. His administration also possesses enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over. George Bush executed more of his own people through capital punishment than any other governor in the history of the United States. Somehow, George Bush would like us Americans to believe that his actions are compassionate through his “compassionate conservatism” idea. A compassionate conservative is someone who believes that conservatism, “A political philosophy or attitude emphasizing respect for traditional institutions,
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Butler during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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