As Frum might say (but in a different context), you are “dead right.” I agree with you entirely. Of course, we now have tried Gersonism for 7 1/2 years, and the results are plain for all to see: a president with the lowest sustained approval ratings in modern history. Seems to me that Gersonism doesn’t work. And I say that as somebody who was putting the words “conservative” and “compassion” together, deliberately, in speeches and talking-point notes, half a decade before the current Bush was running for president. I remain enamored with many of Jack Kemp’s urban plans, etc. But that doesn’t mean I think compassion modifies conservatism, as Gerson seems to believe; I think it DESCRIBES conservatism, rightly understood — and rightly understood is certainly not as Gerson understands it. In Gersonism I smell more than a whiff of compulsion. It is a whiff which offends both my politics and my faith.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?