George W. Bush, compassionate conservatism, political seduction and political failure – a heady stew in William Schambra’s latest Chronicle of Philanthropy essay. Conservative donors would be wise to ponder Bill’s thoughts:
--putting money and time working directly with grass-roots poverty fighters will help the least among us and in the long run may change the country’s political direction.
--Bush’s faith-based initiative failed because too many political leaders cared more about scoring partisan points than relieving the plight of the poor (though President Bush himself was sincere)
“Freedom brings responsibility,” quoth President Bush just last week. “Independence from the state does not mean isolation from each other. A free society thrives when neighbors help neighbors and the strong protect the weak and public policies promote private compassion.”