If there’s one ironclad mainstream media truth, it’s this: The Democratic Party is the party of compassion, while the Republican Party is the party of business. Or, to put it in ideological terms, the left is compassionate while the right is heartless, concerned mainly with making and keeping money.

George W. Bush illustrated the enduring power of this myth when, during his first run for president, he adopted the phrase “compassionate conservatism” to distance himself from conservatism’s (thoroughly unfair) public reputation.

Ask any college conservative and they’ll tell you about the slander directed at the right—how conservatives don’t care about the poor, minorities, or injustice and oppression. (As if the only way to measure “compassion” is by writing large checks drawn from other people’s bank accounts to fund social programs that don’t work.)

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.