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.) Read more of my new American Spectator blog here.