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December 2, 2009

Pacifism, Socialism, Pardons, and Other False Compassions.

Can you hear that giant sucking sound?  It’s the sound of  “Compassionate conservative” Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential aspirations flushing down the toilet.   With the Maurice Clemmons murders–execution style–of four Washington state police officers, Huckabee’s chances in the Republican primaries have become nil.   Gov. Huckabee, obstensibly in an act of compassion, pardoned this guy to roam the streets and blaze a trail of mayhem culminating in that massacre at Tacoma, WA.

In the majority of cases, he [Gov. Huckabee] followed the recommendation of the state parole board, but in several cases he overrode the objections of prosecutors, judges, and victims’ families. And in several, he followed recommendations for clemency from Baptist preachers who had been his longtime supporters.

Prosecutors told him he was ignoring his responsibility to explain to citizens why he was setting free convicted murderers and rapists. His response, some of them say, was to blame others and strike out against his critics – an off-note from a man they consider a gifted politician.

Here, Huckabee cited Clemmon’s age, who was 16 when he was arrested for his crimes.   As a christian, I don’t blame the man, and I don’t judge the man.   Everybody’s a genius with the benefit of hindsight.  And compassion is a fundamental tenet of the christian faith.  So what went wrong?  I think his pardon falls into what some call “false compassion.”

The examples of what constitutes false compassion are myriad and varied, but it’s basically when someone is “compassionate” on behalf of someone else.  I don’t mean compassionate toward someone else, I mean on behalf of someone else.  It’s “compassion” where he/she has no right to be compassionate.   Do you have a right to forgive someone who slighted someone else?  Or does that right belong to the person actually slighted?  Do you have a right to give away someone else’s money in the name of compassion–especially when the one actually benefitting isn’t a third party, it’s YOU?  Or should the money you’re giving away in the name of “compassion” be YOURS?  When you wrongfully assume the right to show “compassion”, that is false compassion.

And this is what’s so dangerous (and cheap) about false compassion– it’s easy, often thoughtless, it’s no skin off your back.  Gov. Huckabee, in an act of false compassion, and against the wishes of Clemmon’s actual victims–people living with real fear of this monster–released him to the streets.  And because it’s easy, and often thoughtless, this brand of compassion can sometimes lead to unintended consequences such as in Tacoma, WA.


  1. These killings were a tragedy. No one is to blame except the spirit of murder behind Clemmon’s actions and those who helped him. His family helped him become the murderer that he had become. They also had spirits of death and destruction on them. It was not God’s will for this man to have become this monster. We are not battling against flesh and blood. We are battling against principalities and powers and rulers of darkness. This man and everyone he has ever hurt are victims of demonic forces of death and destruction. We need to be reporting the truth and not blaming the wrong people. Are we happier now that prayer is out of the schools? Has eliminating prayer from our schools improved our society? Where are the voices condemning those judges that ordered God out of our society? Those activist judges are to blame. They will be judged for their unrighteous decisions.

    Comment by Alice R. — December 2, 2009 @ 04:49

  2. Howie told me to say “Hi”

    Comment by SH — December 2, 2009 @ 06:15

  3. Ooops, forgot link:

    Comment by SH — December 2, 2009 @ 06:17

  4. I can’t hold Huckabee to blame for this. Who are the judges in Washington who released this killer a few weeks ago. That is after he assaulted a police officer and raped a 12 year old family member. Seattle, a bastion of liberalism. Was this soft approach to criminals what the people of Seattle wanted? If so, they got what they wished. Normally a judge leans towards what the majority in his district wishes.

    Comment by greyrooster — December 2, 2009 @ 06:57

  5. What an interesting article. I’d never heard the term ‘false compassion’ but your description really struck a chord. Many thanks.

    Comment by jmb — December 2, 2009 @ 07:23

  6. Rooster,

    I agree, there was “intervening causality” between Huckabee and the killings. So those judges are even more guilty of false compassion that Huck was. But his political goose is still cooked.

    Comment by Jesusland — December 2, 2009 @ 07:49

  7. Hey JL. Congrats on the site. Will check in on it periodically. I hate that it had to happen this way but Huckabee is an asshole. Populist judgmental asshole.

    Comment by Randman — December 2, 2009 @ 08:00

  8. Thanks, Randman. Love the comments so far.

    Comment by Jesusland — December 2, 2009 @ 08:28

  9. Hi Jesusland,

    I like the name, Counterculture Conservative HQ.

    I looked up “false compassion”, and my favorite return was, “What
    does shedding crocodile tears mean?”.

    What MH did was let a ‘sick’ man go free, in a system that wasn’t set up to ‘treat’ him…The “red flag’s” leave a trail hard to ignore.

    Congrats on the new site.

    Comment by RudyFox — December 2, 2009 @ 10:37

  10. You forgive someone who pleads for it. Forgiving someone, having compassion for someone who does not want it is an exercisein futility. It proves nothing, it accomplishes nothing. It is like giving alms out where everyone can see you, you do it because you desire the credit, the acclaim. God says this is repugnant to Him.

    Huckabee got his reward and now the innocent must pay the price for the mayhem caused by his false compassion.

    Comment by sig94 — December 2, 2009 @ 13:07

  11. […] priests.  That’s partly true, but there’s more.  This one also has the foul stench of False Compassion to it.  This particular brand of pseudo morality is to Christianity what Political Correctness is […]

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