"Tocqueville latched right on to the idea that you can have a limited government that really works as long as youve got healthy institutions of civil society which perform character-shaping functions," said Robert P. George, a professor of jurisprudence at Princeton, the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at the university, and a member of the Presidents Council on Bioethics.
"This is the idea behind the faith-based initiative," Mr. George said. "Bush wants to be an exponent of limited government but at the same time a compassionate conservative, because hes interested in escaping the dilemma that links limited government with radical individualism. So Bush says that government just cant retreat from the social sphere altogether; government must cooperate with the institutions of civil society in a kind of partnership that brings compassion to people in need."
Bumiller cant resist giving a Bush critic the last word, quoting Bernard-Henri Levy in such a way as to indicate that both she and the stylish nouvelle philosophe dont understand or dont want to understand the transparent Texan.