My name is Brandon Vallorani. I am the Founder of Vallorani Estates and Romulus Marketing and I am a “Compassionate Conservative”. This title isn’t used as often as it should be. I would imagine that more people fall into this category than you realize. Maybe you do too. So what exactly is a compassionate conservative?
The origin of this term is often credited to Doug Wead, American historian, and politician, as it was the title of a speech he delivered in 1979. Even so, individuals on both sides of the aisle have adopted this philosophy throughout the years. Those who remember the Alamo (not the battle, the Teen Challenge sparked protest at the location in 1995) remember why George W. Bush was commonly the standard for Compassionate Conservatism.
The former POTUS, George W. Bush, famously said:
“I call my philosophy and approach compassionate conservatism. It is compassionate to actively help our fellow citizens in need. It is conservative to insist on responsibility and results. And with this hopeful approach, we will make a real difference in people’s lives.”
That’s what it’s all about. Because of my family legacy and all that I uphold and value, I am proud to make Compassionate Conservatism my modus operandi as well. So what does this philosophy look like in practice for me? It’s many things that ultimately culminate in caring about others and striving to be a responsible member of society.
First of all, it is important to know that I come from a family of legal U.S. immigrants. As such, I have a natural compassion and understanding for those in a similar situation today that my ancestors faced some years ago. Immigration is a difficult topic in our politically charged society. My stance is this: reform is needed. Regulation is important to ensure the safety of our citizens and those coming to this country legally for asylum and to pursue the American Dream, as my family did. However, regulations should not prevent one from coming to this country simply because of the country of origin or other extenuating factors.
Some other areas that I am passionate about:
- The Second Amendment and all of the Constitutional rights we enjoy
- Tolerance, everyone’s view is valuable and should be heard and appreciated
- Freedom, nowhere else in the world is as free as we
- Philanthropic generosity, those who are blessed to have extra should lift up and care for those less fortunate
- Eco-sensitivity, we only have one Earth and it needs to be preserved
- A strong military, we and our freedoms are preserved by those brave enough to serve *Thank you to all military men and women!*
These are just a few. All in all, a Compassionate Conservative is this: a caring individual who upholds certain American beliefs and ideals while remaining open to all sides and views. I am proud to call myself a Compassionate Conservative, and I would be willing to bet that there are more like me out there.