While the origin of the term "Compassionate Conservatism" is debated, World Magazine editor Marvin Olasky is widely credited for popularizing its usage. In his book Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America, Olasky gives an alphabetized list of seven characteristics of Compassionate Conservativism:
1. Assertive- We must be proactive and innovative in addressing poverty issues, rather than passively looking to government. Citizen assertiveness is key.