"Compassion is not about making people dependent on government. Compassion is about encouraging personal responsibility, and getting people to understand that life is about making choices. Poverty does not cause crime. Crime causes poverty. Poverty does not cause a child to have a child. A child having a child causes poverty. Finishing high school is a choice. Not joining a gang is a choice. Not having a child until you have the maturity and the means to raise that child is a choice. "
-Larry Elder in his piece "How Can A Fellow Black Republican Oppose Obama?"
I would also add that compassion is about getting people to value and respect themselves and others rather than seeing themselves as downtrodden victims.