At the Conservative Leadership Conference in Raleigh on Friday, author and radio host Dennis Prager claimed most Americans don’t yearn for freedom but want to be taken care of by the government.
“We’re in trouble because there is not a universal longing for freedom anymore,” Prager declared. He pointed out that secularism crowds out limited government because the Left now politicizes everything. He noted that conservatives do and should have most of their interests outside of politics. “For the Left, their life is politics,” Prager said.
Prager proclaimed that the battle of ideas over the American and French Revolution are still being fought today. He stressed that America is becoming more like Europe and is continuing down the path of collectivization. Many historians understand the American Revolution to be concerned with ordered liberty, while the more violent 18th-century French version focused on more radical ideas of equality.
Prager declared that there is a difference between liberals and the Left. “Alan Dershowitz is a liberal,” Prager said. “Dershowitz said he was more afraid of the Left than the Right.” Taking a swipe at the neo-segregation efforts by the Left, Prager noted that “Leftists support all-black dorms on campus, liberals never did.” He focused part of his remarks by highlighting the fact that many young people march today to restrict the rights of others and for themselves.
He added that most colleges have “taught students to look at Founders not as great men but white men.” He offered a lot of prescient thoughts on the restriction of rights, particularly inherent rights like speech and the right to bear arms.
His remarks were solid and always sought to illuminate the best of our Founding principles. I believe the best observations were at the end. Prager said the American Founders were so successful in launching the American experiment because they understood the deep “correlation between God and human freedom.” They understood and said, “we are free because God wants us to be free.”