Dennis Prager is an author and scholar who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program that could bore the horns off a billy goat. That said, he is a brilliant thinker who has answered a question that long has stumped conservatives: Why do leftists so despise Western civilization? His answer in the National Review:
“Whenever there is conflict between the West – identified as white, capitalist, or of European roots – and the non-West, the Left portrays the West as the villain. I am referring to the Left, not to liberals. The latter generally venerated Western civilization. President Franklin Roosevelt, for example, frequently spoke of defending ‘Christian civilization.’ Today, the Left would revile any Westerner who used such language as xenophobic, racist, and fascist.”
Mr. Prager has concluded that the loony leftists hate standards, whether moral, artistic or cultural. He writes: “The West is built on all three, and has excelled in all three. The Left hates standards because when there are standards, there is judgment. And Leftists don’t want to be judged. Thus Michelangelo is no better than any contemporary artist, and Rembrandt is no greater than any non-Western artist. So, too, street graffiti, where are essentially the defacing of public and private property – and thus serve to undermine civilization – are ‘art.’ Melody-free, harmony-free, atonal sounds are just as good as Beethoven’s music. … Guatemalan poets are every bit as worthy of study as Shakespeare.”
His conclusion: “Bible-based religions affirm a morally judging God. For the Left, that is anathema. For the Left, the only judging allowed is Leftist judging of others. No one judges the Left. Neither man nor God.”
Those craving doses of Mr. Prager’s clear thinking and his unwavering moral compass can view his writings at www.dennisprager.com. Count me among his fans.