Dennis Prager has a phrase that he has been using for some time. He says, “The left ruins everything.” That is the title of a recent Prager U video by him. It surfaced in a recent commentary by him with the title, “How the left keeps me religious.”
I really questioned his phrase the first few times I heard him say it. Perhaps it was the realization that every generalization has exceptions. But Dennis Prager is a thoughtful person, so I didn’t reject his idea immediately.
It is important to understand that Prager makes a distinction between liberalism and the left. Liberals and conservatives value truth. The left does not. And in his recent commentary he acknowledges that “liberals have done some good,” but he then adds “everything the left has touched it has ruined.”
The most obvious example, he says, is the university. Harvard professor Steven Pinker, a liberal and an atheist, says the left has rendered the university a “laughingstock.” If you have been reading my commentaries for any length of time, you have heard me cite many examples. Dennis Prager accuses the university of teaching “gullible young students lies, immoral ideas, and foolish doctrines.” He goes on for about six paragraphs with awful examples of what is taught on campus today.
One example from his video that is briefly mentioned in his commentary is what the left has done to the arts. “The God-centered West produced Bach and Michelangelo.” By contrast, the left “had produced mostly junk.” He says, “there is nothing higher to aspire to” because the focus so often is merely to shock, not inspire. In fact, there is a large amount of so-called “art” that is nothing more than “scatological art.”
The Bible and a belief in God were important in the formation of Western culture and in the creation of America. Rejection of those ideas has given us a leftist perspective that seems to be trying to ruin everything.