There are many significant differences between leftists and liberals; this is the third column about those differences as explained by Dennis Prager in the article, “Leftism Is Not Liberalism.”
“Liberals have a deep love of Western civilization. They taught it at virtually every university and celebrated its unique moral, ethical, philosophical, artistic, musical and literary achievements. No liberal would have joined the leftist Rev. Jesse Jackson in chanting at Stanford University: ‘Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Western civ has got to go.’ The most revered liberal in American history is probably former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who frequently cited the need to protect not just Western civilization but Christian civilization. Yet leftists unanimously denounced President Donald Trump for his speech in Warsaw, Poland, in which he spoke of protecting Western civilization. They argued not only that Western civilization is not superior to any other civilization but also that it is no more than a euphemism for white supremacy.” Their criticisms opposing our society are widespread.
“Liberals knew and appreciated the Judeo-Christian roots of American civilization. They themselves went to church or synagogue, or at the very least appreciated that most of their fellow Americans did. The contempt that the left has–and has always had–for religion (except for Islam today) is not something with which a liberal would ever have identified.” Vishal Mangalwadi explains our religious indebtedness in the book, “The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.”
Conservatives and liberals agree about all of these topics including: race, capitalism, nationality, America, free speech, Western Civilization and Judeo/Christianity. However conservatives focus more on the benefits of increasing the capitalist economy instead of distributing the benefits more equally.
If the left has the opportunity they will totally destroy what we have loved about America and Western Civilization. This frustration is expressed by liberal author and Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz on a Fox and Friends video, “Dershowitz on why the left should decry bigotry on its side.” Author David Horowitz was formerly a Communist-progressive. Now as a conservative, he has authored a set of books called, “The Black Book of the American Left.”
Finally, Prager says, “If the left is not defeated, American and Western civilization will not survive. But the left will not be defeated until good liberals understand this and join the fight. Dear liberals: Conservatives are not your enemy. The left is.”