It’s a Civil War: What We Do Now
Seven steps toward reclaiming America's values.


Dennis Prager

A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the state small so that the individual can be free and great.

In this unprecedented crisis of values, this is what needs to be done:

1. Know and teach America’s core values.

We got to this point because over the past few generations, Americans have forgotten the values that have made America distinctive and great. Even the “greatest generation” failed to communicate them. People who do not understand American ideals — especially small government — now dominate our schools, our entertainment media, and our news media.

In a nutshell, those values are what I call the American Trinity: “In God We Trust,” “Liberty,” and “E Pluribus Unum.” The Left has successfully made war on all three — substituting secularism for God and religion in as much of American life as possible; substituting equality (of result) for liberty; and for “E Pluribus Unum,” substituting its opposite, “multiculturalism.” (My own video on this subject, titled “The American Trinity,” can be seen at Please view it and forward it.)

2. Recognize that we are fighting the Left, not liberals.

Liberalism believed in American exceptionalism; the Left not only does not believe in it, but opposes it. (President Obama, when asked if he believes in American exceptionalism, replied, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”)

Liberalism believed in creating wealth; the Left is interested in redistributing it. Liberalism believed in a strong defense. The Left believes in cutting defense and relying on a strong United Nations.

3. Democrats should be referred to as Social Democrats.

This is not meant to be cute, let alone a slur. But calling Democrats Social Democrats is an effective way of reminding Americans that there is no longer any difference between what is now known as the Democratic party and the Social Democratic parties of Europe. When the Democratic party returns to its roots as a liberal, not left-wing, party, we will happily resume calling the party by its original name. However, since no Democrat can cite a significant difference between the Democratic party and the SD parties, there is no good reason not to use the more accurate nomenclature.