Last week I watched this video of Dinesh D’Souza debating Bill Ayers at Dartmouth recently. While Ayers slammed the Founders and laid out his philosophy of redistribution and social justice, D’Souza focused on American exceptionalism, and clearly articulated why the Founders got it right.
D’Souza pointed out that throughout world history, wealth has generally been confiscated and then redistributed. However, our system of “self rule” in which all men are considered equal, along with a Constitution that limits what government can do to you, has allowed for actual wealth creation. Instead of waiting for government to cut up the pie and decide who gets what, we have the ability to make our own pie, and to make it as big as we want – which results in the proverbial rising tide that lifts all boats. This is why people in other countries want to come here – because it is a place where even the poor are well-fed and live in relative abundance. Continue reading D’Souza Dominates Debate with Ayers (but Fumbles on Article V)