Fox News host Bill O’Reilly demolished liberal ideology that’s taken root in the U.S. by outlining the left’s “big lie” of the 2016 campaign.
On Fox News channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly criticized those who believe the government’s role is likened to that of parents to children. He said it is a “lie” that government should be responsible for providing jobs, education, and even financial security to the whole of the people.
“That belief runs counter to how America was established in the late 18th century,” O’Reilly said during his Talking Points Memo segment. “It was entirely up to ‘we the people how we used those freedoms.”
O’Reilly continued, saying unfortunately today, “the question of individual choice — the quest to succeed or fail on your own — has almost been obliterated by politicians and judges, who don’t respect the concept of competition and the struggle to prosper.”
He argued that by accepting these erroneous ideas, the United States has fallen from its founding. The host then warned America: “They are deceiving you, the American people, into believing that their success and well-being will be almost assured by a giant federal nanny state.”
“That’s absolutely impossible in a nation of nearly 320 million people,” O’Reilly concluded.
Indeed “Democracy in America” writer Alexis de Tocqueville, one of America’s most esteemed early foreign visitors, noted the reason America is successful is because the country relies on its people instead of its government.
De Tocqueville’s travels through 1830s America led him to the realization that America has proven, “The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”
In keeping with the warning Bill O’Reilly delivered during his show, de Tocqueville also saw the dangers that could lead to the end of America’s experiment in self-government.
The Frenchman wrote, “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”