The Civitas Institute, over the weekend, held its annual Conservative Leadership Conference gathering together state and national policy minds, elected officials and others to present conservative ideals to attendees to better equip them to share their policy ideas with others.
The conference was headlined by Dennis Prager, the author and also founder of Prager University, who spoke about how not only many American freedoms are disappearing, but also how most Americans no longer crave the freedom their ancestors did.
“We’re in trouble because there is not a universal longing for freedom anymore,” Prager said.
Prager said that where a yearning for freedom used to pervade our society and define the American spirit, now people want to be taken care of and have things handed to them.
Prager’s comments were well received by the crowd of conservatives where Prager waxed about how when it comes to conservative politics the Left has pushed aside the policy points of limited government in favor of arguments about culture and secularism, drowning the calls for reduced spending and sustainable governance in arguments over social policies like marriage and transgenderism.
Prager also pointed out that the Right maintains many, and often most, of their interests outside of the political sphere, while the Left lives and thrives in politicizing every aspect of life.
“For the Left, their life is politics,” Prager said.
Taking the center stage during the conference were many other speakers from elected leaders like Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and State Treasurer Dale Folwell, former elected leaders like former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads up Convention of States, and cultural leaders such as Ryan Bomberger, the outspoken opponent of abortion, and strong proponent of adoption.
The conference, held in Raleigh each year, had more than 400 attendees participating in sessions with more than 20 speakers.
The conference closed out on Saturday with a rousing finish from Fox News contributor Greg Gutfeld, who hosts The Five and the Greg Gutfeld Show.