University of South Dakota’s Farber Hall was filled with 120 students and community members, from both ends of the political spectrum, for questions and answer program with conservative activist Charlie Kirk on Thursday, according to The Voltante.
USD College Republicans organized the discussion with Charlie Kirk, who flies all around America speaking at colleges about conservative ideals and Turning Point USA.
Charlie started off the event with his three “big things he believes should not be political.”
The first point: that “America is the greatest (country) to ever exist.”
“American exceptionalism is something that should be taught. We are the most benevolent, most creative country in the world,” he said. “I think the amount of anti-Americanism that is being taught on our campuses is really concerning.”
Charlie doesn’t think America is a perfect country, and admits that it has made mistakes. But, he says that it’s how America recovers from those mistakes that makes it shine.
“America is not the perfect country, we’ve made our mistakes. Every country makes mistakes,” he said. “We had slavery, women couldn’t vote, but you define a country on how you identify and correct those mistakes.”
Kirk’s second point: the American Constitution is the greatest political document ever written.
“The founding fathers did not write the constitution for the times, they wrote the constitution to withstand time,” he said. “First they said we admit the document isn’t going to be perfect. We have not actually found the absolute perfection, but we will protect them and it will be functional.”
The third point: free enterprise capitalism is the most moral proven economic system in the world.
After stating his three main points, he opened up the floor to questions from the audience, welcoming disagreement.
Questions varied, from views on philosophy and the “three main revolutions” to democratic presidential candidates.
“There are three revolutions that have charted modern history: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Russian revolution,” Kirk said. “What I think is not appreciated enough in our college courses is how those ideas came to a head without a bullet ever being fired between the 1950s and 1991 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, where you had these two existing ideas and they are existing.”
The dialogue remained civil for the night, something which is rare, but welcome, in Charlie Kirk’s campus visits.