“Regardless of your political party there are some themes that I believe we should all agree on: Government must reinforce the value of the individual and life. Government must have programs to help individual independence flourish and not reinforce dependency. Votes must not be purchased by corrupt organizations or individuals on false missions of mercy. Freedom cannot be compromised anywhere. Anti-Americanism needs to be answered every place, every time. By every one of us.”
And so said Fox News CEO and founder Roger Ailes on Wednesday night, upon receiving the Bradley Foundation Prize, a $250,000 annual award meant to recognize those who have strengthened the cause of freedom. Mr. Ailes has already donated the money to charity.
“I mentioned earlier that American culture is unique and must be included in all discussions of culture. It is America that has fed more and freed more people on earth than all the other countries put together. You know how I know this is a great country? Because everybody is trying to get in, and nobody is trying to get out,” Mr. Ailes told his audience.
“I have heard complicated treatises on world affairs. I have listened to theories of foreign policy. I have listened to the criticism of the United States. I’ve watched even some Americans systematically try to dismantle the greatest country on earth and yet we are still strong. We’re strong, because of three words I believe, God, country, family,” he continued.
“I cannot and will not apologize for any of those and anything that enhances those, I will defend them with my life,” Mr. Ailes concluded.
Four prizes were awarded by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation at during the event, staged at the John F. Kennedy Center. The other recipients were former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and National Affairs editor Yuval Levin. Each gent received $250,000; the prize selection committee included former Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, George Will and Charles Krauthammer.