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What wrong with equality?

November 27, 2011

We hear a lot from the leftists about how government should work to give people more equality, and especially about creating costly big government programs to “level the playing field”, and especially about the “fairness” of issues and programs.  On the face of it, equality for all  sounds like a good thing, and something that’s pretty hard to argue against.

In Europe, it was a popular notion that wealth should be taken from the “haves” and distributed to the “have nots”, and this became the rallying cry for the bloody French Revolution mobs.  We hear criess for “redistribution of wealth” from our own leaders, echoed by the chants from the “99%” rabble of the OWS movement.

However, the founders rightly believed that “equal rights does not mean equal things”.  According to Skowsen in “The Five Thousand Year Leap”

The American Founders recognized that the moment the government is authorized to start leveling the material possessions of the rich in order to have an ‘equal distribution of goods’, the government thereafter has the power to deprive ANY of the people of their ‘equal’ rights to ejoy their lives. liberties, and property.

The Founders also strongly instilled in our founding documents the principle that the single proper role of government is to protect equal rights, our unalienable rights, not to provide equal things as in a welfare state.   Samuel Adams said:

The utopian schemes of leveling (redistribution of the wealth), and a community of goods (central ownership of all the means of production and distribution), are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown.  (These ideas) are arbitrary, despotic, and in our government, unconstitutional.

The main thrust of all of our huge entitlement programs geared to “social Justice” starting in the early 20th century, strengthened in the 30’s and 40’s with programs under the “New Deal” (or maybe we should say “raw deal”), peaking with Medicare and Medicaid programs under President Johnson, and most recently with Obama’s crowning glory of social medicine ObamaCare.  While the left justifies these “do good” programs as only just to helping the less fortunate, they really strive to take the wealth from some and redistribute it to others in the name of equality and justice.  If people aren’t able to get a home on their own,  pay for their education or health insurance, the government wants to step in and do it for them.

These ideas and programs springing from the 20th century into this are complete departures from the principles enshrined in the constitution that the government compact with the people is to protect their equal rights. Jonathan Maxcy, a Rhode Island preacher and supporter of American conservative principals, wrote this about equality in 1799:

Let us for a moment contemplate the magical, wonder-working word, “EQUALITY”.  This, in the French cavalcade of death, is harnessed up behind Liberty.  That fair goddess is with reluctance dragged into the train, and thrust forward, that her chamrms may introduce the inernal procession which troops behind her.  The revolutionaly demagogues of our country talk much of equality.  They assure us, in their indefinite, unqualified language, that all men are equal.  To ascertain whether this assertion is true, we must recur to fact and experience.  Nature, so far from having made all men equal, has made them very unequal.  All men have not the same strength and activity of body – all have not the same endowments and energies of mind.  These are facts which speak in a language too plain not to be understood.

Society no less than nature makes great differences and inequalities among men.  When the road to acquisition is equally open to all – when the laws equally protect every man’s person and property – all men will not make exertions equally great – all will not possess the same spirt if enterprize – all will not obtain accessions of wealth, of leaning, virtue and honour, equally extensive and important.  The industrious, prudent citizen, will gain vast quantities of property, while the negligent and idol will remain the depths of poverty.

As long as America stands by her founding framework and principles, the 99% will have and continue to have the same unalienable rights as the 1%, but they do not have the right to have an equal share in others wealth.

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  1. April 14, 2012 10:57 am

    Reblogged this on GardinersRight and commented:

    This will be cornerstone of my remarks tomorrow at the 4th Annual Gardiner Tax Day Tea Party.

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