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Monday, June 30, 2014

The American Ideal of Equality

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“A lot of people are complaining about how poorly governed we are these days, but even the self-identifying “conservatives” I speak to are taken aback when I suggest that the problem might not be the administration currently in power (as destructive as it may be), but the natural evolution of democracy itself. We are so conditioned to think of Democracy as an end in itself that we lose sight of its many essential liabilities, foremost of which is the necessary fact that, because democracy is inherently a ‘leveling’ ideology that tends toward the lowest common denominator, the quality of democratic rule is determined by the lowest qualities of the governed, not the highest.”
— By Malcolm | Posted June 24, 2014 | with Comments (

In what follows is what I know to be true …

To paraphrase the American Declaration of Independence, I hold the following truths to be self-evident — that all Americans are created equal, in the sense of equal opportunity for living their lives as they please, under a uniform rule of law. That they are endowed by their social contract (the Constitution of the United States) with certain rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The object of that pursuit may be characterized in the vernacular as, "Whatever floats your boat" along with the understanding that it not serve to sink the boats of your fellow Americans.

The Constitution, which is our fundamental social contract, does not, never did, nor can it be made to guarantee, for any and all Americans, equality of results. No amount of wishing, hoping, praying, persuasion, intimidation, or coersion could make it so. Why? Is it really necessary to explain it? Well, because every individual man, woman, and child, despite our common humanity, is a unique individual in terms of our: individual aptitudes, abilities, and developed skills; personal resources, as well as personal inclinations; and choices made (or not made). All such differences, and others, too, make it impossible, and truly futile to even strive for equality of results.

Our collective societal misery in our recent past, and most definitely in our present, stems from the missguided, nay, perverse machinations of the so-called progressive left, in their boundless grasping for ever more power. The likes of Obama, Pelosi, both Clintons, and all the rest of the usual suspects are perpetuating the tactics of their political forebears, including LBJ, who has been quoted as saying,
"These N--roes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something [Perhaps a free Obama phone? — TBH], just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference … I'll have them [N-words] voting Democratic for the next two hundred years".
The expansion of our federal government, vastly beyond what the Framers of the Constitution imagined (and feared) is largely the result of trying to accomplish what I believe to be neither possible nor desirable — equality of results and its concommitant redistribution of wealth, and its concommitant stifling of ingenuity, excellence, and a thriving society that could conceivably float the boat of every individual.
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