My first words on this site are about the insanity of equality. Let’s start with a simple question: Are all men equal? Today, the knee jerk, politically correct answer is yes. But, that is clearly nonsense. If all men were equal then we would all be the same. As in mathematics, if x=2 and y=x, than y=2. But I am not the same as you, you are not the same as I. And most of us even value our individuality.
The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I do not think that Thomas Jefferson literally meant that all men were created equal. It sounds good and the thought is nice but the reality is that all men were not created equal. I am not equal to Albert Einstein in intellect or nor Hank Aaron in batting ability. No. We are clearly not all created equal.
So, what could equality mean? In Jefferson’s time it most likely meant that all free, property owning men were of equal stature before the law and had a right to vote. Remember, Jefferson was a slave owner and he did not run out and set his slaves free after he wrote these lines. So his take on these lines may be different than the common understanding of today. What should “all Men are created equal” mean now?
I think that equality should mean equal protection under the law for rich and poor, black and white (or any other color). It should not mean that the poor can force the rich to give them their wealth, it should not mean that the disabled can force everyone in the country to provide for their needs. But that is where America is heading. We are rapidly plunging into a well meaning, compassionate state where those who do not want to work can be fed and housed, provided cell phones and televisions and generally cared for by the small percentage of Americans who still choose to work. The disabled can demand medical care, special accommodations from business, physicians and transportation systems. This is not to say that I am not sympathetic to the plight of the poor or the disabled; but, it is to say that I am against the few dictating their will to the many and expecting to rule over those who have worked for their wealth and businesses. Take for example the disabled, the law requires that all businesses accommodate all disabilities even if this requires the businesses to operate at a loss. For most large businesses accommodating the disabled is not a huge challenge but for small “mom and pop” businesses providing such accommodations can lead to financial collapse. Here, the dreams of the small business owner are subjugated to the desires of the disabled. We have created in this disabled group a heightened sense of entitlement. Some of them live to find the small business owner who cannot accommodate them so that they can sue them. Yes, I said sue. For if a small business owner cannot afford to install a wheel chair ramp or provide devices for the visual or hearing impaired, they can be sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. This pretty much ensures the death of their “mom and pop” shop. But, isn’t that equality, when the disabled can destroy the life of the able?
The real tragedy in the above, is not that we are trying to create the semblance of equality by forcing businesses to provide access to the disabled or provide interpreters for the deaf, or cell phones for the poor; it is in the monster that our “do-gooder” government has legislated. In order to correct perceived inequalities, the government has empowered the disabled, it has provided affirmative action, it has provided for the “down trodden” at the expense of the average citizen. If you work hard and are a productive citizen, no one cares about you. If you are successful and wealthy, they care about you even less. The average Americans, the successful Americans, you are the ones who by law must provide for the poor, the lazy, the disabled: because you have, it will be taken from you.
We are not all equal; but, we will all soon be equally poor if we continue to support the development of a welfare state in America. Equal opportunity run amok would have the least intelligent among us admitted to medical school and the most intelligent among us assigned to collecting garbage. Those with great voices would not be allowed to sing and those without the ability to carry a tune would be appointed as musical stars. The relentless striving for equality would mean that the fastest runners would have to compete with lead weights strapped to their legs so that they would be no better than the slowest competitor. No one would be allowed to cross the finish line first: that would not be equal. We need to reverse some of the insane legislation that is driving this country to mediocrity. The poor and the disabled, need to be encouraged to stand on their own merits, to provide for themselves rather than being given a fish they need to be taught how to fish.
We all talk about equality but no one really wants it. Everyone wants to be the best at what they do. No one wants to be told that they cannot sing because their voice is better then average. No one wants to be told they cannot run because they are faster than the others. We need to get real and stop letting the disabled and the “disadvantaged” be artificially elevated above others.
By the way, I am disabled and continue to work full time without any accommodations (I don’t want them because I don’t want special treatment because of my disability, I want to make it on my own.) I understand that some disabled will need to “work around” their disability in order to do their job but many people who are not ‘disabled’ have to “work around” something to do their job. If an employer wants to help a disabled person with this “work around” that is great but if they don’t, they should not be forced to provide an accommodation. But, they are. Why? Because, our compassionate welfare government has decided that everyone in America must pay to provide for these people. Yes you pay: you see, if an employer has to spend thousands of dollars building accommodations for a disabled employee, that cost gets passed on to the consumer; that is you. Everybody is paying for affirmative action and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Were you asked if you wanted the American taxpayer (you) to pay billions of dollars on affirmative action and the ADA? No? Well you are paying billions and the US congress knew it would cost billions for all of America to comply with the ADA alone. It seems that the US government has decided that the way to equality is through universal poverty. Once we are all on the government dole, we will have surrendered all our power to the government and we will all be equal in our dependence on the government.
It seems that equality and slavery are identical. That may seem insane but think about this: slavery is when you work for someone for free. The ADA requires accommodations that cost the business owner more than they make on serving the accommodated. If you are providing a service for less then it cost you to provide the service, you are providing that service for free. This is slavery. Thus the American government enforces slavery on a vast number of American citizens. This would seem to violate the constitution which says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But, wait, it seems that if you are a small business person, you are not allowed the pursuit of happiness, liberty or equality. You only get those if you are disabled or disadvantaged. What a wonderful country this is! Take from all, give to the few!
The pursuit of equality is destroying our civilization.
That statement may seem politically incorrect; but, it is true.
So, here we are, back at the insanity of equality. We are all equal only if we are all insane. We are all equal only if we surrender and let the government make us all equally poor.
Keep voting for those who support social programs, for those who want to spend your money to take care of the poor and the disabled, for those who want every one to be equal. Keep voting for the politically correct candidates. Remember, if we are all impoverished and insane we will have achieved true equality.