My great friend & fellow conservative Walter Myers III knocked it out of the ballpark with this blog so I had to share! This brother is brilliant!
America has a serious problem. In previous generations, Americans valued liberty over equality. In other words, people were little concerned with equality of income, but were far more concerned with everyone having the same opportunity to achieve whatever level of prosperity their talent, hard work, and luck could bring. Yet today, we have such a clamor over “income inequality” coming from the liberal ranks, with many of the most strident being those who have achieved the level of income of their dreams. For some reason, now that they are successful, they suddenly want more government redistribution of wealth. Of course, this government redistribution won’t affect them appreciatively, but it will affect those who aspire to their level of success. The more government becomes a player in the economy, creating more complex regulations and picking winners and losers, the less access to capital there is for motivated people who want to create something new and make other people wealthy in the process. We know these people well: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Sergey Brin to name a few. Surprisingly, all tend (or tended) to lean towards the very liberal causes that hinder the success of those just starting out.
No less, we have the President of the United States, Barack Obama, playing the class warfare game with abandon. He constantly rails against Republicans as being extremists who want Americans to “fend for themselves,” and he recently asserted that Republicans are promoting a “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” This is patently false about Republicans, as Obama doesn’t seem to realize that much of what the federal government is doing is actually not the function of government at the federal level. Both Republicans and Democrats have dramatically grown the federal government over the years, encroaching more and more into territory belonging to the individual states, where it has absolutely no business constitutionally (with a notable example being the healthcare law which will hopefully be struck down). Yet Obama and the Democrats keep hammering for more. That’s why we’re going bankrupt just like the European countries that Obama wants to emulate, such as Greece and Spain. The reason these countries are in such a mess is because of the mistaken view that a central government can actually control an economy and make decisions for people that they can and should make for themselves every day in free markets.
I was listening to the Andrew Wilkow show on Friday, who on this day had an outstanding guest commentator. A gentleman called in asking the question about which is more important when in conflict: liberty vs. equality. Both the guest commentator and the caller agreed that liberty trumps equality every time. The commentator quoted Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education. Reed published an article titled Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy, which is well worth reading for those who believe in freedom and liberty. In principle one, Reed states the following: “Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.” This “equalness” of which he speaks is not equality before the law, as before the law we are all equal in terms of race, sex, creed, gender, or religion. What he speaks of is equalness as it relates to income or material wealth. Free people are not equal because when people are free to be themselves, there will be vastly different levels of wealth. We are all unique beings, and it is foolhardy to expect that we will somehow be equal in the marketplace, since some are more industrious and willing to work. Some have more talent than others. Yet politicians such as Obama encourage people to be jealous of others, and seek to punish success (except for theirs) instead of celebrating it. This is unbecoming of the President of the United States, and is utterly destructive…
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