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. Famous words from The Declaration of Independence, but how much weight do they really carry today?
The attack on these rights begins at conception. While created equal, many men's lives are snuffed out while still in the womb. Equal opportunity doesn't exist for the millions of aborted babies each year. They are all equal in value, and inherent worth as humans, but many never have the chance to recognize the potential that beats inside their tiny chests. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in America are aborted! If a child is fortunate enough to actually be born in America, they will find from their first breath on, that environment and personal decisions will be the main factors in how equal we actually are.
The rallying call of late seems to be equality. Folks are marching in the streets under the banner of equality. The disturbing facet of the chant is that most are chanting for equal results, and not equal opportunity. The only way to guarantee equal results is to take away from the high end of the spectrum and redistribute to the low end of the spectrum, leaving the result as a wash somewhere in the middle. So the equal results equation necessitates subtraction. Subtraction. Taking away from. There is a curious condition in the human makeup, that we don't like things being taken away from us. From a two year old's toys to a Union Member's Collective Bargaining Right's, we don't respond well to subtraction. In the economic sense it will punish those at the successful end of the spectrum, taking away from their motivation. Giving freebies to those at the low end of the spectrum does them no favors either. It steals their sense of accomplishment, the thrill of the hunt, and the satisfaction of success, that is so necessary in finding fulfillment.
Equal Opportunity or Equal Results?
The rights addressed in the Declaration of Independence are of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Liberals of today have attacked the right to life, with abortion, and they have misunderstood the pursuit of happiness. It is the PURSUIT of happiness. Your government does not have to guarantee your happiness. The right of Liberty, should open the door for you to pursue your own happiness.
If the left truly believed in equal opportunity, then they would support school choice programs. There are millions of kids held hostage by teacher's unions in terrible schools. They have no opportunity. They are hardly equal. Give them opportunity, give them choice. This really isn't complicated, freedom of choice when it comes to schools, right to life when it comes to babies. It's all about equality.
All Men Created Equal?
Not hardly. There are men that work much harder than I do. There are men that invested more time and energy into an education than I did. There are men that are much brighter than me, and have business savvy that I'll never possess. There are men that received fortunate breaks, that didn't fall my way. Are we all equal? Not by a long shot. Should I have a claim on the wealth that their lives have afforded them? Not at all. We are not guaranteed equal results. Parity in possessions is not a fundamental right under The Constitution or The Bill of Rights. I prefer a Government that guarantees me an opportunity, but doesn't take it away from me if I manage to succeed. If our government just gives us a chance, the ingenuity, hard work, and perseverance of the American people will shine out to the rest of the world. Just give us opportunity, not equality.