Wednesday, December 30, 2015

We know we’re “equal,” more or less, but on whose terms? Big Government’s?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Or do we?
At the end of a long, bitter political year, with a still grimmer one facing us, shall we take a look?
The Founding Fathers’ abstract commitment to equality — reinforced by the Gettysburg Address — vexes and perplexes Americans across the political sphere.
 We know we’re “equal,” more or less. But equal on what terms: nature’s or the government’s?
“Equality” takes on the quality that 21st century politicians assign it according to vote tallies, with backing from the media’s noisier voices.
We hear about economic equality; we hear about educational equality; we hear about, let’s say, demographic equality. We learn (from those talking about it) that we’re apparently deficient as a nation in the ratification of Jefferson’s and Lincoln’s visions. We’re told all the things we still need to do. 

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