“…Equality For All…”

College Of Political Knowledge

Really?

Equality?

Take a good look around you….does anything look like equality to you?

Just what the Hell is meant by the term?

Equality means “the state of being equal.” It’s one of the ideals a democratic society, and so the fight to attain different kinds of equality, like racial equality, gender equality, or equality of opportunity between rich and poor, is often associated with progress toward that ideal of everyone being truly equal.

Now did our wise and noble Founders mean any of this when they used the term ‘equality’?

But what did the Founders mean by ‘equality’?
What the Founding Fathers meant by equality is this: All men share a common human nature. The assertion that all men are created equal means that all persons are the same in some respect; it does not mean that all men are identical, or equally talented, wise, prudent, intelligent, or virtuous; rather, it means that all persons possess the inherent capacity to reason.

In the early decades of the Republic, equality meant equality before God; liberty meant the liberty to shape one’s own life. The obvious conflict between the Declaration of Independence and the institution of slavery occupied the center of the stage. That conflict was finally resolved by the Civil War. The debate then moved to a different level. Equality came more and more to be interpreted as “equality of opportunity” in the sense that no one should be prevented by arbitrary obstacles from using his capacities to pursue his own objectives. That is still its dominant meaning to most citizens of the United States.

Neither equality before God nor equality of opportunity presented any conflict with liberty to shape one’s own life. Quite the opposite. Equality and liberty were two faces of the same basic value—that every individual should be regarded as an end in himself.

Apparently the word ‘equality’ does not meaning today what it was intended in the 18th century…..

Maybe a better term would be ‘fairness’.

Simply put fairness means equal treatment…..the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is right or reasonable

Fairness is concerned with actions, processes, and consequences, that are morally right honorable, and equitable. In essence, the virtue of fairness establishes moral standards for decisions that affect others.
Look at that definition……
Fairness is sadly absent in the American society……
Return a  moment to our Founders and their understanding of the term they pinned…..
What the Founding Fathers meant by equality is this: All men share a common human nature. The assertion that all men are created equal means that all persons are the same in some respect; it does not mean that all men are identical, or equally talented, wise, prudent, intelligent, or virtuous; rather, it means that all persons possess the inherent capacity to reason.
Reason?
The capacity for reason has left the room….and each passing year it gets further from returning to our political discourse.
What about logic?
That left the room in 1980 when Reagan was elected president.
And as you have seen it has pretty much never returned and probably will not as long as social media drives the debate.
It is a sad state for this country…..and the withering away6 of the republic will and is being televised.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”

2 thoughts on ““…Equality For All…”

  1. Much the same all over the ‘civilised’ world. Money talks, and poor people work hard. Over here, they talk about ‘equal opportunities’ for jobs that include unpaid ‘apprenticeships’. Bright young people work hard for mega-rich corporations for no salary. Then after a year, they are discarded, and a new ‘apprentice’ takes their place. That is the real face of ‘equality’ in the modern world.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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