Green with Egalitarianism
January 6, 2013 Leave a comment
After addressing an envelope this morning, I pulled a recently purchased book of postage stamps out of my wallet. The first thing I noticed was the words “Equality Forever” on the stamp I used. The stamp booklet included a series of U.S. postage stamps: “Liberty Forever,” “Freedom Forever,” Justice Forever,” and “Equality Forever.”
“The U.S. flag flies high with stars and stripes! Each stamp represents an important theme in America’s development as a nation: Freedom, Liberty, Equality, and Justice.”
Be aware. The word “Equality” is taking on a new meaning, a meaning proscribed by Obama and the Progressive Left. Equality is now to be understood as “equal outcomes” and not simply as “all men are created equal.”
Since the foundations of this country were laid with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution we have agreed as a nation that “All men are created equal.” This includes and is limited to the God given natural rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” afforded to men and women of every race. Beyond that there are no guarantees in life. Life is not fair.
Now when you consider egalitarianism or equal outcomes as “equality” as Progressives do you must by necessity look at what your neighbor has to see if your social-economic status is equal or unequal to that of your neighbor. You will by necessity be looking to see if you are keeping up with the Joneses. You will by necessity be looking to see if grass is greener beyond your own yard. Right? We do this right now without the prompting of government.
But with Obama and the Progressive Left’s ever increasing demands for “fair share” redistribution you are provoked to look with dissatisfaction, with greed and envy, upon your neighbor. You are not encouraged to view your personal situation with contentment. Instead, you are encouraged to look upon your neighbor as a certain class of people above or below you. Obama is in effect telling you to be discontent and to seek “equality” or “equal outcomes” through redistribution of incomes. That is the spiel of Obama and the Progressive Left.
If the spiel is accepted and acted on it will affect every aspect of your life. Consider this scenario:
Two men work as drafters in an engineering company. They were both hired at the same time. Drafter Number One comes to work early, does his work as drafter and back checks his work to ensure its quality.
Drafter number Two comes to work a few minutes before 8:00. He does the work required of him and some of his work requires redrafting. He spends a lot of time talking to his cube mates and on the internet. He also goes outside to have a ten minute smoke break every half hour.
Would it be fair to pay these men the same wage? Egalitarian wages ignore work ethics ~ empirical reality ~ in favor of being…equal. But would paying both men the same exact wages be fair?
I’ll give another example of the folly of equal outcomes from one of my most visited posts: Where Do You Start?
And from the Thomas Sowell Reader, his article Meaningless “Equality”:
“Anyone who questions or opposes equality is almost certain to be regarded as someone who believes in inequality ~ in “inferiority” and “superiority.” But all of these concepts suffer from the same problem: For equality, inferiority, or superiority to have any meaning, what is being compared must first be commensurable. A symphony is not equal to an automobile. Nor is it inferior or superior. They are simply not commensurable…
With many groups as well, the fundamental difference between equal treatment and equal performance is repeatedly confused. In performance terms, virtually no one is equal to anyone. The same individual is not equal to himself on different days.”
For more information about the foolishness of the current use of the word “equality” read Thomas Sowell’s The Quest for Cosmic Justice.
Should government be the arbiter of what is fair? Does government share your values? As we speak Obama is seeking to redistribute monies ~ “spreading the wealth” ~ from the suburbs to the cities to effect egalitarianism.
You work hard to have a suburban home where your kids can go to school. The suburbs provide space for your family to grow. You feel safer out in the suburbs. Your tax money pays for the fire and police, for parks and clean streets and many other benefits. Many black Americans move to the suburbs to be free of the city and its onerous taxes and its crime. Obama is right now taking your tax money and redistributing it to the cities. In other words some of your tax money is not being spent on your home district but it is given to someone else. Is this fair?
The reality of recent redistribution is much grimmer. The truth is that the money taken from you the taxpayer under the guise of “fair share” egalitarian purposes is given to special interest groups that support a certain political party – cronyism.
And in the recent fiscal cliff deal who are the big winners? Not you the taxpayer.
Among others rum distillers, Hollywood film producers and NASCAR! Is this egalitarian?
Finally, should we be looking at our neighbor’s property and demanding that we have the same things, the same wages, and the same health care, the same…? What does Jesus want us to do instead of being green with egalitarianism?
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
And from the writer of the letter to the Hebrews:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
And from the apostle Paul:
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. I Timothy 6: 6-8
Is Jesus being dismissive of our needs? Or, is He realigning our view of our worldly needs in accordance with True values found only in a personal relationship with him. Right now Obama’s Progressive message is directly opposed to God’s message of contentment. Right now Obama wants you to have a personal relationship with government. He wants government to be the theocratic Benefactor much like how most of Europe has chosen government over God. Does the godlessness and socialism of Europe make you green with envy? Green with egalitarianism? I wonder? If so, you are at odds with the God Who is Just and will give to every man as he deserves.
WYSINATI: What you see is NOT all there is.
Our Father in Heaven “Give us this day our daily bread.”