Saturday, February 18, 2012
LIBERTY Vs. EQUALITY
Democrats want equality even if it means the sacrifice of liberty. Employers must hire a certain number of people in the name of equality, which means they are not at liberty to hire whom they please. Democrats don't want anyone to just say anything: esp. if it might offend someone and make them feel unequal. Democrats dislike esp. the freedom to have guns. They want to make the "great equalizer" illegal, so that government can be the only institution that guarantees equality. Likewise, Democrats want to force everyone to have insurance, so that everyone can be equal. But this denies the liberty of those who don't want to purchase it.
Republicans used to believe in equality (Lincoln argued for it in the Emancipation Proclamation and in the Gettysburg Address) but now they increasingly argue instead for another Enlightenment Value: Liberty.
Liberty is an important and seemingly unimpeachable value. No one pickets the Statue of Liberty. Republicans are generally in favor of it, but not always. Communist women want the liberty to abort foetuses (which do not get equal treatment under the law because they are not considered human until the moment they leave the birth canal -- Obama wants to even prolong the inequality past that event so that young mothers can still be rid of their unwanted babies until the very last minute and so most women continue to vote Democrat). Republicans want the first two amendments which guarantee freedom of speech and freedom to own guns. Democrats used to want freedom of speech (60s) but now that they've arrived in a position of power (esp. on campuses) speech codes in favor of EQUALITY are all the rage.
Equality, like love, is important, but they cannot be permitted to become totalitarian. Liberty is also an important value. We need the liberty to question love and equality (which can become evil totalitarianisms), and to argue that they are ill-defined and in some cases: a denial of liberty.
Polygamy is evil. Why? Because it is a denial of equality.
(Yes, sometimes we resort to the recursive, just for fun, and take the other side.)
Freedom can certainly be evil. If someone were to spray bullets into a lunchtime crowd at the local McDonald's, why, that would be evil! Even if they did it to save the animals, in the name of equality! Liberty musn't encroach upon other rights, such as the right to life. (Life is another word that's hard to define: does a foetus have life? Does an olding individual without brain waves have it? Does a gold fish have life? Do viruses have lives, and thus should they fall under the rubric of animal rights? Should cows never be eaten because they are sacred, as are the cows of India? What other animals deserve the right to be sacred cows?)
Most of the lines that used to help us to understand how to live and behave have been erased. The ten commandments still hold for churchgoers, but for the vast unwashed and totally depraved, theft is a good thing, because it promotes equality. Adultery and murder can go under the sign of liberty (if abortion is murder, then it is under the sign of liberty and equality then women should have the right to choose death for their children). The communists (Marx and Engels) wanted the liberty for all to screw all, in the name of equality.
We have the sense that everyone should be equal under the law. Does this mean that everyone gets to be a millionaire, and that everyone should play in the NBA, and that everyone should be president? If not, why not?
The two terms (liberty and equality) are quite confusing, but they are possibly the two biggest terms that Americans can resort to in an argument. Each of them have universal appeal. Democrats lean toward equality as their greater theme, and increasingly believe that it trumps liberty. Republicans on the other hand lean toward liberty (especially those who support Ron Paul). Freedom of speech is an incredibly important value for me. Therefore, I'm with the Republicans. It is very clear to me that at this juncture, they are the party of free speech. The other party, junkies of political correctness, prefer equality as mandated by every official organ they can bring to bear on the matter, and every unofficial groan and jeer such that no one is safe anywhere from the Red Star they use to torment anyone who offends against this Sacred Principle. The whole world has become their personal star chamber.
I, personally, prefer LIBERTY, because I think it allows for more EQUALITY.