“Duh…We Want Equality!!!”

Many of my Leftist friends are in raptures over the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.  They tell me it’s the grand fulfillment of the return to democracy begun by the Tea Party.

I ask them exactly what it is that the OWS movement wants.  They usually reel off a dizzying list of things.  The one word that crops up most often, however, is “equality.”

I suppose I’m a natural skeptic, but when I ask them precisely what they mean by that, they’re never able to tell me.  Usually they look at me as if there’s something wrong with me because I even have to ask.

The government does not have it in its power to grant people “equality.”  It is not (all statist expectations aside) a magical fairy godmother.  All it does have the power to do is to recognize everyone’s equal status under the law.  It can treat us all equally.  It can do no more than that.

Equality has become a magic word.  It conjures dreams of unicorns and ice cream fountains out of midair.  But true equality — in the existential sense — can be granted only by God.

I’m sure there must be a few sane and reasonable people amid the OWS crowd, but I must be frank.  Most of them come across like loonies.  A great many seem to be viciously nasty.  If they really want to be taken seriously by the rest of America, it might be a good idea to stop behaving like a pack of baboons.

Thus far, they have been so inarticulate and irrational that they scare most people.  The trouble with that is that Americans don’t like being scared or threatened.  We have a history of making those who menace us wish they hadn’t.  If somebody doesn’t put on the big-boy pants and start giving this movement some grownup guidance, they’re going to be taken to the woodshed very soon.

Most of this country’s present ills stem from the fact that we’ve allowed idiot children to run the show.  Fortunately for all of us, we’re sick of idiot children.  Hopefully there is truth in the old saying that it’s always darkest just before the dawn.

The only kind of equality that can be bestowed upon human beings by other human beings is slavery.  If only those who place their hope in “Occupy Wall Street” understood that.  Because they don’t, most of the rest of us must.

 

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2 Responses to “Duh…We Want Equality!!!”

  1. Aubrey Haltom says:

    Lori,
    I’ll hazard a guess that by ‘equality’ the OWS crowd is suggesting something other than what you’ve discerned. I’ve found the following FDR quote, from 1938, to be applicable to what a lot of the OWS crowd (and by recent polling, a sizable number of Americans) feel:

    “Unhappy events abroad have re-taught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism –ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power.

    The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.”

  2. Lori Heine says:

    Aubrey, while I appreciate what you’re saying, I hardly think a crowd of folks shrieking about Jewish Zionists on Wall Street is in any position to lecture ANYBODY on fascism. No one questions their unhappiness, or their right to be happy. But everything they seem to be demanding involves greater governmental power over everyone else.

    The “private power” of which you speak could not possibly have grown to the size and potency it has — nor anything even close to it — without significant help from government cronies like President Obama. Who has been (as I said in my comments on another blog) to crony capitalism what Elvis what to rock and roll.

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