President Obama, in his State of the Obama Reelection Campaign, is going to regale us about “fairness,” how the rich must pay their “fair” share, and other redistributionist notions.
What you are most unlikely to hear is any notion about a certain uncomfortable reality: life is unfair. Some win. Others lose. Stated differently, half of us are above average; the other half are…below average. In any attribute you care to name.
People often confuse the plain meaning of perhaps the most famous quotation from our Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (emphasis added)
Even the dullest amongst us can tell that not everyone is the same; that we’ve all got different strengths and weaknesses. Some of us succeed; others fail. What the Declaration tells us is that we all start with the same chances in life. Not that we finish with identical results. Our being equal simply means we’ve all got the same right to pursue happiness.
There are no guarantees in life. To expect otherwise is to ignore the reality of the human condition, to think that government through its leaders and programs can, somehow, overrule God’s design (or evolution. if you’re not a believer).