Equality stands at the foundation of almost every liberal argument. Pulling back on a twisted reading of the Declaration of Independence, they insist that men are not only all created equal but that they are also entitled to equal rewards. Under that umbrella, they decry black incarceration rates, they lament the gap between the middle class and the “one percent,” and they punish the wealthy for having done something extraordinary with their lives.
A Seductive Argument
This argument is successful for a number of reasons. One, it appeals to anyone who has struggled in their lives without seeing an opportunity for advancement. It’s so much easier to decide that it’s the fault of the system. There’s nothing you could have done differently. The odds are stacked against you.
It also succeeds because it plays on human sympathies. Why, it wouldn’t be that hard to pay a little more in taxes if it meant these poor children could go to an expensive community college. It wouldn’t be asking too much to pay a couple of bucks more for an Extra Value Meal if it meant these underprivileged McDonalds workers could get $15 an hour. It’s only fair, right?
And, of course, it succeeds because there are plenty of college liberals out there who have never had to work a day in their lives. Their parents have sheltered them, fed them, and paid for them to pursue a meaningless degree in feminine studies. These little liberals have no sense of what it takes to make it in the world. To them, life is what is given to you. You’re either privileged like them or you’re SOL.
Killing Liberalism With Truth
If we’re to have any hope of putting this country back on the right track, we have to fight against these emotional appeals. Republicans and conservatives have been painted as enemies of the poor. Racists. People who only care about making as much money as possible, no matter how many others are hurt in the process. It couldn’t be less true, but we aren’t doing a great job of getting the message across.
In fact, we’ve done such a poor job of spreading the message of individualism that liberals have begun to infect nearly every aspect of American life with their egalitarian nonsense. In many places, you’ll find kids playing baseball without a score board. Trophies being handed out to 8th place finishers. We’re becoming a nation that celebrates losing.
In their hatred of the “one percent,” liberals always leave out an important fact: the people making more than $350,000 are not the same people year after year. Some of the faces have changed. They will continue to change. These are people who came up with a great innovation. People who worked hard enough to climb the ladder of success. People who decided that they weren’t going to take no for an answer. These people, frankly, should be celebrated, not vilified.
But that’s not the message we convey anymore. We get defensive. We hem and haw. We make little concessions to liberalism, giving away the American dream one welfare check at a time. Until we stand up to this perverse psychology once and for all, we will never recapture the glory of Old Glory.