Equal opportunity does not mean equal results.

I have decided to take some time to cover the 28 principles outlined in W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The 5000 Year Leap”. The founders believed these principles to be necessary to establish and maintain the form of government that has made this country the greatest bastion of freedom in the world. In each post we will dissect one of the principles and apply it to problems faced by our country. I hope you will take the time to read “The 5000 Year Leap” and accompany me on this journey of exploration.

The seventh principle: The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.

The conundrum is this; can we delegate to the federal government the power to do what we as individuals cannot do, and should we? The founders said no in both cases, and we have strayed from the truth and done just that.

Equality and fair play are the cornerstones of the American Dream. The ability of anyone to succeed, to make something of themselves is certainly that which makes this country great. The question we have to ask ourselves is this; Is this country great because we all have an equal opportunity to succeed, or because we are guaranteed equal results.

Can the government legally guarantee us equality of results under the law? Of course they cannot guarantee results but what they can do is redistribute the wealth of others in an attempt to give the appearance of equal results. They can, in effect, take money earned by one person and give it to another. Robin Hood has no place in a democratic republic.

Ask yourself this; if one of your neighbors had two lawnmowers and another of your neighbors had none, what would happen if you took one from the guy with two and gave it to the guy with none? You’d be on a fast track to the nearest jail. So why have we delegated the authority to the federal government to do just that through the tax code. We have given the government the power to do what we would go to jail for doing.

You are not guaranteed the equality of results, only the equal protection under the law to try. Weather you succeed or fail is based on your choices; government only opens the door and clears the path. Government cannot protect your rights by stripping someone else of theirs.

This is why there can be no guarantee of equal results. In order to do so would necessarily falsely raise the results of some while unfairly bringing down the results of others. It would be the equivalent of everyone earning a “C” on a test regardless of the number of correct answers they earned, or even if they took the test.

Communism is based on the equality of results and not the equality of rights. I have no desire to rehash all of the problems associated with communism except to ask this question; in which country has the redistribution of wealth, the equality of results, and the other tenets of communism been an unadulterated success? Which communist regime has stood the test of time and raised the standard of living for all of her citizens? Which one has protected the basic rights of her citizens above all else? Which one?

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