Such outbursts as this by children are seldom tolerated by parents, if at all. Yet we hear this all the time from the Fascists in our government, especially President Obama. He is constantly talking about individuals who have been successful in their efforts of not paying “their fair share” in taxes (even when they pay the lion’s share of the confiscatory “revenue” the government takes in). We see it in youth sports where there are no winners or losers, for all get “participation” awards (even though if you ask the players, they know the real result).
So, in fairness, I would pose the following questions:
Is it fair to our children and grandchildren to saddle them with an insurmountable debt that will crush their future, their freedom, their aspirations, dreams and happiness? Thomas Jefferson set forth the following principles in a letter to James Madison on September 6, 1789:
“…no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence….But with respect to future debts; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age,…?”
Is it fair for the government to confiscate my personal property, such as my income, when John Locke correctly observed that personal property is the very bedrock of liberty?
“…every man has a property in his own person; this nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body and the work of his hands we may say are properly his. Whatsoever, then, he removes out of the state that nature hath provided and left it in, he hath mixed his labour with, and joined to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his property”? (Second Treatise on Government)
Is it fair when the government takes our money and then subsidizes private companies and industries such as President Obama just announced he was going to do again by giving the “green energy” industry another one billion dollars, and thus create an uneven playing field in the marketplace?
Is it fair when the government uses my property which it confiscates from me to pay for immoral activities such as the murder of innocent babies?
Is it fair when the government fails to fulfill its fundamental duty to protect the citizenry from the unwanted invasion of illegal individuals who perpetrate murder and crime against them and who undermine employment opportunities for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder?
Is it fair when the government refuses to execute justice equally and impartially on all citizens, regardless of their status in life or positions (or former positions) of power? It was Madison, writing in Federalist 51, who stated that such was the very reason for the existence of government:
“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty b e lost in the pursuit.”
Yes, when we ask whether something is “fair”, what we are really asking is “Is it just?” I could continue my line of questioning about the actions our government and would end up with a book instead of an essay, but when we reflect upon Madison’s dictum we should be alarmed for this government’s pursuit of what it deems to be “fair” is truly the exhibition of multiple injustices, and in its pursuit of them our liberty is being lost.
-August 28, 2015