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Equality: American Idol
Townhall ^ | 7-4-13 | Patrick Buchanan

Posted on 07/18/2013 10:51:28 PM PDT by ReformationFan

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Ben Franklin is much quoted in today's debate on the trade-off between freedom and security, as we learn about the National Security Agency's easy access to our phone records and emails.

Yet we Americans have often sacrificed liberty for safety.

In World War II, Korea and Vietnam, we conscripted millions of men and sent hundreds of thousands to their deaths fighting against Italians, Germans, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese.

The greater antagonist of liberty is not the quest for security, but our insatiable demand and inexorable drive for equality -- not equality of rights but equality of results.

To equalize incomes, the government confiscates 40 percent of the earnings of the most successful Americans and uses that wealth to subsidize the food, health care, housing and income of that half of the nation that pays no income taxes.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: americanidol; buchanan; equality; freedom; liberty; patrickbuchanan
One can have equality or liberty. Not both.
1 posted on 07/18/2013 10:51:28 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Egalitarianism is a proven loser. It cannot be achieved and liberal meddling just makes things much worse.

Equal opportunity is a much better and more honorable goal.


2 posted on 07/18/2013 10:56:44 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Bullish

Sad thing is the left does not really want equality of opportunity. They want equality of result guaranteed by government which destroys freedom and ironically perpetuates even more inequality as well.


3 posted on 07/18/2013 11:05:53 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan; Bullish

The year 2081 is not that far away...

http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html


4 posted on 07/18/2013 11:07:18 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: ReformationFan
"...Yet we Americans have often sacrificed liberty for safety."

I take great offense at statements such as these. *I* did not give up my Liberty, gov't usurped. I have Inalienable Rights, gov't attempts to usurp or diminish those at every step.

One has a hard time defending ones Liberty/Rights when the gov't, that was instituted to PROTECT those, is stacked against the Citizen.
5 posted on 07/19/2013 8:38:18 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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