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Why Equality Must Die
The New American ^ | 13 July 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 07/14/2012 7:47:56 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer

One of man’s faults is that he always swings from one extreme to another, without taking more than a pit stop in that lonely land called Enlightened Distinction. For example, it’s understandable that the French Revolutionaries would have adopted “égalité!” as part of their battle cry, coming as they did from a society in which class distinctions trumped all. But now we’ve come full circle, from preserving group-defined inequality regardless of merit — to enforcing group-defined equality regardless of merit.

A case in point is a recent ruling mandating that New York City must hire unqualified black and Hispanic firefighters. Writes Judicial Watch:

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; discrimination; tests; whites
The author is right. "Equality" has got to go the way of the dodo.
1 posted on 07/14/2012 7:48:04 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

Agreed. There has been some talk that Roberts switch on Obamacare gives him and the Court cover for overturning affirmative action next year.

See Fisher v Texas. It’s coming up.

2 posted on 07/14/2012 7:58:32 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Paladins Prayer

As good a time as any to re-post this old news article:
Let’s get back to that old idea of an aristocracy of merit
By Charley Reese
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on April 20, 2000
It is time to revive the Jeffersonian idea of an aristocracy of merit before the last vestige of American freedom drowns in the cesspool of egalitarianism. When I was boy, people were not shy about saying of someone who neglected or abused his family that such a person was “sorry and no good.” And they were not shy about saying it to the sorry-and-no-good person’s face. They did not stoop to treat a sorry-and-no-good person the same as they treated a fine-and-good person.

To do this is to betray the fine-and-good person. Our handshake and smile should be reserved for those people whose virtue earns it. If they are offered to people whose behavior is less than virtuous then the handshake and smile are debased and degraded. Of what value is our approval if we grant it freely to every bum, slut, ignoramus, liar, and criminal we meet? We become no better than a courtier who smiles at and flatters everyone in sight. Some people don’t deserve a smile, only a cold and formal address.

It is not true that everyone is as good as anybody else. Some people are definitely superior people, and some people are definitely inferior. Some people are intelligent, and some people are dumb. Some people are industrious, and some people are lazy. Some people are kind, and some people are mean. Some people are considerate, and some people are rude and boorish. It is not enough to acknowledge the virtuous by our approval; we must also acknowledge the bad by our disapproval.

Americans ought to be able to tell the difference between a communist and libertarian, between a dissolute person and a moral person, between a responsible person and an irresponsible person. But to do that, Americans must have standards, and apparently government schools and the news media are working diligently to make sure that Americans don’t develop any standards.

Americans ought to be able to tell the difference between literature and hackwork, between art and trash, between great people and mediocrity. At one time, they could, but of late people seem increasingly unable to form judgments.

They seem to believe that there is only one virtue and that is tolerance. Tolerance, however, is not a virtue. It just means acquiescence, and nobody should tolerate rude behavior, irresponsible behavior, dissolute behavior, criminal behavior and the betrayal of oath and trust that is so common in Washington, D.C. By the same token, discrimination has been made into a “bad word” though, in fact, it simply means the ability to distinguish between good and evil, the worthwhile and the not so worthwhile.

Well, there is no secret about who is pushing the society without standards. It’s all those people who would be in deep trouble if people had standards: talent-less bimbos; goofballs pretending to be artists; dissolute crooks serving in public office; and amoral executives promoting obscenity as entertainment. In short, the incompetent, the amoral, and the immoral.

If you go back to the 1950s, when the decline of America began, you will hear the advocates of the sexual revolution telling you that once Victorian and Puritanistic hang-ups and repression are eliminated, people will be happy, healthy and wise. Well, all the restraints have been removed, but instead of happiness you have an explosion of crime, suicide, broken families, venereal disease, and rampant dishonesty. Wow, what a surprise.

Hedonism is one of the oldest philosophies, and its results have always been the same: the decline, decay, and eventual collapse of civilization. People have forgotten that only moral societies flourish.

3 posted on 07/14/2012 7:59:36 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Affirmative action is outright war on white men, destroying their ability to earn a living and raise a family (and it shows demographically); it is no different than thugs standing outside Jewish shops in Berlin with “Juden” signs telling shoppers not to enter. It is a national disgrace and a crime.

In CT a black fireman who scored well on a test for advancement was denied the promotion (along with many whites and Hispanics who scored well) because not ENOUGH blacks scored well. He was furious, because he scored well on his own merits and had the results tossed to accomodate tokens who couldn’t compete with literate people on the test. What a shame, but a learning opportunity as well...

4 posted on 07/14/2012 8:25:49 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Repeal The 17th
Charley Reese's column is so 20th-century. In the unenlightened olden times, people may have thought "all men are created equal" meant that everyone was supposed to be treated the same, but now we know that opposing preferences based on race means the person is a racist. (Ask any journalist, politician, or college professor.)

In the past few years we have learned that the real meaning of "equality" is "support for gay rights" (as in the bumper sticker which just has an equal sign against a plain background). Who knew that Robespierre was chopping off all those heads in the Reign of Terror because the people being executed opposed gay marriage?

5 posted on 07/14/2012 8:28:48 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
Freeper moderators seem to conform to the same deficient standards; One pulled the duplicate thread with the greater number of responses.
Equality is wonderful!
From the pulled thread :

That’s in addition to a previous damages award of $128 million for the black and Latino candidates who couldn’t pass a mandatory test to join the New York City Fire Department.

This made them all instantly smarter and more knowledgeable, and they all instantly passed every test. And the city is safer and more secure as a result.

< /sarc >

6 posted on 07/14/2012 11:00:23 AM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Overturn affirmative action just as “white” starts to become the new minority.

I feel cheated, LOL.

7 posted on 07/14/2012 12:15:39 PM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: couples raising kids. That's the American way..(Penn St feels same about showers))
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To: Repeal The 17th
I ran across this scholarly work on the history of the 17th Amendment and thought you might be interested.
8 posted on 07/14/2012 5:09:32 PM PDT by Jacquerie (I want my America back.)
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Some good stuff in there.

I jumped ahead to here:
Motivation for the Seventeenth Amendment .......... 538
1. The Corruption of State Legislatures ........... 538
2. Deadlock and Delay in the Election of Senators.. 541

It will take me some time to absorb it all.

9 posted on 07/14/2012 5:49:15 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

You are welcome.

10 posted on 07/15/2012 2:04:46 AM PDT by Jacquerie (I want my America back.)
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