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Fair is fair

December 8, 2010

Politicians like to throw the word fair around a lot.  This isn’t fair to this group of people, or that is fair to that group of people.  I don’t think they understand what the word means.

According to the World English Dictionary, fair is defined as – free from discrimination, dishonesty, etc; just; impartial.  I think most people would agree that definition is what we hold in our own minds for the word fair, but politicians (especially the commies) seem to have a different concept.

What sparked this thought was Barney Frank bitching about the tax-cut deal that was made in Congress – I don’t have the quote, but he said something to the effect of “we have a fair progressive tax system.”  I heard this on the radio in my car, and started going off, my wife was not pleased.

Then I started thinking about the “Fairness Doctrine” and how hypocritical that title is, and I concluded, many politicians and socialists use the word fair when they actually mean deserving.

And boy do we have a lot of deserving people in America.  The beauty of the word deserving is it not only encompasses good, and can also cover punishment.  Rich people deserve to pay more in taxes.  Their snotty rich children also deserve to lose half of their parent’s inheritance when their parents pass away.  Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck deserve to be kicked off the radio.  Who deserve good things?  Long-term unemployed deserve 13 more months on the government dole, making for a grand total of three years.  Indian and Black farmers deserve 4.6 billion in reperat…excuse me settlement money for a government program that discriminated against them.

The most famous saying regarding socialism goes, “Work according to your ability, receive according to your need.”  Rich people don’t deserve their money because they don’t work hard to earn it (remember, all rich people got that way through luck) and they don’t need it – whereas the poor single mother with 35 multi-cultural children deserves everything because she needs it, and its hard work raising that many children.

So the fair thing to do is take money from the rich guy, and give it to the mom who can’t keep her legs closed.  Or kick Rush Limbaugh off the air so that the totally deserving Janeane Garofalo can have another radio show that no one will listen to.

The problem with bandying about the word fair and deserving when it comes to law is that the law is supposed to be blind, whereas those words require someone to be the judge of the societal standard for what is fair or who deserves what.  In a truly equal society, people with less would not be “unfairly” treated by the system, because the system doesn’t care who you are – we all have the same shot.  But our society (and none on earth) is not fair (and can never be).  As soon as you level the playing field for one group of people, another group will rear its head claiming that something or other is not fair and they deserve justice.

The truth is, the only fair system of government is to be blind to everyone – treat everyone like a number.  It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, yellow or red, female, male or transgender, Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu – everyone is equal.  Of course that will never happen because politicians make bank by stressing the inequalities of America.

Our lawmakers should be the most color-blind individuals in our society, unfortunately they often are the most color-focused.  Their socialist desire to treat everyone fair is in fact the perverse opposite – the most unfair system imaginable.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 7:11 pm

    Well said. You can’t even find fairness in religion, let alone society. I think the “fairest” way they could treat me would be to leave me the hell alone!

    • December 9, 2010 7:12 pm

      I second that statement. =)

  2. December 8, 2010 7:18 pm

    Great post. Their idea of fair is when everyone is equally poor; except them of course. Sometimes I think the best thing we could do is is once we elect and fill all political offices, we then send them all on a paid vacation for their full term. At least that way they could do no harm.

    • December 9, 2010 7:13 pm

      I agree completely, we already have too many laws, so them not making anymore would definitely not be a bad thing.

  3. December 8, 2010 8:24 pm

    Fair is everyone gets an equal opportunity- Not equal outcomes.

    • December 8, 2010 8:26 pm

      What Steve said. Pure and simple.

      • December 9, 2010 7:13 pm

        Yep, as long as we are equally miserable, then life is fair.

  4. December 8, 2010 11:12 pm

    Valid point, and well discussed. How is even the progressive tax system we have fair? A sliding scale where higher incomes pay more? Would Jack Kemp’s flat tax be fair? Someone making $30,000.00 per year and paying a 10% flat tax sees a much larger usable portion of their income go to taxes than someone making $30 million. Even in discussing “fair” it’s tough to be fair.

    • December 9, 2010 7:15 pm

      Most flat tax systems I see have a minimum before you have to pay anything, of course that isn’t technically “fair” to the people who do but it is loads better than the current system.

      • December 10, 2010 1:55 am

        Fair is relative though. I would prefer a flat tax system but I don’t see it happening.

  5. December 9, 2010 6:51 am

    Great post! Yes they do have a warped sense of what “fair” means. Only a politician could argue that taking money away from a person that that person earned is fair.

    • December 9, 2010 7:16 pm

      In their view of the world, the rich only got that way from robbing the poor or luck, so it is fair to steal their money.

  6. LD Jackson permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:40 am

    Great post, Colin. The problem with the government’s idea of fairness is that they are always changing the rules of the game.

    • December 9, 2010 7:17 pm

      Agreed, you get used to one set of rules, and then they decide that the old system isn’t fair, so lets do something else.

  7. December 9, 2010 11:13 am

    Children begin crying “it’s not fair!” as soon as they are old enough to parrot the words. They say it at an age so young that they have no sense of other people’s perspectives or needs, and they have trouble differentiating between what is real and fantasy.

    I don’t mean this as a cheap “leftists are just juvenile!” shot (tempting though that is).

    My point is, what the child really means is “I’m not getting what I want and that makes me angry!”

    When I am frustrated with a perceived injustice, I too find that phrase in my own head: its just not FAIR!

    Fair is what we think ought to happen, instead of what actually does occur.

    This is why I say that “fair” doesn’t exist at all. It’s just our personal fantasies, conceived by our limited minds, bound by our flawed perspectives, and thus never really as “just” or “fair” as we imagine them to be.

    Only the Rule of Law can provide justice, and only if it is applied uniformly and blindly, just as you pointed out.

    Excellent post.

    • December 9, 2010 7:11 pm

      Excellent points all. =)

      Thank you for the kind words.

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