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Those who live under arbitrary power do...approve of liberty, and wish for it; they almost despair of recovering it...Hence it is a common observation...that our cause is the cause of mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own. It is a glorious task assigned us by Providence; which has, I trust, given us spirit and virtue equal to it, and will at last crown it with success.

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No government has the right to force equality upon its people
As I read the United States Constitution, I see no passage that gives the federal government the right to force equality upon or get rid of discrimination among the American people. It does however give the federal government the right to make sure that everyone is treated equally under the law. Enforcing equality under the law is much more clear cut and easier to define. For example, the law states that no one shall murder someone else. This law must be applied to everyone regardless of race, gender, or any other classification you can think of. There is another type of equality that makes itself manifest quite frequently in the Democratic Party. I have spent some time listening to and reading various speeches of Senator Obama and Senator Clinton. They speak often of eliminating discrimination and making sure things are equal. This type of equality is what we can call equality of results. It is the basic concept that everything should be fair. The problem and challenge of achieving this kind of equality is that it requires someone to define what is fair. This someone is always the government using force or threat to achieve the results of the politicians or bureaucrats seeking to enforce fair. The second problem is that it violates other peopleís rights of life, liberty, happiness and private property. In order to enforce fair, you must take from one who has earned it and give to another who has not earned it. Do you have the right as an individual to take from another individual if you feel that you havenít been treated fairly? Of course not. Then why would the government, which derives its authority from the individuals, have this right. It canít. The governmentís role in peopleís lives is the enforce equality under the law or to make sure that each law applies the same to rich and poor, black and white, tall and short, fat and skinny, etc.

Allowing the government to enforce fair gives the government power to infringe on the rights of free speech and thought, on the right to protect and enjoy your private property that you own, etc. Those who support the governmentís ability to enforce fair most likely do so because they will benefit initially from the increase of money, power, stature, etc. But what they fail to realize is two things. First, their benefit comes at the expense of someone else who has, in essence, been robbed by the government. Second, they fail to see that what the government gives, the government can take away.

Enforcing fairness sounds good in the beginning. It always does. But what enforcing fairness is really all about is socialism. Socialism is nothing more than enforced fairness. The problem with socialism and all schemes that cease to forcefully achieve fairness is that eventually a tyrant will emerge who is narcissistic to the core. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And when that tyrant emerges and takes the reins of power, the people who supported forced fairness will join those who opposed it in being oppressed by a megalomaniac. How do I know this is true? Because I have read the history of Mao, Kim Il Sung, Stalin, Hitler, and others. These people rose to power on the idea that some group of people was not being treated fairly and that they would be able to restore and enforce fairness upon the land. These are the same promises that the Democratic Party promises America to a large extent. They seek to enforce fairness by unconstitutional means. That is why I cannot vote for Barack Obama. I realize what history has taught me and realize that enforcing fairness is immoral and unconstitutional. No individual or government has the right to infringe upon someone elseís free speech or thoughts, nor to expropriate property and give it to another in the name of fairness. Life is inherently unfair. Using force to right this basic law of humanity is wrong. It only seeks to shift the unfairness from the individual who does not have to the one that used to have. We all want a better America, but I do not want to live in an America that violates the God given rights of life, liberty, happiness, and private property at the altar of socialism when it is clothed in the words of fairness, equality, and prejudice.
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