One reason I bristle every time I hear gay activists prattle on about equality is that many of them harbor political views similar to that of the current President of the United States.Â And his policies punish the productive to promote equal outcomes.
When I see the raft of legislation state “equality” groups advocate in order to supposedly advance gay interests, I fear they favor increasing amounts of state meddling to secure the “full equality” they claim as their goal.Â I prefer freedom to equality.Â It’s easier to define and requires far less state intervention.
Well, today, while doing my laundry, I picked up a copy of the Wall Street Journal.Â Â (Sometimes, I really do miss reading a real dead-tree newspaper).Â Therein, I chanced upon Congressman Paul Ryan’s alternative to the president’s economic plans.Â Taking issue with the prevailing ethos in Washington, the up and coming Wisconsin Republican had this to offer:
In a nutshell, the president’s budget seemingly seeks to replace the American political idea of equalizing opportunity with the European notion of equalizing results.
In the past, we strove toward the goal of equal opportunity by tearing down discriminatory barriers initially erected at the government’s behest.Â But, in recent years, decades really, Democrats (with the help of some Republicans) turned to the government not to level the playing field, but to benefit those once burdened by those barriers and to redistribute the wealth of those who used that playing field to their advantage.
For those who think Republicans have no new ideas and are just the party of “No,” I suggest you read Ryan’s piece.Â After his prefatory criticism of the president’s policies, he focuses entirely on outlining his approach.Â And he’s not the only Republican to put forward ideas on how to address the current crisis.
For that alone, it’s an important document in our ongoing debate.
For me, it also serves as a reminder to address more regularly my concerns with any agenda which makes “equality” its goal.Â We don’t need additional legislation to promote the American ideal of equal opportunity.Â Â We just need the state to get out of the way so that individual Americans can find their own way to success.
And to ensure our freedom so we can more readily travel that path.