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Why we are Republicans

From Ben Stein, a short but brilliant ditty that explains why we are who we are: "A Reason to Be Republican":

[...] [T]he attempt at social justice causes more misery than almost any other factor in human life (again, a paraphrase).

Yes. The Communists. The Jacobins. The Communards. The Maoists. The Khmer Rouge. They all caused untold suffering in the phony and vain attempt to make everyone equal… phony because it was just a fig leaf for terrible people to seize power.

We are not supposed to be all equal. Let's just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough. If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators.

Yet another reason to be a Republican. Give everyone an equal shot -- but do not require equal outcomes or even roughly equal outcomes by law. That way lies catastrophe.

Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac… that way lie the tumbrels and the guillotine.

2 comments to Why we are Republicans

  • Honey

    "All tenderness leads to the gas chambers" = Father Smith from The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy. Also Flannery O'Connor.

    "No mother will ever cry for her children again" - Fidel Castro then. Every mother cries for her children now.

    Ben Stein states the obvious. Why is it not obvious to all liberals?

  • Forced equality can only be achieved by lowering the brilliant, the successful, and the over achievers down to the level of the incompetents, the uninterested, and the incapable.

    We cannot all be accumulate wealth by the fruit of our own labor, but we can be equally destitute by governmental decree.

    Mediocrity cannot be elevated to excellence, but excellence can be subjugated by mediocrity.