Armstrong Williams

As grateful as I am for Barack Obama’s profound, nonsensical meditations on the meaning of hope, I am even more grateful that the One has come to make the world fair, and to tell us what fairness really means.

President Obama has spent a lot of his time lately discussing fairness, and if you’re completely ignorant of the facts of this world, it sounds great. However, like his babbling about hope and change, the whole point of it is vagueness, so that he can once again be all things to all men, not clarity; the clearer he is about what he wants, the more uncomfortable the American people get.

Even in the hope and change days—ah, those heady days of wine and roses, they are not long—he claimed to have some exclusive access to fairness, some unique understanding of it that others simply do not possess. Take, for example, that infamous back-and-forth with Charlie Gibson in which he said that, even if it would bring in less revenue, he would still raise taxes on the wealthy for the sake of “fairness.” He has no qualms about the fairness of willingly hurting the economy—just so long as he punishes those who have been blessed with material prosperity; his contribution to the justice of the world is to hurt people.

As with so many other concepts—hope, equality, morality—the Democrats equivocate, and change what it means.

Traditionally, fairness means giving everyone equal treatment—equal protection under the law, or, as conservatives often specify, equality of opportunity. The rule of law is inherently fair because the law, like God, is no respecter of persons. President Obama frequently says that he supports, “everyone playing by the same rules” in order to justify making everyone play by different rules.

Proportionality should take a pinnacle position in fairness policies. A person who has very little should be required to give very little. A person who has very much should be required to give very much, but on a proportional basis. If a person has a hundred billion dollars and they're required to give 10 % of it, than they will give 10 billion dollars. If they have only a hundred dollars and are required to give 10%, than they will give ten dollars. Each would have been required to give an equal proportion of their means and each should be entitled to the same rights and privileges.

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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