What is fair?
Not life. Some people obviously are smarter than others. Some are better looking. Others have more capacity for hard work.
But this is not unfair. This is the ultimate in fairness. It’s not what skills you were born with; it’s what you do with those skills. Many geniuses simply have no drive to work hard, many “average-looking” people marry “beautiful” people, and so on.
President Obama went to Osawatomie, Kan., this week to give a campaign speech -- er, policy speech; it couldn’t have been a campaign speech since we, the taxpayers, picked up the tab for it – about what is “fair.” Why Osawatomie? Because it’s where Teddy Roosevelt gave his famous “New Nationalism” speech in 1910, and President Obama wants to be the new TR. At least this week.
The President railed for nearly an hour about “fairness” and how the United States has become unfair. But, again, what is “fair”?
The first definition of “fair” from dictionary.com is “free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice.”
Given this clearly was a campaign speech – you can tell from the relentless political attacks on Republicans – we can safely scratch “bias” from what he meant.
That this was so clearly a campaign speech also would seem to strike the “Dishonesty” part as well – to make no mention of the honesty of the man who first deployed the metric of metric of “jobs saved or created” and has Eric Holder as Attorney General.
That leaves us with “free from…injustice.” If there’s one thing “progressives” love to talk about, it is justice. Social justice, economic justice, “no justice, no peace.” Whatever kind of justice you want, they’re selling it. Unless, of course, you simply want the ultimate justice of being left to sink or swim on your own merit. In that case, forget it.
The President told the people of Osawatomie Teddy “…believed then what we know is true today, that the free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history. It's led to a prosperity and a standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world.”
Then the other shoe dropped. “But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you can from whomever you can.”
On what planet is that a pillar of the free market? That answer is none, but you can’t make a case against the free market without creating a straw man or two. Imagine if a factory somewhere had to physically produce all this president’s straw men. We’d be back to full employment in no time. But I digress.