Pat Buchanan

To achieve greater equality in the test scores of Asian, white, Hispanic and black children, enormous sums have been extracted from taxpayers and shoveled into an educational establishment with little to show for it in 50 years. Yet the clamor rises for more billions to achieve this modern form of alchemy.

In a decades-long intrusion on freedom that ignited a social rebellion, children were forcibly bussed out of their home neighborhoods across cities to troubled schools to achieve a "racial balance."

Why? Because it was said that through a process of osmosis, underachievers could attain greater equality with overachievers by having them sit beside one another in classrooms. Parental freedom yielded to social dictation.

"A man's home is his castle," was a concept we inherited from English law and proudly adopted as our own. No more. A man's right to sell or rent his home is restricted by open housing laws.

Owners of hotels, motels, taverns and restaurants can lose their licenses if they conduct their businesses according to personal biases and beliefs.

In the land of the free, such freedom is now illegal.

"If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well," said Obama in his second inaugural. Thus, homosexual unions will soon have to be treated equally with traditional marriage, though "marriage equality" contradicts Christian teaching.

Our Union was "founded on the principles of liberty and equality," said Obama. But how could that be when the word "equality" does not appear in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Federalist Papers?

Egalite is rather a founding principle of Robespierre's revolution, not ours. It is ideological contraband smuggled into America and the enemy of that freedom for which our fathers fought.

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote that all men are created equal in their God-given rights to life and liberty. Does anyone think that Jefferson, who kept slaves all his life, excoriated Indians in that same Declaration of Independence and spoke of a "natural aristocracy" that Providence had wisely provided to govern us, believed all men and all women were equal in any other way?

In "The Lessons of History," Will and Ariel Durant wrote: "Leave men free and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire. To check the growth of inequality, liberty must be sacrificed, as in Russia after 1917.

"Freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails, the other dies."

As the Party of Equality triumphs, the Party of Freedom expires.

Happy Independence Day!

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative magazine, and the author of many books including State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America .
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