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Readers' forum: Equal opportunities

Published: Thursday, Dec. 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

An Occupy Wall Street protester holds a sign as he marches in Times Square in New York, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Earlier in the day dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested as they attempted to enter an Episcopal church-owned lot in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood.

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Aristotle said, "The worst form of inequality is trying to make diverse things equal." Progressives in both political parties are intentionally conditioning Americans to believe that "equality" should be society's ultimate goal.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, "Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in serfdom than equal in freedom." In Lincoln's Gettysburg address, he declared that this country was "conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

It is obvious, however, that not all men are born with equal athletic talents, or levels of intellect, or equal ambition. John F. Kennedy well understood this, telling college graduates in 1963, "All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have equal opportunity to develop whatever talents we possess."

Equal opportunity to pursue our dreams is what the Constitution provides. But progressives don't want equal opportunity to succeed or fail. They want equality in serfdom. To create equal outcomes requires a strong central government to implement laws and to force everyone to obey them, but this punishes the ambitious and rewards the lazy.

Richard L. Toyn

Salt Lake City

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