No: The Constitution Doesn’t Guarantee Anyone Equity

by | Apr 15, 2021 |

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities which, again, sounds very appealing.

After all, what culturally enlightened and compassionate person of any political stripe wouldn’t want to end all forms of discrimination and support economic and social programs that address injustices and inequities?

Democrats are terrific at pitching legislation and programs titled to say the opposite of the intent.

Think the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which guaranteed that you could choose among the single medical option that Big Med government lobbyists wanted you to have; the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of which only about 10% is actually earmarked for pandemic recovery; and the currently proposed $2 trillion-plus Infrastructure bill that defines virtually everything — including the kitchen sink — as fitting that definition.

Here again, tricky trigger words like ”equity” can target very costly intents and consequences we haven’t bargained for.

Notice, for example, that the executive order didn’t refer to advancing racial equality … the bedrock principle enunciated by America’s founders in the second paragraph of our nation’s Declaration of Independence: ”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Differences between equality and equity are fundamental and crucial: differences between assuring equal opportunities and equal outcomes; between equal treatment under the law and fingers on scales of justice; between unbiasedly judging people’s behaviors and achievements as individuals — or stereotypically as members of groups; between rewarding those who strive for achievements and those who don’t.

Most Americans generously recognize a fair and moral responsibility to provide assistance to all poor and disadvantaged citizens who urgently need temporary or sustaining help.

Nevertheless, just as there is a broad understanding that no worker should be laid off because of his race, gender, or religion, it’s also generally understood that such safety nets shouldn’t disincentivize people capable of working from pursuing opportunities to do so by offering equal compensation.

Those who guilelessly — or deceitfully — push for social equity programs openly invite contradictory social discrimination consequences they self-righteously claim to decry.

When Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton questioned Biden’s Attorney General-designate Merrick Garland during confirmation hearings whether a commitment to equity required abolishing equal treatment under the law, he replied, ”I think discrimination is morally wrong. Absolutely.”

Marcia Fudge, slated to run Housing and Urban Development, gave a much different answer. ”Just to be clear,” Sen. Cotton asked, ”it sounds like racial equity means treating people differently based on their race. Is this correct?”

Ms. Fudge fudged her response: ”Not based on race, but it could be based on economics, it could be based on the history of discrimination that has existed for a long time.”

In other words, equity is to be applied as a putative vehicle for government bureaucrats to divine class remedies for unfair treatment of previous generations, or perhaps disadvantaged childhoods, at the expense of individuals with greater merits and needs.

Who would you trust to develop a righteous formula to determine which Americans are privileged too much? How much must be taken away and given to those who have too little?

Broadly applied across government, only tyrannically intrusive overreach could presume to specify such equity rules and enforcements for every business, public institution, and civic organization.

Under today’s prevalent woke identity politics, such social equity programs are increasingly taking precedence over individual merit-based versus hiring and reward criteria in those same non-government entities.

In higher education, for example, we have witnessed Harvard, in its desire for diversity, turn away ”excessively large numbers” of highly qualified Asian-American applicants for admission based upon egregiously prejudicial personality assessments that blanket-rated them comparatively lacking in de-meriting traits such as courage, leadership, and likability.

Charles Lipson, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago, argues that even in deep-blue California, such unequal affirmative action programs became sufficiently toxic to be rejected by voters. Hence, they are now being restyled with the same goals and rebranded under a new name… ”equity.”

Prof. Lipson then concludes that affirmative action and equity are, in turn, evasive rebranding terms for the oldest program purporting to gain equal outcomes. Its name is socialism.

Richard Levine, former U.S. Navy deputy assistant secretary for Technology Transfer and Security Assistance, similarly characterizes equity as a stealth vehicle which ”masks the attainment of wealth and power for the few through false promises of welfare for the many.”

Such a pledge, Levine notes, has never been kept anywhere. ”It is largesse that is never paid nor rendered,” a massive unending theft ”perpetrated against those deemed more fortunate.”

”As proven,” Levine writes, ”such theft will not create opportunity for all, but the impoverishment of everyone except the ruling class, which will subvert the instruments of state and corporate authorities while professing beneficence.”

History has demonstrated that a society devoid of rich opportunities afforded in America might well be more equitable, but not a more just or preferable society to experience.

Or as Black social theorist Thomas Sowell, a Stanford University Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, warned, any ”search for cosmic justice” which demands that existence be made fair and equal in every respect can lead only to totalitarian hell.

Such universal equity goals were never intended by our prescient forefathers to be the determinate role of government. Moreover, any government attempt to do so runs entirely antithetical to precious American freedoms and liberties our Constitution — now under attack — was expressly designed to protect.

Avatar

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston. He founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the space architecture graduate program. He is the author of several books, including "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful” (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), and "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles."

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is for educational, general information, and entertainment purposes only and is never intended to constitute medical or legal advice or to replace the personalized care of a primary care practitioner or legal expert.

While we endeavor to keep this information up to date and correct, the information provided by America Out Loud, its website(s), and any properties (including its radio shows and podcasts) makes no representations, or warranties of any kind, expressed, or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to its website(s) or the information, products, services or related graphics and images contained on the website(s) for any purpose.

The opinions expressed on the website(s), and the opinions expressed on the radio shows and podcasts, are the opinions of the show hosts and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs, or policies of anyone or any entity we may endorse. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

At no time, nor in any event, will we be liable for any loss, or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss of data or profits arising out of, in an association of, or connection with the use of this website.

Through this website, users can link to other websites that may be listed. Those websites are not under the control of America Out Loud or its brands. We have no control over the nature, content, or availability of those sites. America Out Loud has no control over what the sites do with the information they collect. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation, nor does it endorse the views expressed with or by them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, America Out Loud takes no responsibility for, nor are we, and will not be liable for being temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties beyond our control. America Out Loud does not sell, trade, nor market email addresses or other personal data.

Genesis HOC1
CofixRX
Use the code ‘OUTLOUD’ and receive your 20% discount on your first order.
My Free Doctor.com
California SB107 sets the stage for a Radical Transgenderism Sanctuary State

California SB107 sets the stage for a Radical Transgenderism Sanctuary State

Sen. Scott Wiener introduced SB107 to become a “transgender sanctuary,” allowing the California courts to block parents from protecting their own children while creating a radical transgenderism state. Isn’t this considered a form of sex trafficking? This lawmaker also advocates a modern-day version of Sodom and Gomorrah by making drag shows mandatory…

4 Ways the Globalist Elites Are Ramping Up The Great Reset Ahead of Midterm Elections

4 Ways the Globalist Elites Are Ramping Up The Great Reset Ahead of Midterm Elections

The JD Rucker Political Report – Much of what the Left is doing is using the midterm elections as cover while they push forth a bigger, long-term agenda. It is short-sighted to believe all the odd actions we’re seeing taking place in America are just about the midterms. Keep your eyes on the whole globalist agenda, so you’re not caught off-guard…

America’s Sale of Oil Reserves to a “Hunter Trump” Ex-China Partner Would Be Headline News

America’s Sale of Oil Reserves to a “Hunter Trump” Ex-China Partner Would Be Headline News

Perhaps legacy media would be more interested in demanding White House answers if BHR had been founded by someone hypothetically named “Hunter Trump.” And of all places to send our emergency oil in the midst of a global shortage, why to China, a country that is Russia’s main market, to support its war against Ukraine that Biden blames for American pump pain?

Truthfully, EV Automobiles Are NOT Going to Work!

Truthfully, EV Automobiles Are NOT Going to Work!

The lack of efficient, cost-effective motor transportation will reduce the available food supply, making us even more dependent on the government. Costs of inefficient wind and solar-produced electricity will make us broil in the summer and freeze in the winter, starve for lack of electricity to run the refrigerators that preserve our food, and make us dependent on…

Is Politics Really a Part of God’s Plan?

Is Politics Really a Part of God’s Plan?

Shall we turn a blind eye to politicians who sexually abuse our children, pander to the cartels, and violate every one of our God-given individual rights? Do we obey the political agencies who impose evil and oppose God’s moral laws? Do we pay taxes to support abortion and support a war that promotes a Globalist agenda? Do we close our churches because politicians tell us to do so?

The Religious Persecution & Purging of Our Troops Threatens America’s National Security

The Religious Persecution & Purging of Our Troops Threatens America’s National Security

Truth For Health with DrLee4America – America simply cannot afford the continued purging of some of our most highly trained and experienced military, all because of a highly politicized agenda to continue to force the unlawful orders to take an experimental COVID shot and to endure repeated testing with experimental (EUA) testing…

Genesis HOC1
CofixRX
Use the code ‘OUTLOUD’ and receive your 20% discount on your first order.
My Free Doctor.com
America Out Loud 6 years

Your Source for Free Speech, Talk Radio, Podcasts, and News.

 

Here we take on the challenges of our generation so that we can preserve future generations.

iHeartRadio

The APPS are free; the mission is priceless!

Free APP

Podcast Networks

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Spotify
Pandora
Tunein
iHeart
Stitcher

Subscribe and Listen on Your Favorite APP

Our Columnists and Show Hosts

Bookstore

Apple Podcasts

Click for the full bookstore.

Truth For Health

Apple Podcasts

COVID Solution Summit

Apple Podcasts

Evacuating Americans & fully-vetted Afghan's at Risk - Help Us!

Apple Podcasts

Empowering and mentoring conservative trailblazers from Generation Z to win!

Apple Podcasts

Turning Point Action is Recruiting Precinct Chairs - Become a Grassroots Warrior Today!

Apple Podcasts

URGENT - KEEP NINE
Please join us to protect the Supreme Court:
Sign the Petition!

Apple Podcasts

The LATINO USA EXIT from the Democrat Party, click for details...

Apple Podcasts

Fighting corporate censorship and ensuring voter integrity...

Apple Podcasts

Support wounded and fallen police officers. The Wounded Blue.

Wounded Blue
Share via
Copy link