Fairness vs Freedom

America is Unfair!

Mike Patterson writing for Townhall Magazine notes that; “President Obama is big on fairness. “Fair” or some variant thereof was mentioned eight times in his State of the Union speech, more than “health care” (twice), his signature legislative accomplishment, or “spending” (three times), the nation’s most pressing problem.”

President Obama wants to close the fairness gap! He’s even stated that he would raise taxes on the wealthy as a matter of fairness, regardless of whether it would grow the economy! The president wants to make sure that the rich won’t grab more than their fair share of the wealth, but a more likely scenario is that the president will use his class warfare pitch to grab more power for himself while the nation grows poorer! Devout communists don’t even believe in class war as an effective way to grow an economy. Karl Marx recognized class warfare as an effective tool for gaining political power and the left has used it ever since! Since the term fairness has such a wide range of meanings, it is a convenient term to use as a club to attack political enemies or promote one’s own views, much the in the same way the left uses the term “fascist” to punish those who stray from leftist dogma!

So Mr. Obama’s solution to the fairness gap is of course more government, more taxes, more regulations and more spending. According to the president, we’re just supposed to trust our brilliant and noble experts in government and bureaucratic agencies to make things ‘FAIR” for everyone else. Of course this kind of thing has been tried before and the results haven’t been pretty; collectivist, socialist and communist governments have presided over the murder of some 100 million victims in the last 100 years!

Lincoln's warning
Lincoln's warning

President Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright

The President chose to sit for 20 years under the teaching of the racist and America hating- Rev. Jeremiah Wright!  He lauched his political career in the house of the ex-terrorist Bill Ayers, another rabid America hater!
The President chose to sit for 20 years under the teaching of the racist and America hating- Rev. Jeremiah Wright! He lauched his political career in the house of the ex-terrorist Bill Ayers, another rabid America hater!

Fairness and the Founding Principles

The Declaration of Independence never once mentions the word fairness, although equality is mentioned twice but only in reference to equality in the eyes of God not the equality of outcomes as the left promotes! The fairness that is promoted by Mr. Obama has nothing in common with our nation’s founding principles at all but it is very much in line with the principles of left wing politics and Karl Marx.

GaryBauer, in writing for Politico noted, “Obama has called the Constitution “an imperfect document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture.” The Supreme Court’s leading liberal, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said recently, “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.” To read more on this go to http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74967.html#ixzz1t4XqEgZp. Bauer goes on to note, that in reference to Obamacare, the president has stated that a women’s right free to abortion pills and contraception is -“a matter of “basic fairness” and a “core principle” that needs to be balanced against the constitutional rights to religious liberty and free speech”. The president is equating a women’s right to free abortion pills and contraception with the rights in the first amendment! This is chilling to say the least, particularly coming from a president who is also considered an expert in Constitutional law!

The Fairness Game!

Almost every dictator claims fairness for downtrodden, poor and oppressed. Class warfare in the name of social justice or fairness is often a cynical ploy used by the left to gain power!
Almost every dictator claims fairness for downtrodden, poor and oppressed. Class warfare in the name of social justice or fairness is often a cynical ploy used by the left to gain power!

Groundwork for Tyranny

Professor Walt Williams posited that “fairness as a guide for public policy lays the groundwork for tyranny”. Williams demonstrates this by writing the first Amendment with a focus on fairness instead of freedom. The First Amendment emphasizing fairness over freedom would read as follows!

“Congress shall make no unfair laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the fair exercise thereof; or abridging the fairness of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble in a fair fashion, and to fairly petition the Government for a redress of grievances"?

What if I decided to an article critical of say feminism and feminist leaders in America? There would be those who would deem my article unfair and under the law I would have to appear before a court or committee of some type to consider whether my article was fair. Now how do you think that would go, how does one decide what’s fair in this case? Of course the political leanings of judges or judges would have a lot to do with the fate of my case. The point here is that fairness in this case, has too broad of meaning for a court to fairly rule on and the potential for the abuse of power is very great! This is precisely why law based on fuzzy concepts such as fairness, lead to tyranny.

Life's not fair is it!

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Fairness, as I have stated in my hubs, is a bi-product not something that can be legislated. The rich will get richer simply because you can make money if you have money...there is nothing unfair in that respect per se. Obama likes the concept of fairness because it is a great drum to beat for votes...which is about all he really cares about other than salving his large ego. Just yesterday he was out on a college campus raving to the young students about what an atrocity it is that the average college student owes $25K in loans. At the same time, he made no mention of the poor taxpayer who is strapped individually with over $100K in national debt. He cannot afford to mention it because it ties right back to the spending which he does not want to admit is the major problem facing this country. This guy cares for no one and nothing with regard to America...he is a sham from the front door to the back one. Good write! WB


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Wayne- Hello my friend! "Fairness,is a bi-product not something that can be legislated." That's a good quote and true, that at least it can't be legislated under our Constitution! And fairness is a bi-product of a nation under the Constitution where the rule of law is respected and enforced!

Is't it amazing that the president get's away with critizing what students owe,when liberals in the education system and in government have raised costs through the roof by thier own policies! And as you mentioned, nothing is said about those who will have have to foot the bill- possibly our children's children!


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feenix 4 years ago

Hey, WBA,

This is a useful, awesome, interesting, informative and very timely article.

And as far as I am concerned, warts and all, the USA is, and always has been, a "fair" society.

In fact, if this country were not "fair," it would never have done such things as end slavery, remove the prohibition against women voting, and knock down the Jim Crow laws of the Old South.

Furthermore, we do not need Obama to ensure that we are all treated "fairly." Because we are Americans, we are quite adept at leveling all of the playing fields, all on our own.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

feenix- Thank you for your kind words sir! I feel as you do,anywhere there are poeple things are going to be far from perfect and America is no different in that sense!

But with all its flaws America is still that beacon of freedom that poeple from around the world flock to! If someone half way around the world believes this is a great place to live, all the more should those who live here!

Those in government have forgotten that thier only servants of a self government poeple, who definately don't need to be lectured on fairness! Our Constitution and the laws written under it is all the politicians need to be concerned with!


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diamond1mo 4 years ago from Arizona

Fair isn't everybody getting an equal deal- fair is when you get what you need.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

diamond1mo-"Fair isn't everybody getting an equal deal- fair is when you get what you need."- I like your definition, it's similar to the Rolling stones tune,-

"you can't always get what you want, you get what you need"!

Thank you for your comments!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

There is nothing fair about punishing hard working successful people to support others who are excellent at having their hand out. Obama would like to see us all equal. Translation is equal and poor.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Amen to that breakfastpop! Thier definition of fair- "the equal sharing of misery"! In other words if you have a toy that I don't have, the government will break your toy, so everything's equal!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

I just hear a figure...the people in the USA making over $50K a year are paying over 93% of the annual tax burden. Apparently, that seems unfair to Obama and he plans on shifting even more of the burden to that side...how could he plan anything else...the others have no money???? Obama is a hammer and the solution he sees to every problem is a nail...he treats it all the same way...wrong! WB


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

That's amazing Wayne, in the world of the left everything is turned on its head! No matter what the problem is the solution always seems to be- to hammer the wealth creators with more taxes, more government, and more regulations! The results are always the same- more poverty! Go figure!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

The only time I like to comment on any hub related to politics in general is when there is fair commentaries or at least agreeing to disagree. I am neither left nor right, I just sit in the middle on the fence. It seems to me, however, that no matter who is in the office, the person is hated. There will always be problems that need to be dealt with; there were problems before the current President and I suspect there will be problems afterwards. I personally feel that a lot of the debt was ensued with the war in Iraq, which I did not agree with. I have relatives in the south who don't like our current President because he doesn't have white skin, and that's the truth. I wasn't conditioned to vote or uphold views one way or the other. I am glad to see the dialog isn't hateful like some others, thanks for that.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

ytsenoh- Thank you for taking time to comment! I agree that there is a disturbing trend in this nation that people tend to abhor whoever happens to be in leadership! That while you can have profound disagreements with your leaders, I feel we still need to be respectful and loyal at least in regards to the office that they hold! There is no doubt presidents notoriously get blame for many things beyond their control and also get credit for things they didn’t have much to do with.

Although president Obama obviously didn’t create the beginnings of the 2007 economic downturn, I feel his policies have been a disaster for the economy! Obamacare, massive stimulus spending, restrictions on domestic oil drilling ballooning deficits, thousands of new regulations and threats of higher taxes have created an unstable environment for investors and has stalled the economy. It is my firm belief that the 2007 downturn would have rebounded long ago if the president policies were not implemented!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

wba, at least you're generous and kind in your feedback. Quite frankly, I feel either way we go this term, there's going to be a lot of upset folks. I do not like crazy left wingers or right wingers, but I do respect civil discourse always. Best regards.


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Hi W, terrific hub and like Feenix said, very timely. It is a disturbing fact when our Supreme Justice makes comments about the very foundation she is supposed to up hold. Personally, her comments should have made national attention, but as the media agrees with her, so the story is buried. Why is it so hard for the left to see the policies they love end in complete failure in Europe? Why is it they cannot see all the good America has done and build on that in place of tearing down and apologizing? So sad, we are in such need of fundamental family centric values. Time will tell. Thanks.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Hi Jason- Your right, Ginsburg's comments should have made national news but in the world of the left wing media her comments are right in line with what they think!

Europe wouldn't even exist without US military presence both in ww2 and now. I can't for the life of me, figure out why we should try to copy them, as thier economies are now going belly up! I guess the only way to explain this irrational thinking is that liberalism is alot like a secular religion that requires alot of faith to believe! Since the US is the wealthiest and freest nation in the history of the world, I guess we've become so fat and happy that we think we can afford to be stupid too!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for publishing this most excellent article. I love it!

You hit the nail on the proverbial head and I appreciate you doing so. Well done!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

James A Watkins - Thank you for your gracious comments!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Interesting take wpa. One can't argue with the facts, they is what they is. What think ye of the chaos that may occur if the Supremes knock down any part of the health act. If that happens there will be no more authority for medicare payments.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Alastar Packer- I've heard its possible the chief justice may decide to uphold the individual mandate to avoid a war with the executive branch and maintain the courts legitimacy but I still believe that striking down the individual mandate is the right thing to do because the court will be upholding the Constitution.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

In agreement with you on the Constitutional legality wba. Wouldn't be a very pleasant place if those Medicare payments to the doc's and hospitals stop as all authority for payments passed over in 2010 to the enacted Health Care construct.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hello wba108@yahoo.com and thank you for this insightful and well written article.

Obama does have a unique Marxist verbatim - repetition with lots of variation, but he hasn't changed much if anything at all. To add insult to injury, I was hearing a left wing radio station saying that Bush upheld human rights more than Obama has. I'll let you fill in the dots....

Take care and thanks again for this very insightful article

John


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Alastar Packer- I agree that there would be an all out revolt if those medicare payments stop. I guess it depends who the public will blame, the president or the courts? I wonder if this is part of a bigger plan by the Democrats to set up a confrontation with the courts, to gain political points and also to discredit the conservative leaning courts?


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

John Sarkis- Thank you so much for your generous comments! I agree that Obama effectively uses marxist propaganda techniques will alot of skill! He knows how to distort the issues effectly as to fool alot of poeple. One of these days the poeple will catch on to these deceptive tactics and his regime will fall like a house of cards. Lets hope its sooner than later!


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billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

another very good hub, You and I think alike


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

billd01603-Thanks alot for stopping by and for your comments!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

While I don't agree with everything you said in the article I do think Obama is on the wrong track headed the wrong direction. Of course, as others have stated the president doesn't really have near as much power and control as he or she is attributed with. Over-all great Hub, I gave an interesting vote.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

dmop- Thank you for your generous comments! I agree, this nation has to change course, the course we're on now will destroy the nation! I pray for wisdom for our nations leaders and a change of leadership if necessary, there is way to much at stake!


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I agree with ytsenoh in some what. The only time I like to comment on any hub related to politics in general is when there is fair commentaries or at least agreeing to disagree. I am neither left nor right, I just sit in the middle on the fence. It seems to me, however, that no matter who is in the office, the person is hated. There will always be problems that need to be dealt with; there were problems before the current President and I suspect there will be problems afterwards. Now I know why! Revelation! lol. GREAT HUB! Pray things are gong well with you!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

drpastorcarlotta- Thanks so much for your visit! That's a good insight when you said that,- "no matter who is in the office, the person is hated". I see this as a reflection of America's rebellion towards authority and ultimately even towards the Lord who placed that leader in office. Another problem I see with blaming leaders is that we are looking to leaders rather than God and ourselves to solve our problems. This was the problem with the Isrealites in the wilderness when they threatened to kill Moses because thier real issue was with God!

Having said all this, I believe the entire leftist movement in America as largely opposed the Christ and the principles of freedom in our Constitution, which they blatently trample.


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FSlovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Well done..Obama and his elitist cronies seem to be the only ones who understand what is fair..Sounds very similar to Karl Marx..we need to go back to the Constitution of the United States not any Obama Doctrine


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

FSlovenec -Thank you for your kind words! I think its obvious that our politicians on the left have an extremely exalted view of their role in government, they seem to believe its thier job to shape society and enlighten the mere citizens of America! There vision is of course 180 degrees different from the founders vision of a self governing nation with government as a mere servant of the poeple!


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William Young 4 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

Great article! I get so tired of the who "fairness" rant that comes from the left. The richest person in America is Bill Gates at a net worth of 59 billion. The size of the United States Economy is about 15 trillion. 59 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the total size of our economy, so who gets to make the determination that a rich person is making more than their fair share---what business is it of Obama's in a free market system how much someone makes as long as they are obeying the law and paying their taxes?


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thanks for your gracious words! It's so easy to use fuzzy words like "fairness" confuse poeple as to what the true issues are! Your so right in that politicians making value judgements is no replacement for the rule of law.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

Great article Will, I truly can't understand how he got into office for a second term. He is killing the country slowly and he has millions of people backing him up, I just don't get it, it's not FAIR! lol . One day I hope our great nation wakes up before it's too late. Voted up and interesting.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Eddie- Thanks for your kind words! I was sure the people wouldn’t reelect him either; I believe that without these bailouts, Obamacare and all these regulations, the economy would have recovered years ago with a budget surplus. Your right, he is killing the country but as of now, the people are either too ignorant to know it or just don’t care enough to elect leaders who follow the Constitution.


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wilderness 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

One man's "fair" is another man's "theft". As long as it is the socialists of the far left declaring "fair" it will remain so as the root of their ideology is to play Robin Hood until the system collapses.

Our latest president, Mr. Obama, fits into this scenario very well, and his signature legislation (Obamacare) is an excellent example. Make the rich (and poor, for that matter) pay for something others want but can't afford. Share the wealth by forcibly taking from one to give to another.


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wba108@yahoo.com 2 years ago from upstate, NY Author

wilderness- "One man's "fair" is another man's "theft"." I like your eloquence! Fairness is the most famous tactic of a tyrant, who use it to divide and conquer. After they've conquered, fairness abruptly ends!


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dragonflyfla 2 years ago from South Florida

In a free market there will always be rich and poor. Adam Smith

In a government run market - only the government and their cronies will be rich!


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wba108@yahoo.com 2 years ago from upstate, NY Author

dragonflyfla- Absolutely, if the innovations of the free market create more million and billionaires, why is this a bad thing if society as a whole benefits.In reality, free markets have lifted the poor out of their poverty more than any other system in history.

You are spot on to say that government run markets only benefit the government and their special interests. And why wouldn't it? Once the power is in government hands, they will, of course, use it to benefit themselves as we've seen.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

President Obama's actions following the defeat of his policies in the 2014 mid-term election were political image making, and those continue. He is catering to groups his party will need for 2016. He is skillful, divisive, and determined. His war with the 114th Congress was declared and underway before they were even sworn in, and it will continue relentlessly.


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wba108@yahoo.com 23 months ago from upstate, NY Author

Well said Perspycacious, you can bet everything Obama does is purely political. All he's ever done is campaign for himself and now his party. And when he does do something he circumvents the Constitution and creates Chaos ie. Obamacare, executive amnesty, raising taxes, increasing dependency on food stamps, bailouts to political allies ect.....

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