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Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Leonard Jackson


What’s Fair?

There’s a new word being bandied about these days by the left in the political discourse concerning governance and the direction the Democrat party would like for us take. The President has used it several times in his recent campaign speeches. The word is “fair.”
Now that’s a familiar word that has multiple meanings, but not usually expressed in the context of setting policy and designing programs for the electorate. It pretty well goes without saying that all governing programs within a free society have an implied fairness and should be the cornerstone of any serious organizational structure. It is, however, somewhat subjective in meaning and what seems fair to one person may not seem so fair to another. It depends on who’s deciding and what the underlying objective that particular decider is attempting to reach.

What exactly does the word mean to the left when they cry out for fairness? What’s fair to a progressive (liberal) would seem not so fair to someone of a different political persuasion. It appears that if one is fortunate enough to have amassed a great amount of money by being at the right place at the right time, or for that matter, just born lucky and awoke one day to discover the existence of a huge trust fund with his name on it, he was expected to give some of his assets away to someone else who had not been so fortunate. Since he had so much he should be willing to “spread it around” to quote the President when he was surprised in the last election by a question from “Joe the Plumber.”
I was pretty sure, but I reread my copy of the Constitution again just to verify, and I did not see the word mentioned one time. I could of missed it once or twice (I read over it pretty fast), but as I expected, it was not used by our Founders in constructing the greatest human document of all time.
The explicit intention of our Constitution is to affirm our innate freedom and right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with the least possible intrusion by our government. Our Founders rightfully went to extreme lengths in forming this Union to assure the minimum participation of any government entity in our lives and we must defend against the incessant infringements that “big-government proponents” are unceasingly proposing.

Endless hours were spent in debate to set forth these principles; lives were lost in wars to protect them and battles have been waged in our legislative branches for over 200 years against those who would abolish our individual freedoms to further the influence of an over-reaching sovereignty.

We are all blessed to live in this country. We are particularly fortunate for the unequalled wisdom of those who created this extraordinary nation. We are able to live without fear or interference (for the most part) from our government. The power that could be created within our free society in the wrong hands is threatening. That’s the reason that since the original papers were drawn and ratified there have been those who would try to usurp that power by promoting a more intrusive body at every opportunity.

Not one of us is compelled to give something we own to someone simply because we have more of it. Nor can we be forced forfeit any amount of goods or services to anyone for no compensation.

What we have and how we use it is our own concern. Whether or not we attain the moral expectations of our life on this earth is a matter between each of us and our maker. Neither the government nor any of its agents have any place in that determination.

About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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