whatever is on my mind….

define fair……

I don’t understand the concept of equal outcome.  So many people up in arms because other people have achieved a high level of success and willing to have government steal from those industrious folks to fund their own agendas.

In order for there to be equal economic outcome there would need to be equal intelligence, talent, and persistence.  One of my favorite quotes was made by the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge.  “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Another old saw I like is ‘you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink’.  The idea that you can force educate people incapable of absorbing information is like that.    What would the world look like if everyone were truly equal.  Would all be kings (doctors, lawyers, business tycoons, scientists) or would all be garbage collectors.  All jobs aren’t equally glamorous or desirable maybe but all jobs are equally important.  If all jobs were compensated equally who would aspire to carry out the trash?  Everyone wants to be a king, some are more willing, some are more capable, some are more talented to attain that position.  Every job worth doing is worth doing right and when done right should be compensated accordingly.

If hard work, industry, sacrifice and effort is punished those desirable attributes that produce success and wealth will cease or move to a more desirable place that appreciates them.  This is just a fact of life and no amount of justification for taking from the one to give to the other will ever produce the desired outcome.  Individuals regardless of ideology, will by nature be individuals first and community second.  That is why the courtyard common to all is never swept, it is human nature.

In all of history there is no example of Socialism in all its forms ever producing a better outcome for people.  It is merely a disguise to use those who are less fortunate by nature or by lack of motivation to control populations for the purpose of imposing power over the ‘many’ by the ‘few’.  It assumes that people are incapable of making their own choices and in most cases has resulted in mass extermination when individuals refused to live under tyranny.

Two more of Cal’s quotes to think on.  “The chief business of the American people is business” and “Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshiped.”




  1. thedrpete

    You say, FOH, “Every job worth doing is worth doing right and when done right should be compensated accordingly.”

    I’d counter that every job one agrees to perform should be done better than merely right, and that the employer should pay what said performance is worth to her. Every product or service should be offered for sale at the highest price an optimal number of customers will pay without energizing start-up competitors.

    • Of course I agree with you dr pete. Sometimes I forget that others can’t read my convoluted mind……

  2. People are always talking about “the tax code isn’t fair,” or “what are the wealthy making so much money for when I can barely get by and make so little? IT’S NOT FAIR!!” The thing is, who ever promised ANYONE that life is fair?

    Also, who is to determine what IS fair and what ISN’T? I think a society works better if it realizes from the get-go that there will be some inequities-that’s life, than to completely level the playing field by robbing from peter to pay paul. After a while, there won’t be more pauls around and there will still be money needed. Then we’re up a creek with only a Grecian-style paddle!

    It also works better if it realizes there will be some haves and some have nots; the goal is to minimized the have-nots, and to minimize those haves, but to ELIMINATE thaw far ends of the spectrum

    • “Fair” is a somewhat ambiguous word. One man’s fair is another man’s tyranny. Even if everyone were to be equally endowed with intelligence, talent and fortitude, economic equality still wouldn’t be achieved due to the desire within each individual. Contentment is achieved at different levels for each of us according to what we desire. Being free to seek and find opportunity and to use it wisely or foolishly is totally up to the individual and no law, no regulation, no mandate will ever make it otherwise. This is just my humble opinion but I do believe it is not an uncommon one.

  3. If it were up to socialists, we would all be the same shade of gray. Ironic how they insist on differentiating on shades of color, isn’t it??

    • Yes it is ironic, gray is not my favorite color! They want us all to fit into the same tiny little mold.

  4. And love the new layout, too 🙂

    • Thanks Y! Been meaning to change for a while and finally got around to it!

  5. Fair to the Deviant in the WH means we all become robots and only get what the State allows us to have if indeed his plans get set into place. Fairness right now is a canard.

    • Apparently the resident has decided that only he can decide!

      • FOH,

        True since the Deviant believes he is God.

  6. Reblogged this on theconservativehillbilly.

  7. I wrote awhile back..”You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.” And you can feed your thoughts do a dumb ass, but you cannot make it think. I would say both are in concert with this post..

    • Thank you for the ‘flyby’! I love ‘old saw’ common sense…..

      • Not so common anymore..Thomas Paine where are you?

      • Sadly you are right.

    • The concept of ‘fair’ has always bothered me. ‘It isn’t FAIR’ really ruffles my feathers, causes my hair to stand up on end: WHO promised you fairness? To use a song, “…I beg you pardon, I never promised you a rose garden…” LIFE isn’t fair. And what a boring world it would be if it were.

      I’ve been dealt a pretty raw health hand, but Ive met wonderful people, learned lessons. Sure, there are days when I’m human and could easily say, “take this ‘xxxxxx’ and shove it” but it’s my lot in life. We each have some sort of problems.

      The ‘fair’ thing even extends to the lives of our children. They’re just out for baseball or soccer or a team sport. And, the best athlete used to win the trophy at the end of the year. Now, to be PC, ALL get trophies or some sort of acknowledgment. This can only send the message to all the kids, “So you get rewarded for NOT doing well, eh?” ” You get rewarded for mediocrity, eh? Is that FAIR to prepare the kids for the real world where you ONLY succeed if you put it ALL out there and no only then!

      • No life isn’t fair, everyone has some burden to bear. It isn’t fair to handicap children by not preparing them to live in the real world where effort and determination to be the best you can be, do count.

        Government is the least able to be fair when they intervene because they must always choose the winner and the loser. Their job is to secure liberty thereby securing America (the playing field) but not trying to level it! What would we be without mountains to climb and rivers to cross?

      • “Government is the least able to be fair when they intervene because they must always choose the winner and the loser.” That is so true. The ‘race’ is handicapped from the start, because government picks the winners and losers.

      • It also promotes a ‘victim mentality’ convincing them that they cannot do or accomplish anything without the government acting as their own personal bully against anyone they perceive to be against them.

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