Progressives of both parties constantly kvetch and fret over so-called “income inequality”.
They seize on any report (or any book by Thomas Piketty) that treats “income inequality” as an example of the pending Armageddon that is going to be created due to the wealthy being wealthy and the poor being poor. In their minds this is the one issue that is likely to bring the American experiment in freedom to an end – but “income inequality” pales in comparison to another inequality that is doing far more damage.
And somewhat unsurprisingly the Democrat and Republican progressives, are creating this gap because they see it as a feature and not a bug. Iin their best Thelma and Louise fashion, they have their collective feet on the accelerator as America speeds toward the cliff.
The gap of which I speak is that gap created by the arbitrary and capricious enforcement of laws.
There is a rapidly growing “liberty” gap between those citizens who are expected to comply with laws and regulations without question and recourse and people (not necessarily citizens) who are not.
You have seen the examples:
- Immediate, de facto amnesty offered to illegal aliens while those desiring to enter the country legally wait in year’s long lines while incurring significant expense.
- Privileges being extended to illegal aliens that should only be reserved for citizens – like driver’s licenses and the ability to vote in municipal elections.
- Government officials and favored “activists” dodging tax liabilities while regular citizens get funds confiscated for simply depositing too much money in the bank.
- Conservative/Tea Party groups being targeted for “extra scrutiny” by the IRS.
- Conservatives given jail time for campaign finance violations while progressive “bundlers” walk away with a fine.
- The cronyism that exists as government allies with favored big businesses to they enact favored policies.
- This exists even at the local level – remember when Tea Party groups were forced to get permits, insurance and pay deposits for their peaceful demonstrations and the Occupy Wall Street “movement” was allowed to camp in public spaces for weeks on end without a peep from the “authorities”.
There are many, many more – too many to list here.
Since America is the greatest experiment in liberty the world has ever seen, the philosophies that it is based on are valuable to understand. John Locke’s writings have inspired me to give good and proper consideration to it and how it is being stripped from us a little at a time. Our culture is so drunk with modernity and mind-numbingly drugged by the opiates of the relative ease and comforts of our sedentary lives that we hardly notice, or even seem to care, that we are suffering the equivalent of being flayed alive – having the very skin peeled from our bodies as we watch.
I ran across a quote from Locke’s Second Treatise of Civil Government, specifically in Chapter IV, Section 23:
“This freedom from absolute, arbitrary power, is so necessary to, and closely joined with a man’s preservation, that he cannot part with it, but by what forfeits his preservation and life together: for a man, not having the power of his own life, cannot, by compact, or his own consent, enslave himself to any one, nor put himself under the absolute, arbitrary power of another, to take away his life, when he pleases.”
Progressivism thrives on pitting this group against that group to create class division. It needs class conflict/warfare to survive – and when that conflict doesn’t exist, progressivism tends to create it. The mechanics of how they seek to “perfect” society through the application of unequal action guarantees it. Passage of laws that apply to all are meaningless if government, functioning as an arbitrary authority, capriciously enforces those laws.
This is the gap that is guaranteed to destroy America. Throughout history, far more often than “income inequality”, inequalities in liberty have been the basis for revolution.