Monday, February 02, 2009

Quote of the Day

Today is my last day filling in for Brian Wilson and the Afternoon Drive on NewsTalk 1370 WSPD. While I enjoy doing this, it does take more time to prepare for three hours of radio than it does preparing for one when I do Eye On Toledo.

In light of my obligations, here's a quote from Patriot Post that emphasizes a basic philosophical difference when it comes to the 'created equal' discussion.

"All Men being naturally equal, as descended from a common Parent, enbued with like Faculties and Propensities, having originally equal Rights and Properties, the Earth being given to the Children of Men in general, without any difference, distinction, natural Preheminence, or Dominion of one over another, yet Men not being equally industrious and frugal, their Properties and Enjoyments would be unequal." ~ Abraham Williams, An Election Sermon, 1762

Yes - we're all created equal but that doesn't mean we all do the same things with our abilities, talents or efforts. As a result, there will be unequal outcomes - if judged by assets, position, earnings, etc. But if we judged by freedom, then we'd see we are all equal in outcome after all.

1 comment:

Tim Higgins said...


They had another in today that is well worth adding:

"Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."

- Thomas Jefferson

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