Fairness, Equal Opportunity, and Rap Stars
Those with a liberal mindset believe in principles that are noble and make sense, but they aren’t always practical or guarantied.
Equal opportunity is one of those principles and it exists in the world today. We all have equal opportunity but its equal opportunity to achieve, not equal opportunity in results. Hard work, experience, and achieving results earn success and experience. We all have an equal opportunity to perform; we don’t always have equal opportunity to earn the same results. A successful banker will earn more than a member of the housekeeping crew who works in the same bank.
The banker’s education and experience provides that banker with more opportunity to become the successful banker. A successful rap star will also make more money than the member of the house keeping crew, but then the two did have equal opportunity to get the house keeping position and record the music, personal choice and determination do have an impact in results.
Equal opportunity is here and has been for many years, what we each do with that opportunity is our personal choices and the results may vary.
Upward mobility is another liberal principle that is offered daily. The house keeping employee in the bank has every opportunity to move upward if the effort is made. Hard work and excellent performance will lead to promotion within the housekeeping department in that building. Dependability, work ethic and results lead to promotion and advancement. All personal responsibilities and all lead to success and upward mobility.
Another possibility is the ability to work hard and work toward more education. Education coupled with hard work lead to more success more opportunity and more upward mobility. Again all of this is personal choice, hard work, and a strong work ethic. Upward mobility can be achieved by anyone anywhere if they strive for it.
Fairness is a noble concept that liberals use all the time. What is fair? Is equal opportunity fair? Did I have an unfair advantage because my father worked three jobs to earn the money to send me and my siblings to college? Did I have an unfair advantage by learning a strong work ethic watching my father and mother work so hard to teach us right from wrong and supporting us? Did I have an unfair advantage when I worked hard and performed well and was selected for promotion before others were selected?
The answer to each question is no. We all have fair opportunity to make personal choices. What we do with those choices is what matters. The rap star makes tons of money that I’ll never make, but is it unfair that the rap star earn that money? I don’t think so; the rap star owns an artistic property that is in demand. I applaud every dollar the rap star earns.
If we do believe that, then everything others earn and we don’t earn is unfair or unequal, then how do we fix it? Freedom and opportunity is part of what makes this country great.
The rap star is free to make music and sell the music. Money comes rolling in from that music. How to we make the rap star share the fortune with someone like me. I go to work every day I work hard I pay my bills but I don’t enjoy the life style of the rich and notorious. I want it; I deserve it; make all the rap stars give me some, and while you are at it make them give all of us some.
Will the rap star think I’m entitled to part of that fortune? I don’t think so. We all have to be free to work and earn, our skills and experience determine how much success we each earn, artificially attempting to level the playing field only makes it much more unlevel.
Liberal politicians never offer practical solutions to their noble ideas, because there are no practical solutions to achieve them. Freedom and fairness exist already, but it’s how we each use the freedom to better ourselves and our families that varies. Results will vary and they’re supposed to.
I go to sleep each night hoping I can become as rich as a rap star without using such bad language or ugly treatment of women. I also go to sleep knowing that the rap star is entitled to every dollar they earn, because they did earn it and I didn’t.