St Hedwig, TX
February 5, 2012 4:34pm
|Rock'n and 4th Gen, I'd like to address your assertions one at a time.
You stated in your first comment, paraphrasd, 'then how come we have one person paying 40% taxes and one paying 0%'? That has nothing to do with equal. That's the tax code. If that person had worked hard and earned the same income, and had the same deductions as the 40% tapxpayer, then he too would have paid 40%. That's a matter of income, not birth equality.
In your second response to the commentary, again paraphrased, you said 'all they (the founders) had to do was look around the room and known they were not created equal'. No, they were all created equal, used their God given talents, and rose to different stations in society ... probably different income levels also. A matter of money and prestige attainment ... not a question of birth equality.
You stated in the first line of your response that "It's ridiculous that 'everyone' is created equal when it just ain't so". Later, in your example of your relatives, you prove your first sentence to be false. Think about it. One person used his abilities, intelligence, drive, and character to achieve a height of business owner. The second person obviously chose the wrong subject to study instead of perhaps following his own heart and doing something he really loved and for which he possessed he had a tremendous, most likely natural talent ... God given.
The writers comments on Adraham Lincoln is a prime example. Place Lincoln's abilities, intelligence, drive, and character against John Kennedy. They both drove themselves to achieve the best of what they loved. Yet Lincoln went to D.C. from a log cabin and poverty. Kennedy went to D.C. from a mansion and wealth. Their abilities, intelligence, drive, and character were not the same although some things were very similar. Kennedy could not have pulled off Lincoln's terms as president nor could Lincoln have filled in for Kennedy. That's the beauty of our country.
I usually agree pretty much agree with both of you most of the time, but this time I must respectfully disagree. What the author was talking about wasn't as much our equality at birth, but more of what we do with our gifts. And, our gifts are not the same. This automatically means if the government ensures our God given rights and stays out of our way, there is no limit to what we can achieve in our pursuit of happiness. And, at the end of our lives, depending enirely on our own efforts, we won't reap equal outcomes of our life's efforts.