If you could sum up the American liberal movement in a single word, that word might well be “equality.” Well, that’s what they would have us believe, anyway. They don’t care for such terms as personal responsibility or class mobility – except when mocking them – but they want to make sure everyone is given a fair chance. Supposedly.
In fighting for their version of equality (a version that shares a suspicious relationship with communism), the left has forsaken their own beliefs. They’ve told us for years that we can no longer use religion as the basis for our society. In fact, we can’t even bring it up. No, instead, we’re to embrace a modern, secularist view of the world. We’re all just hairless apes, marking time until the inevitable blackness of eternity.
What’s interesting is that this view of the world is incompatible with their belief in equality. You may be able to reconcile science and religion, but it’s not easy to reconcile Darwinian evolution and this notion of equality. Written in our Declaration of Independence is a phrase that says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But if you take the “Creator” out of that phrase, you really must erase it altogether. Equality and natural selection are mutually exclusive.
If man is just another animal – one that got too intelligent for his own good – then there is no “endowment” of any kind. If there is any over-arching law we should look to for answers, it can only be found in the realm of biology. And if we accept all that – a premise that must be accepted if you’re to buy into most liberal doctrine – then you have to admit that there is really only one natural law: life is a competition. A competition for resources, a competition for glory, and a competition for the best mating partner. Take God out of the picture, and this is what you’re left with.
Is every football player equal? Is every businessman equal? Of course not. Competition can’t exist if everyone is as good as everyone else. In nature, do lions go out and secure food for the tribe members who don’t care to hunt? Do bears give fish a handicap before they eat their fill? No, no. The law of nature is kill or be killed. All is fair in the ultimate quest for survival. And while we may generously submit to a better nature, it’s hard to see why we should. To stay out of jail? I guess that’s all it comes down to.
Or maybe we are more than just advanced primates walking around in suits and skirts. Maybe all of this didn’t “just happen.” Maybe an argument for equality can be found in an understanding that life is about something bigger than mere survival. Maybe even the most radical liberals believe in that bigger thing, no matter what they may claim. They can’t admit it – to do so would bring down the whole house of cards – but they do. They do.