The Fallacy of “Fair”

Hello all.  I hope all is well for everyone.  I’m going to have a lot to write about next week as this weekend I am flying to Tampa Bay to hang out with friends and go to the Panther vs Buccaneers game on Sunday.  I’m really looking forward to it.  I have a couple of friends who live in St. Petersburg so I can’t wait to see the ocean again.  It’s going to rock!  Well more on that next week….

Right now I want to write something up real quick and get this off my chest.  This goes out to anyone who is on the fence right now about who they want to vote for in the upcoming election.  This is why I dislike the liberal view on the world, and will not vote for them.

I’ve been reading a lot lately where people are saying one party supporter “just doesn’t get it”, and “you just don’t understand”, or this person or that person is stupid or whatnot.  I’ve been down that path before as well, and I don’t want to go there.  So I’ve been exploring why exactly I tend to support conservative views, although I consider myself a Libertarian and not a Republican, and how to best express why this all makes sense to me and why I think it should to others.  This is the best answer I have, and I think it’s one of the best answers I or anyone could have for not voting for the liberals of the world.

Listen to any liberal person, especially the politicians, speak for any length of time and it won’t be long before they utter one of their favorite words:  “fair”.  They will do anything to go about creating a sense of “fairness”, even if it’s foolish at the very least.  Obama, for instance, wants to raise the capital gains tax, and when you ask him why, he says it’s out of “fairness”.  It doesn’t matter that doing this will lower revenue the federal government will be able to collect.  Please see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-09Dwg7qYY

I watched the Vice Presidential debate last week and was reminded of the above link when Joe Biden used the word “fair” over and over.  Then it struck me – this is what has caused me to instinctually, over the years, drift toward “the right” as I’ve gotten older:  this idea that we need to strive for “fairness” in the world.  Okay, folks, I’m going to share a simple truth for you here and I really hope the lot of you take this to heart and understand that it is indeed the truth.

There is NO such thing as “fair”.  “Fair” does not exist.  It is a fairy tale…like Santa Claus squeezing down our chimneys to give us presents.  Any situation that affects more than one person can ALWAYS be, and most often will be, viewed as “unfair” by one person or the other.  It is an entirely subjective point of view and therefore the “reality” of it is going to drastically differ from one person to the other.  Therefore, it does not really exist.  It is opinion and NOTHING more.

Deciding on a course of action in your life, especially one that is going to affect other people, because you think it’s “fair” is as foolish as forcing all of us to go to the North Pole with you because you want to introduce us to Santa.  And doubly so when you aren’t going to give us any other choice but to travel to the North Pole with you, but you also are going to force us to pay for our individual expenses for said trip out of pocket.  This is why I don’t like liberals.  As long as it seems “fair”, they otherwise don’t care.

We cannot make life “fair”, folks.  There are always going to be hardships.  There are always going to be lazy people who try to leech off of everyone else.  There are always going to be fools and idiots who want everyone else to do the work for them, and think that they deserve a slice of what others work hard to accomplish.  Medical treatment is always going to cost money, and that money is going to have to come from someplace other than the magical kingdom of “fair”.  There are always going to be liars and thieves and lunatics.  There is always going to be evil.  There are always going to be rich and middle and poor.  There are always going to be people who achieve, people who just do what is necessary, and people who don’t want to bother to do either.  There are always going to be people who see themselves as victims and as oppressed, no matter what anyone does to them or for them.  There are always going to be people full of goodness, truth, hope, and love as well.  Life has a balance of it’s own, and it has nothing to do with “fair”.  We cannot force our view of “fair” onto this balance because the more we try the more we put things out of balance.  All we can really do is live, and do everything, as best we can.  We can only do what we think is right.

I could go on and on, but if I haven’t started you thinking by now then I never will be able to.  I also want to say a few words on this financial crisis we are in now – think about it as well.  There is plenty of finger pointing at the Bush administration for this crisis in the media.  However, the mainstream is conveniently ignoring the fact that the House and Senate have been under control of the Democrats now for the past two years.  These same Democrats are crying out now about how they saw this coming.  Okay, then, why didn’t you stop it?  You were in the lawmaking control here, right?  What steps did you take to stop it?  Seriously?  Anyone who follows politics even remotely knows that it was the Republicans that warned about Fanny Mae and Fanny Mac, and the Dems that ignored them.  I was going to post a bunch of fact finding links, but this one covers them all:

http://777denny.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/mccain-warned-now-the-freddie-macfannie-mae-democratic-economy-gets-bailed-out-at-a-cost-of-a-trillion-dollars/

If you’re going to cast your vote in November based on the economy, then you need to consider that we are in the mess we are in because of the Democrats as well – not just the Bush administration or the Republicans.  There is, at the VERY least, equal blame to lay.

The bottom line of my point is this:  you are welcome to not appreciate reality, my friends, but reality is still reality whether you like it or not.  Do what you think is right, not what you think is “fair”.  This way, perhaps you will spend more time actually considering the whole picture and not just your view of it.

Until next time,
B