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Equal Justice / Social Justice

There seems to be a debate going on now regarding the role of government. Is it to become a way in which all citizens can receive equal justice or social justice? I believe that we all need to pay attention to this debate because it may become the narrative for our future.

According to our constitution, we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain rights: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The constitution therefore is our guarantee for an equal opportunity. This is not the same as guaranteeing equal results. With each opportunity for success comes an equal opportunity for failure. Social justice, on the other hand, is what we will often hear from the pulpit of our churches and synagogues and the Democratic Left. This is when we are urged to take care of the poor, the needy and those less fortunate than we are. Both tenets are valid and each has a place in our lives. How do we fit them in?

I have come to look at this debate as similar to baseball. With equal justice: Both teams have nine players. All batters are allowed three strikes before they strikeout. Each team has three outs per inning. After nine innings, if we have a winner, the game is over. With Social justice the rules are changed to: The lesser team can have more players in the field to fill in all those gaps. The poorer batters can have as many swings as needed, no strikeouts. The team that is losing can have as many batters as needed each inning until the score is again even. After nine innings both team goes home, everybody is a winner.

The only way that Washington D.C. can work towards social justice is through a redistribution of wealth. In other words, Socialism. There would be a need to confiscate, either though taxes or other means, what the government considers excess, from some to enable it to give to others. It will be only then that they would be able to say that everyone can have as many strikes as they need to get a hit.

Is this overly simplistic to prove a point? Of course! But think about it. How long will it be before the better team loses incentive to practice and try harder? When will the poorer team decide that they do not need to practice because the outcome is always the same?

The role of our government is to provide and make certain that we all have equal opportunities. This is not giving us an equal outcome or result. The role of our churches is to make certain that we think of those less fortunate than ourselves and then act upon it within our private lives, giving of ourselves.

© 2012 Douglas Dudek