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September 28, 2009

The Politics of Fairness

Steven R. Berryman

The greatest lie propagated on our children in public education today is that “fairness” will be a guiding principle in life.


This may be a fine cornerstone to elementary education, with children of disparate backgrounds and circumstances coming to play dodge ball together, but as a model for a future expectation, it’s a loser.


When the brain begins to evaluate “just what is politics” later in life, the confusion is complete. Guys in blue on the left, and guys in red on the right; ready, set, go!


Looks like a game, anyway…


First came the indoctrination – really “programming” – that is our education.


During education, we were all set-up, early in life, by the liberal-industrial complex, a model that blurs the line between “games” and “competitions.” An election is a competition that is a contest, for example.


Contests require winners and losers.


By the time one is judged by SAT test results, it’s too late to have discovered the “contest or game” distinction. After a youth filled with losers’ trophies the same size as winners!’


Yes, you all get one. Nice job to our participants!


Truth may only be discovered when the college admissions process gets serious, and by then…it’s too late. And when we learn the reality of how politics functions in America, it can come as a shock to some of the naïve, and lead to perma-apathy in others.


No, Virginia, it’s not fair!


When life kicks-in, it’s all about the game, but elements of fairness dissipate just as quickly as the elements of competition are introduced.


The nature of politics is an example of a fairness trap. There are winners, and there are losers. Politics fools many, as in America it largely has two sides, rules, and elections, which are ways of determining “winners.” So it looks just like a game!


In games, rules are established – as in sports – and are enforced by “officials” in an effort to keep the playing field level thus ensuring fairness of play. This may seem to be analogous to “laws” that are established – ostensibly for purposes of fairness – that are enforced by power structures of the lawyer-legislators of our government.


With the politization of our government, it ceases to be a fair game.


In proof, look at the selectivity used to enforce the laws on the books; this is where things become “politicized.” Goodbye to fairness.


In national politics, would a general amnesty for illegal immigrants be “fair” to those taking the time and effort to become naturalized citizens? As the issue is politicized, there goes the fairness…


In local politics, last Wednesday fairness came into play with the press release from our Frederick County Republican Central Committee.


Chairman Kelly Schultz demanded to know what Democratic Party candidate for mayor, Jason Judd, “really stood for.”


“Unfair!” came the cries in retort, after The Frederick News-Post published a major article covering the issue. Complaints, of course, coming from the expected political corner, most likely born of embarrassment.


At issue was the self-declared “advocacy campaign director” for the SEIU union’s potential loyalty to the radical group ACORN.


This was a fair question as voters had been worried about recent corruption surfacing within ACORN due to the video exposé, and also their long-running cases of participation in voter fraud currently litigating in 17 states.


If that were not enough, then consider mortgage lending practices connected with ACORN that have undoubtedly facilitated our current Great Recession, via the resulting bankruptcies.


The tie-in here is that the founder of the SEIU came from ACORN background, and that fact is undeniable. Andy Stern, president of SEIU sits on the advisory council of ACORN, and has been a major contributor and supporter.


Is it fair for a Republican leader to “call out” a candidate in the mayoral competition?


Of course it is! If this were to be sport, it would be a contact sport.


Jason Judd beat out fellow Democrat Jennifer Dougherty in the city primary election by laying firm claim to big union activism, and to the mantle of “organizer.”


Connection with SEIU (Service Employees International Union), the derivative of ACORN, surely brings along many questions, useful to inquiring voters in getting into the mind of candidate Judd.


In a labor verses management dispute in the city, where would the mayor’s allegiance be?


Should big labor seek to infiltrate city retailers, how could Mr. Judd be impartial?


Where unions are comfortable with adding costs, would this give Mr. Judd a bias toward greater taxation?


It would also be “fair” for Democrats to ask pointed questions of Republican Randy McClement; and I expect no less. But perhaps Mr. McClement has less baggage.


The reality, of course, is that politics is more warfare than game. Losers can be ruined; winners get spoils. These days political winners, most not counting on any fairness to win, see their spoils as a lifelong meal-ticket, despite campaign promises.


And the cycle has repeated so often and for years by both major parties…


Any surprise that the Frederick City municipal primaries recently garnered a 17.98% voter turnout? This may be apathy that is born of the realization that politics isn’t fairly about the issues, as it was meant to be, but is in fact all about the politician.


Is it fair when a liberal elementary school teacher from New Jersey indoctrinates her children, teaching them chants about the love from President Barack Obama? This, very much putting the man over the office.


That one, friends, seems more a criminal moral issue, as opposed to one of fairness. Should you object to this behavior, please raise your hand.


Wake up early folks: Life is inherently unfair!



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