Fair is fair? Maybe not.

March 30th, 2006

On NPR this morning, viagra sale mind I heard self-described “freelance left-wing missionary” Annie Lamott say, viagra “we all know what fair means.”

And I thought, “sure we do. It just means different things to different people.”

For example:

TOPIC: Amnesty for illegal aliens/undocumented immigrants
LIBERAL FAIR: They’re human beings. They should be treated like everyone else.
CONSERVATIVE FAIR: Why should they be rewarded for breaking the law? And it doesn’t seem fair to the people who try to legally immigrate.

TOPIC: Abortion
LIBERAL FAIR: A woman shouldn’t have to pay for her whole life for one little mistake.
CONSERVATIVE FAIR: A baby shouldn’t have to pay with its life for one little mistake.

TOPIC: Affirmative Action
LIBERAL FAIR: We need to compensate blacks for being treated unfairly because of their color in the past.
CONSERVATIVE FAIR: No one should be treated unfairly because of their color in the present.

I believe everyone in America wants fairness.

And I believe absolutely none of us agree on what that means.

Entry Filed under: Observations,Philosophy,Politics

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Scott Mehring  |  March 31st, 2006 at 1:07 am

    Nice work.

  • 2. Billiam  |  March 31st, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    I agree with you, Elliot! So there! NYAH!!

  • 3. Mike  |  March 31st, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    Excellent post, excellent.

  • 4. Melinda Omdahl  |  April 1st, 2006 at 10:24 am

    More praise from my cheap seat!

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