On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation. If you’re an American idol-style consumer of the news you will find nothing about this speech to bother your silly little selves with committing any time to giving it a closer look. If, however, you’re like me…and a lot of other folks around here… you’re going to want to FIND 51 minutes in a dark corner somewhere (undisturbed by the natural forces of everyday life) and pay attention to what Paul Ryan says in this speech:
I’ve got a follow-up Op-Ed on the drawing board that takes a deeper look into what happened AFTER the speech, during the obligatory Q & A, that will absolutely NOT be found anywhere on the nightly news nor, likely, on any of the hot and popular bloggy sites out there that a lot folks more frequently visit. In the meantime, watch the video…there will be a pop quiz; however much you people think you’re fighting the good fight against liberals for more seats in Congress – folks – I can assure you that the fight has very little to do with party supremacy…and everything to do with the future of your country.
The link to the text of the speech is HERE and I suggest you read this…hell, memorize it if you need to…because over the next 12 months or so this is what we’re going to be fighting about:
Sowing social unrest and class resentment makes America weaker, not stronger. Pitting one group against another only distracts us from the true sources of inequity in this country – corporate welfare that enriches the powerful, and empty promises that betray the powerless.
Ironically, equality of outcome is a form of inequality – one that is based on political influence and bureaucratic favoritism.
That’s the real class warfare that threatens us: A class of bureaucrats and connected crony capitalists trying to rise above the rest of us, call the shots, rig the rules, and preserve their place atop society. And their gains will come at the expense of working Americans, entrepreneurs, and that small businesswoman who has the gall to take on the corporate chieftain.
[T]he difference between the two parties that lies at the heart of the matter: Whether we are a nation that still believes in equality of opportunity, or whether we are moving away from that, and towards an insistence on equality of outcome.
If you believe in the former, you follow the American Idea that justice is done when we level the playing field at the starting line, and rewards are proportionate to merit and effort.
If you believe in the latter kind of equality, you think most differences in wealth and rewards are matters of luck or exploitation, and that few really deserve what they have.
That’s the moral basis of class warfare – a false morality that confuses fairness with redistribution, and promotes class envy instead of social mobility.
One of these two factions is going to win this fight. Which of them…and how they do it… says everything about which irreversible direction this country will be signing up for in November ’12.