We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
These solemn words in our Declaration of Independence form not only the foundations of our Democracy, but the foundations of humanity. No person is of unequal creation. Uncontrollable factors such as your sex, gender, sexual orientation, the social class you are born into, the reputation of your parents or the land you live, will ever make you unequal to another.
This concept of equal birth, as a foundation of conservatism, also shows how socialism is unjust and amoral. While our value at birth is equal to any other, we have been born with the capability to change our status over time. For better or for worse, we are personally responsible for our actions, and that will reflect on our character.
Today, however, this idea has been warped to mean something entirely different. Today equality is defined as “The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.”
This new idea, which was once set up to reward your good actions and punish the bad, now has no consequence. This is false equality.
No matter what resources we were born into, we must play the cards we were dealt with. None of us asked to be born. We were forced into this world by our parents, and they have an obligation to raise us. Whether or not our families are rich and well connected or not, we are entitled to nothing beyond the bare means of survival. Your parents have the right to choose whether or not they share that additional wealth with you.
When you have matured enough to provide for yourself, your family has fulfilled their obligation, and any further relationship you have with them is your decision. We have no obligation to support our families in their old age, but families should exist to support each other. Our lives are determined by the choices we make, and we must be subject to their consequences.
If your goal is to become rich and successful, and your parents either do not or cannot share any influence with you, you will have to work harder than someone who has been given that influence. Those who think that is unfair are the same people who would use our government to force a redistribution of income. Taking from someone what you have not earned, however, is true inequality. Their influence was earned through their labor. Whether or not they choose to give that away is their choice, not yours.
I swear by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
People who believe in this false equality will make the argument that a person should pay higher taxes purely because they make more money, and they they condemn the rich as greedy. But who are the ones trying to take what they have not earned?