“Contrary to most Liberals, new and old, it is nothing less than sophistry to distinguish between equality of opportunity…and equality of condition….For only those who are equal can take equal advantage of a given circumstance. And there is no man equal to any other, except perhaps in the special, and politically untranslatable, understanding of the Deity.”

Surely, Bradford did not say this (yes, I know he did).. He sounds like a modern day Progressive apologist for the unproductive and a critic of a capitalist economy. does this not sound like a Democrat campaign slogan; can you not imagine some leftist Professor pronouncing that the “deck is stacked” against the poor, etc etc.

Clearly, there is a difference between opportunity and condition and the whole premise of the “equality principle’ has to do with opportunity not condition. To say that not all have the same opportunity is a simple truism, concealing more than it reveals. While it is absolutely true that not all men have the same opportunity, it is also true that this is the result of natural differences between men and differing social, cultural or regional influences.
However, the real issue is not that there are differences between men with respect to opportunity, but rather what is it that the regime proposes, if anything to do about it.
With the Founders, there was a clear sense that nothing was to be done about it; there was no warrant, constitutional or otherwise to “equalize” citizens except with respect to conscience rights and property rights.

we had to wait for the arrival of the German inspired Progressives to embark upon this task of “equalization.” Wilson and his accolytes were instrumental in launching us headlong into this fools pursuit. Let us not mis-ascribe the fault to the basic premise of equality of opportunity. It took men of a different generation and worldview to do this.

Also, Maier’s “Scripture” may also be read to highlight the influence of the “equality principle.” She appears to diminish Jefferson’s role in the drafting of the Declaration by asserting that many, if not most, of the State constitutions incorporated wording similar to Jefferson’s famous phrase. so yes, Jefferson was not the first to utter / draft such words. However, the fact that such words are to be found in the State constitutions should be read as an indication of the profound influence such words had on the imagination of the colonists and not as proof that they did not consider “equality” to be a secondary issue.

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