Letters

'Equality' in political sense of word will never be realized

Posted: Sep. 11, 2020 3:50 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

This letter points out at least one example of equality as practiced daily in the United States: Not everyone with a telephone number will be president of these United States. This fact qualifies as an inequality: It is not unfair. I have to admit to not worshipping at the altar of social equality. Neither are the individuals in our elected form of government, who loath to share power with people that are not their own kind. Birds of a feather still flock together. Back to worshipping: I happen to be a Presbyterian.

"Equality" in the political sense of the word will never be realized. There are too many variables that cannot be standardized. By variables, I mean human beings. History may well regard equality as one of the most useful political talking points of all time. It has frequently been found to be good for another two, four or six years in elected office. Two, four or six years under the right circumstances can be extended into a career. There will always be people who think that they or a loved one received a bum deal out of life. There also will be people making promises to remedy that situation.

I have been listening to the occasional speech on equality and inequality since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told America that he had a dream. The politicians who most often choose to speak on this topic can't or will not fix the problem.

Personally, I think that it's both: can't and will not (make that would not) if they had the power. Why consider a new and untested reason for pursuing elected office, when you can count on old reliable?

The issue of inequality to them is more important than an achieved solution. In a world based a future utopia (another dream) there are no elected politicians: not a one. A utopia with politicians is an oxymoron.

Danny Yochum

Hannibal, Mo.