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What is Social Justice?

“Personal enough to be felt by all, but big enough to be symbolic.”

Whittaker Chambers

I thought social justice might start with respect for all life, from the unwanted unborn to the wretched on death row… someone should speak for those who have no voice.

That social justice might have a respect for the great design of God, of man having a soul.

That Americans must act on what is right, call out wrong, and not do wrong in the perceived name of what is right.

And I would be wrong.

Definitions matter. Social Justice means that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunity. Sounds most reasonable to me, BUT, it involves four distinct elements: access, equity, participation, and rights. The social justice warriors certainly have the emotional appeal, but for me one cornerstone is simply rotten at its core: equity.

There is debate within the social justice groups themselves about equity, and that will not bode well for them internally. Equity wants fairness, but fairness at the point of a metaphorical gun. Not justice, but forced equality decided by the self-appointed.

Equity wants to take your stuff and give it to someone who doesn’t have it. The haves and the have nots.

Sound familiar yet?

Yes, I’ll say it. Communism. The kind of communism Marx talked about and manifested itself in the corpses of 100 million people in the 20th century. Marxism is all property being publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

Sounds too much like social justice equity to me.

Those systems, whether you call it social justice, communism or socialism claim the right to this equity, where the government controls people, and business, and everything is dictated. Terror is an instrument of that system, that policy. Think Cancel Culture. Rioting, destruction, and violence should never be right in civil discourse.

We have no future as a nation if we are not willing to secure our culture, our American values: our Constitution, real justice, limited government, mercy, community, and respect for the rights of the individual, not simply his or her current convenient identity.

This is a fight for both faith and freedom over the vision of imperfect manipulators, the side hustle most social justice demagogues possess and protect.

Freedom is a gift from God, cannot be taken away, and is needed for all our souls. We are not free because Man says so, it is because we are “Imbued by the Creator with unalienable rights.” Government cannot take that away. But ideology might try like hell to do so.

If faith dies, we all die.

When men are more important than God, cages will replace freedom.

Freedom requires personal equity, personal responsibility, and a constant personal commitment to do our best and push down the worst of man’s sinful nature: wrath, greed, envy, lust, gluttony, sloth and pride. Yes, pride is the worst. It manifests itself in the preening moral superiority the self-righteous flaunt without shame.

Look at the coward who throws bricks at cops. One person with a rock can decimate the righteousness of a thousand peaceful people. Want social justice? Take responsibility and weed out the violent, the chaos driven “few” as is said, who have no better nature, who care nothing for you or anyone’s lives, and could care less about justice.

Remember Occupy Wall Street? Same group of disaffected morons are ruining beautiful American cities, who want change for its own sake, abject chaos, and have no reliable plan except “burn it down.”

No, thanks. I have seen their vision of peace and equality and I will not buy into it.

Respect God and reach for His hand.

I know what social justice is not… It is not letting a few reorganize our destiny. It is not about economics, but it is about money. It is not about equality but about redistribution of wealth and resources without just compensation. Right now social justice shows no restraint.

The most vocal will never be satisfied until all our institutions are reduced to rubble.

Throughout history many people have suffered more than others and sadly will continue to do so. We should expect more from each other in decency and respect. Our ability to live our lives is dependent on the good judgment and rational action of others. We must respect not just differences, but our similar values, the real soul of the person as an individual and as part of a great nation.

So what should social justice be? Opportunity for education decided by parents, not a union. Cooperation and respect and allowance for differences. The ability to contract on our own without government interference. To seek legal recourse and be afforded an impartial process that couples accountability with mercy to the contrite. This is a partial and not exhaustive list but I think you get the point.

What is going on right now, breathlessly reported as civil but clearly immoral by a greedy media, is a fight that began as a side show during the first World War.

Communism, the Karl Marx kind, became a reality during the Russian Revolution, and by the time the Second World War ended, two new super-powers sat atop the world stage: The Soviet Union and the United States of America. One that millions risked their lives to leave, the other that millions risked their lives to enter.

One was godless, the other afforded the freedom to choose your faith and your destiny.

This battle today is about choosing God or Man, a reason to live and a reason to die. Communism or freedom. And one or the other will be destroyed.

How much of our freedom are we willing to give up to roll over for the totalitarianism of communism disguised as social justice?

We’re going to find out.

I recently picked up, after a 40 year hiatus, “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers (1952), a former Communist operative embedded in the US Government of the 1930s. Do your own googling, but the Forward to this fascinating account is a letter to his children. It is American literature at its best, not quite on the level of the Gettysburg Address or Letter from a Birmingham Jail, but exceptional in all respects.

And it is prescient almost 70 years later.

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