An opportunity is an opened door, not a handout

I have found when people complain about something not being fair they are really saying they want more favorable consideration for themselves.  Fairness does not exist in life. If you want fair look in the dictionary as it’s the only place you’ll find it.

America prides itself as the Land of Opportunity.  This is true regardless of how the Liberal media tries to convince us otherwise. There is one small caveat I would add.  Everyone deserves a fair chance at having an opportunity but that does not mean people need to be handed the keys to the kingdom.

Let me explain.  All I ever ask for is a fair shot at an opportunity.  I do not want it handed to me because I’m white, Italian, middle-aged, or any other demographic factor society deems appropriate to represent a given workforce. But if I have the proper qualifications for a job I just want the opportunity to apply for it.

Liberals feel otherwise. They believe they are doing justice by “equalizing” the field and demanding a certain quota of whatever race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation they feel appropriate.  In theory that is an admirable idea but one doomed to fail because you cannot legislate fair.

It’s impossible. I like the idea of an equal playing field but I want it equal in terms of everyone has a chance to apply.  The irony is the minute you start handing people something you immediately make it unfair for those that did not get the same treatment.

Liberals would say that is fair because those groups receiving preferential treatment had to contend with institutional bias in the past.  The fact is every immigrant group that came to America faced the same issues.  We just don’t incessantly whine about it and look for others to give us something rather than earn it.

I want the most qualified person to have the position.   I understand the argument that underprivileged people or minorities do not have the same level of access to education or additional means to help acquire the required qualifications.

But they have the opportunity to educate themselves via the public school system the unions rave about. They have the opportunity to break the cycle of dependence if they make the decision to better themselves.  They have the opportunity to not join a gang and take a job “that no one wants.” I presume those jobs exist which is the idiot Republican view of why they won’t stop illegal immigration.

In the bottom of the ninth inning with the game on the line and the pitcher due up, would you send your slugger up to pinch hit or be fair and “give” the pitcher the at bat? Do football teams insist the offensive line be representative of the racial makeup of the city or do they want the biggest guys that can block?  Do NBA teams have racial quotas?  In a youth sport league when choosing an all-star team, do the coaches pick the kid that can’t throw or the one who throws hard?

Why is it to use the best available person regardless of age, sex, color, or ethnicity OK in sports but not in life?

A fair shot in America should not mean a handout.  It should mean an opportunity to an opened door.  But the person must still walk through that open door and earn the right to succeed based on her or his own merit.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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1 Response to An opportunity is an opened door, not a handout

  1. Jerry Tobin says:

    Great article!

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