Social Justice – The Latest Impossible Dream

by Oletta Branstiter

To dream … the impossible dream …

To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star …

This is my quest, to follow that star …
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far …
To fight for the right, without question or pause …
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause …

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
when I’m laid to my rest …
And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach … the unreachable star …

 From “Man Of La Mancha”  Lyrics by Joe Darion

 

 Don Quixote was mad. I don’t mean he was angry at social injustice. He was crazy. And the saddest part of his quest was what he missed by spending his life striving for the unattainable. He could have dreamed a possible dream and fulfilled it. He could have identified a beatable foe and became the victor. Instead, he tilted at windmills and we continue to laugh at his buffoonery.

There are still some who continue to dream impossible dreams and demand that we all do the same – no matter how hopeless, no matter how far-fetched.

During the past few decades, the impossible dream has been to Save the Earth! For at least a decade, school curriculum was heavy on guilt and light on common sense. Who does that? Who decides that children need to fight an unbeatable foe?! Even children know that they don’t have the power to Save the Earth. School-sponsored recycling projects just reinforce the absurdity of such a challenge.

Now we know why this campaign was waged against our children: to indoctrinate them to disparage capitalistic activities that seek to maximize the availability of natural resources.

Instead of learning how to capitalize on the wise use of environmental riches that promote sustainable jobs and national sovereignty, they grew up to realize that they will always fall short of saving the earth, given the constant evolution of looming disasters embodied in Climate Change that requires only the prosperous nations to reduce their carbon footprints.

Guilt-ridden citizens are easily manipulated.

Millennials can attempt to soothe the burden of failure by driving electric cars without having to grapple with the irony that electricity is powered by “dirty coal”, or the scientific fact that humans breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide while plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. With a growing population, maybe a “greenhouse effect” is exactly what we need.

Today the battle cry is “Social Justice”! Very trendy.   Never mind that it is yet another impossible dream.

It’s the Utopian idea that no one should be poor (difficult to achieve when the definition of “poor” keeps changing).

The word justice means “the administration of the law”. Unless one is willing to legislate one wage and lifestyle for every person, social justice is truly an “unrightable wrong”.  And who determines the “living wage”? It’s not like this hasn’t been tried before.

“Social Justice” is just the latest euphemism for Socialism.

This is the impossible dream that promises “security” at the expense of liberty. It’s a lovely picture in the mind until someone snaps some photos of the unemployed standing in bread lines while the elite overseers dine on caviar in their mansions. Because you see, there will always be administrators of this “social justice”, and the less the common people share, the more the administrators get to enjoy. (Venezuela, anyone?)
The greatest victim of this latest campaign is real justice. While our government promotes and incites class warfare and stifles business growth with exponential and burdensome regulations, opportunities to encourage free market solutions to “lift all boats” are squandered and even punished.

Instead of tilting at windmills of endless distraction, let’s strive to make Liberty our “glorious quest”.

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