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Dick Cheney is the happiest man in America.

Posted by sanityinjection on May 18, 2009

Another scientific survey of critical importance has just been released by the Pew Research Center – which, thank God, is not a taxpayer-supported organization.

Yes, the good folks at Pew have done a comprehensive survey of happiness – who is happy, how happy are they, and are some people happier than others? Their findings: older people are happier than young people, males are happier than females, and Republicans are happier than Democrats. So an older, male Republican would be the most likely demographic to have a high level of happiness.

Of course, you know what this means. When the liberals find out that there is is a “happiness gap”, they will demand that those with excess happiness must share with those who are happiness-deprived. The government will soon establish “happy action” programs with “happy quotas” to make sure that young Democrat women receive a proportionate amount of happiness, and poor George Bush Senior is going to have to learn to live a less happy lifestyle.

Yes, there is a point to this silliness. The metaphor demonstrates the folly of the liberal conflation of equality of opportunity with equality of result. Look at the Supreme Court, for example. We are hearing that the next Supreme Court justice must be a woman, or a Hispanic, or pick your minority. Isn’t it more important to pick a jurist who will consider female or Hispanic or minority appellants and issues with an open and fair mind, rather than one who simply shares their biological traits? To put it another way, does Clarence Thomas represent a victory for diversity? John Paul Stevens is an old white male, but based on his record, can liberals argue that he is less sympathetic to minorities than a black woman would be?  How can you fight inequality based on race or gender if the primary way in which you classify people is by reducing them to their race or gender?

Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that he dreamed of a world in which his children would be judged not “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” In other words, he hoped that one day skin color would attract no more notice than whether someone is tall or short, thin or heavy, etc.  – a “color blind” society. Racial and gender preferences and quotas designed to make institutions “look like America” not only fail to move us closer to a color-blind society, they actually drag us backward by forcing us to view these differences as significant. In doing so, they would substitute equality of result for a few in place of the greater goal of equality of opportunity for all. And that’s a shame.


3 Responses to “Dick Cheney is the happiest man in America.”

  1. sanityinjection said

    Here’s a related note. Pittburgh Steelers player James Harrison is refusing to join his team in coming to the White House to meet President Obama:,163886

    Harrison’s reason is stupid and has nothing to do with politics, but I mention it because Harrison is black, and President Obama is black. Apparently, Harrison doesn’t feel that Obama being the first black President is a milestone of tremendous importance that should overcome his lack of interest in visiting the White House. So in fact, Harrison, even in his juvenile nonsense, is unwittingly upholding Dr. King’s vision of a color-blind society. And so is the blogger who wrote the article, who doesn’t seem to think there’s a racial angle either.

    Fortunately, liberals don’t seem to pay too much attention to professional sports, or we’d already be faced with demands for affirmative action programs for Asian football players and black hockey players. And privately, even liberals admit that women’s professional basketball is unwatchable. But hey, it’s a free country.

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