This post is probably politically incorrect. I’m more worried about it being factually correct. We hear a lot about social justice these days. The president and those close to him seem to think that social justice means the government takes money that you earned away from you, and then gives it to someone that they deem to have experienced social injustice. In a radio interview that President Obama did when he was an Illinois legislator he complained that the civil rights movement didn’t do enough regarding redistribution of wealth. That is his idea of social justice. I think that is fake social justice. What is real social justice? Here are some of my ideas about what real social justice is:
-Thousands upon thousands of brave soldiers in WWII risking their lives to liberate Europe from the oppression of Hitler. That was an act of social justice.
-Parents taking responsibility for their children and diligently teaching them right from wrong so that they become productive, responsible citizens that contribute to the betterment of society-that is social justice.
-Everyone respecting the sanctity of human life from conception until death-that is social justice.
-As Martin Luther King, Jr. put it: people being judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin-that is social justice.
-Loving your neighbor as you love yourself-that is social justice.
The government’s idea of social justice is simply a politically correct way of accomplishing income redistribution on a model that reminds me a lot of socialism. It also reminds me a lot of extortion. Let’s not get fake social justice confused with real social justice. I’ll bet you can think of other examples of real social justice. If you can, we’d love to hear from you.