Jay Ambrose: The progressive war on equality

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Mighty mistakes from such stunted attitudes grow. And while you might say that you've never heard liberal politicians talk like that, large numbers of them definitely act like that that even as they avoid the sneering, haughty outlandishness of celebrity liberals seeking attention instead of votes.

Michael Moore, the maker of documentaries lucky to get a single fact straight, once said we were "the dumbest people on the planet," that our "stupidity is embarrassing" and even wrote a book called "Stupid White Men . . . And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation." Actually, the book did prove that some slow-witted folks are out there. It made the best-seller list, but wait, so did "Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man" by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke.

Then you come to Bill Maher, the TV comedian who doesn't rattle on just a little about American stupidity, but rattles on to the point of inanity about American stupidity. I happen to agree that a great many Americans are ill-informed, but I also think they are often the ones that vote for left-wing Democrats and that Maher himself is sometimes more than a little misinformed. He is one of those who totally missed the truth about Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare fix, confusing the amount the government would pay for insurance policies down the road with the amount of health care the policy would cover.

On his TV show, Maher calls on celebrities to chip in. One was guest David Carr, a liberal New York Times columnist who used the phrase "low-sloping foreheads" to refer to Midwesterners.

Progressive politicians would never use such language, but many of them do endorse policies that assume vast incompetence among the inferior, unreliable, hopeless masses. If they did not think like that, they would not employ measures that clearly aim to make not just a few decisions for a few of us, but endless decisions for just about everyone of us.

To address income inequality -- and forgetting about equal rights, equal human worth and equality in the way we regard each other -- many progressives are gearing up to intervene hurtfully all over again, aiming, for instance, to tell businesses how much they can afford to pay employees when they cannot possibly know and thereby costing many of those employees working hours if not their jobs.

A real problem making us less equal in outcome is fatherless homes that contribute mightily to more school dropouts, more crime, more poverty. It's in part a matter of welfare programs that put wrong incentive in place but is also a sociocultural issue that calls for moral leadership. Despite my criticisms, I do recognize some special liberals out there, including one with a well-known name: Oprah Winfrey.

I caught her on a TV show with the pastor T.D. Jakes making powerful pleas for fathers to do the right thing by their children. We need more of that sort of thing.

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