On #OccupyWallStreet
Oct 20, 2011 | 5048 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

What better place to demand the redistribution of wealth than on Wall Street? When the occupiers were asked, most could not explain their grievances, why they were there, who will determine whose wealth requires redistributing, who will do the confiscating, and who will do the equalizing.

The premise for the redistribution of wealth is unconstitutional and immoral. Indeed, the Declaration of Independence declares that human beings are "created equal...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." However, the Founding Fathers were cognizant of the nature of man and were not so presumptuous as to prescribe equal outcomes. All that is guaranteed are "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Human nature dictates and reasonable persons of sound mind expect a variety of outcomes. Not all possess the skills and acumen of Bill Gates or Donald Trump. Is it compassionate and just to redistribute their wealth and punish them for their success? If the wealth of the world were distributed equally to every person in the world, within days there would again be rich and poor.

Once a claim on property is permitted and sanctioned, however small and seemingly insignificant, the sanctity of private property has been abrogated and the amount to be confiscated will be determined by the mob in charge.


Ed Konecnik


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