School Bleachers Torn Down Because They Weren’t “Equal”
The end of freedom comes by mandating equality. Here’s a perfect example. Note the name of the school, the Plymouth Wildcats, it will become important later:
“A new set of seating is being torn down outside the Plymouth Wildcats varsity boys’ baseball field, not long before the season begins, because the fields for boys’ and girls’ athletics must be equal.
“A group of parents raised money for a raised seating deck by the field, as it was hard to see the games through a chain-link fence. The parents even did the installation themselves, and also paid for a new scoreboard.
“But, after a complaint, the U.S Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the new addition and says it must be torn down. It says the facility was no longer equal to the girls’ softball field next door, which has old bleachers and an old scoreboard.”
Rabbi Daniel Lappin has said, “For those seeking to increase tyranny and totalitarianism, fairness and equality [are] a great thing to work people up about, because you essentially get a population — particularly a docile population — to agree to almost anything in the name of equality and fairness.”
It’s easy to create an equal and fair society. Force everybody to put all their property in a single place to be equally distributed to the group no matter the industriousness or lack thereof of anybody in the group. In time, everybody will be equal. In time, everybody will be equally poor.
Forcing equality creates mediocrity and a disincentive to be industrious and creative.
The fiction of equality has to be maintained. We’ve seen it before.
Korea is one of the most equal countries in the world. It’s also one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Pilgrims tried equality for a time. They should have known better given the fact that the Bible is opposed to equality except when it comes to equality before the law and equal (just) “weights and measures” (Lev. 19:36; Deut. 25:15; Prov. 11:1).
William Bradford (c. 1590–c.1657), the acting governor of Plymouth Colony, wrote the following in Of Plymouth Plantation, his first-hand history of the period and their attempts to establish a thriving settlement in a harsh and unfamiliar environment:
“The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years . . . that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God.
“For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without [being paid] that was thought injustice.
“This [free enterprise] had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.”
“It made all hands industrious.” That’s the key.
What signal does the unequal bleacher story—“bleacher-envy”—give to the softball players? Sports like softball used to be competitive. Now it seems that all a team has to do is whine that the competition is too great. Let’s make the teams equal. That way it will be “fair.”
I say discard “bleacher envy” and out-fund raise the boy’s baseball team and build better bleachers. Show some initiative. Get the girls involved.
Life’s not fair, and that’s what makes it great. Competition has made our world better. The sooner these girls learn this lesson, the sooner life will be easier for them.