I am impressed by the beauty of the U.S. flag on the “Forever” stamps. “Freedom,” “liberty,” “equality” and “justice” each has its own stamp in this series, and each of these principles is equally revered and honored by the U.S. Postal Service. But may I offer the opinion that “equality” does not belong among these principles?
My wife and I spent a week in Cuba in January. We were privileged to visit schools, medical clinics, nursing homes and to interact with many locals. Cuba has been ruled by dictatorial governments for many decades, with the Castro regime only the latest of these. Under Castro’s brand of totalitarian socialism, Cuba has embraced the principle of equality for two generations. The result has been nothing less than disastrous.
In Cuba, all people are completely “equal.” Their social status is “equal,” they get paid the same (within a narrow range of government pay levels), they receive the same government benefits, etc.
Current-day Cuba is a decaying, deteriorating, destructing country after 50 years of socialism. Cubans of every level live with terrible overcrowding, minimal food availability and suffocating poverty. The entire economy is a disaster. Only the support of the Soviet Union, and now China and Venezuela, has kept the economy afloat. Unemployment is high, wages are kept at subsistence levels, and many Cuban people openly admit that their system is not working. Yet, the one principle that still holds true in Cuba is “equality,” and at an enormous cost to that society.
My hope is that Americans will realize that the “equality” that our Founding Fathers hoped to provide for us in America is “equality of opportunity” and “equality under the law,” but nothing else. Perhaps the Postal Service should change our stamps to read “Equality Under Law” or “Equality of Opportunity.”
Keith F. Kraemer