As a storm-delayed Republican National Convention begins in earnest today, we hope the GOP acknowledges the social storms brewing in America.
The party's unofficial motto in recent months has been "Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome."
The implicit charge in the slogan is that Democrats have embraced a socialist goal of equal outcomes for all Americans.
We hope that Republicans will use the slogan not merely as a way to bash opponents but as a call for national reform.
The fact is that America is nowhere close to enjoying equality of opportunity. A growing segment of our population is trapped in generational poverty, while a much smaller segment enjoys the privilege of generational wealth.
Public education — once a cornerstone of America's commitment to equal opportunity — is under attack. An expanding class of poor Americans increasingly struggle to find safe housing, adequate nutrition and minimal health care. By hacking away at the safety net, elected officials are destroying the equal opportunity for capitalist success they claim to celebrate.
Our hope for the Republican National Convention is that candidates will take a break from calling their opponents socialists, and instead focus on the need to bridge the opportunity gap that increasingly separates Americans.
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