Here are the first five definitions of the word “fair” as found in the online Dictionary.com website:
[fair] adjective, fair·er, fair·est, adverb, fair·er, fair·est, noun, verb
1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
2. legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.
3. moderately large; ample: a fair income.
4. neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.
5. marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
Here are the definitions for “equitable”:
1. characterized by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable: equitable treatment of all citizens.
2. Law .
a. pertaining to or valid in equity.
b. pertaining to the system of equity, as distinguished from the common law.
So, we have “free from bias, dishonesty and injustice” and “characterized by equity or fairness;just and right; fair; reasonable”
Now, how many people feel that “fair and equitable” is a phrase that should be used to describe the desired treatment of all citizens of the United States? OK, it doesn’t matter if you raise your hand since I can’t see you anyway (not yet – but I hear the technology is coming soon…). The important thing is that you believe that “fair and equitable” is something that SHOULD be applied to everyone in terms of law, in terms of serviceability, in terms of societal responsibility. “Fair and equitable” means we are all treated equally.
So, since I’ve defined the phrase for you in plain terms that anyone can understand, can someone tell me what is “fair and equitable” about a health care insurance system where Viagra is a covered expense but oral contraception is not?
How about a criminal justice system where an unarmed black teenager is shot dead on the street by an armed white civilian and the police don’t even consider arresting the shooter (I mean seriously – even if the shooter WAS attacked by the teen, it did NOT justify the use of deadly force, look up the legal definition if you must)?
It’s ok – I know, even though I can’t hear you either (not yet – but…well, you know) I also know the silence is deafening.
It isn’t fair and equitable.
And you all damn well know it.
So there is really nothing to discuss, is there? Either oral contraception is made to be covered by insurance or all you impotent rich white guys will have to fund your own supply of little blue pills.
And either the shooter gets arrested for manslaughter or you'd better not bother the black guy who shoots an unarmed white kid who “attacked him”.