“The Founders of this nation valued equality.”
You’re slurring your words again. The Framers valued equal rights. They did not value equal outcomes, because they knew such was not within the power of government to deliver. This debate is occuring because the traditional definition of “equality” is “equal outcome”; the current definition in vogue is that it means “equal rights”. Svetlana reacted to this because, I suppose, that the former Soviet Constitution emphasized “equality” in its traditional definition, not its current one; and thus the word means something different to her than it does to you.
They were not communists.
No shit, sherlock. They were classical liberals. They believed in equal rights, equal opportunities, and free markets that deliver prosperity. They did not believe in delivering equal outcomes by government fiat.
Words have meaning.
That’s exactly why this debate is occurring. You’re screwing with the traditional definition of the term. Equality means that a condition of sameness exists between people. All have the same wealth, house, food, wine, etc. IOW, “equal outcomes”.
You know damn well that’s not possible. Let it go.