Kim Kardashian-West’s recent posts about her private island vacation enraged the Cancel America faction. The millionaire TV star decided to get away from the Covid-19 craziness for a 40th birthday party. After ensuring that she and her 100 guests had quarantined and tested negative, Kardashian-West hosted “a trip to a private island where [my inner circle] could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.”
Social media users railed against Kardashian-West’s use of her money, harping on how miserable their lives were by comparison. They cried that the rich should have higher taxes, and implied that those with more owe them money. But in America, that’s not how it works. If we believe that America is Good, we respect everyone’s right to spend on anything that is ethical and legal.
We also support the rich using their influence to do good. Kardashian-West has been slammed for working with President Trump on prison sentence reform. While she’s out making a difference in the broken prison system, her critics can only focus on her collaboration with someone they hate. They don’t care that Kardashian-West has helped free well-behaved inmates who couldn’t get parole on life sentences for non-violent crimes.
Kardashian-West has done more good for people in working with Trump than her critics ever could. Banning her from choosing good things for herself and the people she cares for isn’t up to them. It’s her right, and the right of all Americans, to have the freedom to use our money as we want. Those who want to Cancel America want to take away Kardashian-West’s money under the guise of “generosity.” We think the word they’re really looking for is “envy.” But those who believe America is Good won’t get stuck arguing over Kardashian-West’s island vacation, because we value individual freedom and happiness.