+1. That is the American Promise: equality of opportunity. As TJ put it in his rough draft of the Declaration of Independence:
Originally Posted by Peerie Maa
We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable,that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; ... it is the right of the people to ... institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles & organising it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness.
Equality of opportunity, of course, doesn't conflict with "freedom", unless by "freedom" one means not being bound by the social contract that ties a community or nation together. Of course, a lot of the people arguing that the government is trying to take their freedom away by improving health care mean exactly that.