Graduation season: when celebrations, barbecue, and the sudden weight of reality shatters blurry illusions of (mostly unreal) expectations. Commencement speeches are largely inspiring, promising if you work hard in accordance with reality, you too might be prosperous. Especially if you passed the Gender Studies hall and marched over to Petroleum Engineering. Hey, some students choose oil flow, others choose menstrual flow. Guess which one earns more cha-ching.
Hope is all around unless your commencement speaker is useless gas bag Bernie Sanders (see Betsy DeVos Spanks Bernie Sanders: “Nothing in Life is Free…” and Dear Bernie Sanders Supporters: Time to Start Taking Care of Yourselves…). In which case prepare thy prozac.
"The only real response we can make is to…reclaim American democracy and create a government that works for all of us," Sanders says pic.twitter.com/XF2Ub6bZxl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 30, 2017
Nothings says “graduation” like an extensive discussion of politics and doomsday references.
In other words, the very, very rich are getting richer, and they get tax breaks. The working class and the middle class are struggling and they are seeing drastic cuts. Life and death programs that could mean survival or not survival for those families.
Bernie Sanders took the “commencement speeches are about possibility and potential!” then bitch-slapped it like an angry Islamist served pepperoni. Those diplomas? They should have received them for free. Their careers? The rich have better ones. Being successful? Nein, they are victims of the system.
So these very serious crises, it seems to me like we have two choices. First, we can throw up our hands in despair. We can say the system is rigged, I am not going to get involved… but it is wrong, because the issues that we deal with today… not only impact your lives, they impact the lives of future generations and you do not have the moral right to turn your back on saving this planet and saving future generations.
The only real response we can make is to… reclaim American democracy and create a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent.
So after four years of mostly studying to be something meaningful and better (I must believe many college students are not whining, social justice twits) here comes Bernie to lament how the system is rigged against them. Take that little glowing candle of hope inside you and hire a Russian prostitute to tinkle upon it, students. The country is for the one percent, and all ye who live underneath them are doomed to lives of squalor and reruns of Desperate Housewives.
Such is the Democrat and leftist message: you are nothing without government. Support government, grow government, or suffer under the authoritarian rule of the tricky one percent.
Contrast Bernie’s message with the conservative one: you are capable of taking care of yourself. More than that, if you hone a marketable skill and work hard, you can not only care for yourself, you can be prosperous. Without government. In fact government largely stands in your way of success. Because if you’re successful without government, you’ll prove how much you didn’t need it after all.
Which message would you prefer?