A week after President Obama told graduates that they achieved their success through luck, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave a commencement speech that will send Hillsdale College students into the world with a sense of empowerment. And perhaps more importantly, Thomas told the graduating class that they should feel no shame in pursuing a good life.
“I resist what seems to be some formulaic or standard fare at commencement exercises, some broad complaint about societal injustice and at least one exhortation to the young graduates to go out and solve the stated problem or otherwise to change the world,” he said. “Having been where you are, I think it is hard enough for you to solve your own problems, not to mention those problems that often seem to defy solution. In addressing your own obligations and responsibilities in the right way, you actually help to ensure our liberty and our form of government.”
Thomas said that by choosing to become reliable, good citizens, graduates were doing more to “preserve liberty” than all the activists put together.
“As you go through life, try to be that person whose actions teach others how to be better people and better citizens,” he said.
This commonsense advice, of course, sounds impossibly old-fashioned and shortsighted to liberals. They hear stuff like this and accuse conservatives of selfishness. How can you go out and earn a bunch of money when transgender citizens can’t use the bathroom of their choice? How crude! How miserly! How ignorant!
They don’t seem to understand that it is only because of Americans who choose to work hard and keep the economy growing that they can devote all their time to social activism. Remember in the 1960s, when all the hippies converged on San Francisco to speak out against the evil capitalist empire? None of them seemed to realize that if it weren’t for that capitalist empire, they wouldn’t be able to lounge about and make tie-dye shirts.
Nor do they understand that to help others, you have to first help yourself. The last thing a drowning victim needs is a hero who can’t swim. Okay, you want to go out and change the world. Wonderful. Before you go, though, do you think you might want to find a job? Buy a car? Make sure that you can support yourself financially?
Many of today’s dreamy millennial liberals don’t have any use for those practical concerns, though. If they can’t go down in the history books, they don’t care about anything else. So while they’re out there hoisting signs and printing leaflets, the rest of us have to subsidize their sloth with actual productivity.
And worst of all, they are encouraged to pursue this empty lifestyle by the president of the United States.