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Subject: Kinda long, but good reading....... and sensible! Too bad this speech wasn't delivered to the freshman class.....so they could marinate in it's words during their undergraduate years...... Personal opinion, of course.

>
> It is the season of commencement speeches. Many are boringly
> predictable. Neal Boortz, a Texan, lawyer, Texas Aggie, now nationally
> syndicated talk show host from Atlanta is an exception. Agree or not you
> will find his views thought provoking.
>
> NOTE: It would have been particularly entertaining to have witnessed the faculty's reaction..
>
> Neal Boortz Commencement Address
>
> I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion.
> It's about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you;
> you'll have enough smoke blown your way today. And you can bet your
> tassels I'm not here to impress the faculty and administration.
>
> You may not like much of what I have to say, and that's fine. You will
> remember it though. Especially after about 10 years out there in the
> real world. This, it goes without saying, does not apply to those of you
> who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees.
>
> This gowned gaggle behind me is your faculty. You've heard the old
> saying that those who can - do. Those who can't - teach. That sounds
> deliciously insensitive. But there is often raw truth in insensitivity,
> just as you often find feel-good falsehoods and lies in compassion. Say
> good-bye to your faculty because now you are getting ready to go out
> there and do. These folks behind me are going to stay right here and
> teach.
>
> By the way, just because you are leaving this place with a diploma
> doesn't mean the learning is over. When an FAA flight examiner handed me
> my private pilot's license many years ago, he said, 'Here, this is your
> ticket to learn.' The same can be said for your diploma. Believe me, the
> learning has just begun.
>
> Now, I realize that most of you consider yourselves Liberals. In fact,
> you are probably very proud of your liberal views. You care so much. You
> feel so much. You want to help so much. After all, you're a
> compassionate and caring person, aren't you now? Well, isn't that just
> so extraordinarily special. Now, at this age, is as good a time as any
> to be a Liberal; as good a time as any to know absolutely everything.
> You have plenty of time, starting tomorrow, for the truth to set in.
> Over the next few years, as you begin to feel the cold breath of reality
> down your neck, things are going to start changing pretty fast ..
> including your own assessment of just how much you really know.
>
> So here are the first assignments for your initial class in reality: Pay
> attention to the news, read newspapers, and listen to the words and
> phrases that proud Liberals use to promote their causes. Then compare
> the words of the left to the words and phrases you hear from those evil,
> heartless, greedy conservatives. From the Left you will hear "I feel."
> >From the Right you will hear "I think." From the Liberals you will hear
> references to groups --The Blacks, The Poor, The Rich, The
> Disadvantaged, The Less Fortunate. From the Right you will hear
> references to individuals. On the Left you hear talk of group rights; on
> the Right, individual rights.
>
> That about sums it up, really: Liberals feel. Liberals care. They are
> pack animals whose identity is tied up in group dynamics. Conservatives
> and Libertarians think -- and, setting aside the theocracy crowd, their
> identity is centered on the individual.
>
> Liberals feel that their favored groups, have enforceable rights to the
> property and services of productive individuals. Conservatives (and
> Libertarians, myself among them I might add) think that individuals have
> the right to protect their lives and their property from the plunder of
> the masses.
>
> In college you developed a group mentality, but if you look closely at
> your diplomas you will see that they have your individual names on them.
> Not the name of your school mascot, or of your fraternity or sorority,
> but your name. Your group identity is going away. Your recognition and
> appreciation of your individual identity starts now.
>
> If, by the time you reach the age of 30, you do not consider yourself to
> be a libertarian or a conservative, rush right back here as quickly as
> you can and apply for a faculty position. These people will welcome you
> with open arms. They will welcome you, that is, so long as you haven't
> developed an individual identity. Once again you will have to be willing
> to sign on to the group mentality you embraced during the past four
> years.
>
> Something is going to happen soon that is going to really open your
> eyes. You're going to actually get a full time job! You're also going to
> get a lifelong work partner. This partner isn't going to help you do
> your job. This partner is just going to sit back and wait for payday.
> This partner doesn't want to share in your effort, only you're earnings.
>
> Your new lifelong partner is actually an agent. An agent representing a
> strange and diverse group of people. An agent for every teenager with an
> illegitimate child. An agent for a research scientist who wanted to make
> some cash answering the age-old question of why monkeys grind their
> teeth. An agent for some poor demented hippie who considers herself to
> be a meaningful and talented artist ... but who just can't manage to
> sell any of her artwork on the open market.
>
> Your new partner is an agent for every person with limited, if any, job
> skills ... but who wanted a job at City Hall. An agent for tin-horn
> dictators in fancy military uniforms grasping for American foreign aid.
> An agent for multi-million-dollar companies who want someone else to pay
> for their overseas advertising. An agent for everybody who wants to use
> the unimaginable power of this agent's for their personal enrichment and
> benefit.
>
> That agent is our wonderful, caring, compassionate, oppressive
> government. Believe me, you will be awed by the unimaginable power this
> agent has. Power that you do not have. A power that no individual has,
> or will have. This agent has the legal power to use deadly force to
> accomplish its goals.
>
> You have no choice here. Your new friend is just going to walk up to
> you, introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out,
> and move right on in. Say hello to your own personal one ton gorilla. It
> will sleep anywhere it wants to.
>
> Now, let me tell you, this agent is not cheap. As you become successful
> it will seize about 40% of everything you earn. And no, I'm sorry, there
> just isn't any way you can fire this agent of plunder, and you can't
> decrease it's share of your income. That power rests with him, not you.
>
> So, here I am saying negative things to you about government. Well, be
> clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government. It is not wrong
> to fear government. In certain cases it is not even wrong to despise
> government for government is inherently evil. Yes ... a necessary evil,
> but dangerous nonetheless ... somewhat like a drug. Just as a drug that
> in the proper dosage can save your life, an overdose of government can
> be fatal.
>
> Now let's address a few things that have been crammed into your minds at
> this university. There are some ideas you need to expunge as soon as
> possible. These ideas may work well in academic environment, but they
> fail miserably out there in the real world.
>
>
> First that favorite buzz word of the media, government and academia:
> Diversity! You have been taught that the real value of any group of
> people - be it a social group, an employee group, a management group,
> whatever - is based on diversity. This is a favored liberal ideal
> because diversity is based not on an individual's abilities or
> character, but on a person's identity and status as a member of a group.
> Yes it's that liberal group identity thing again.
>
> Within the great diversity movement group identification - be it racial,
> gender based, or some other minority status - means more than the
> individual's integrity, character or other qualifications.
>
> Brace yourself. You are about to move from this academic atmosphere
> where diversity rules, to a workplace and a culture where individual
> achievement and excellence actually count. No matter what your
> professors have taught you over the last four years, you are about to
> learn that diversity is absolutely no replacement for excellence,
> ability, and individual hard work. >From this day on every single time
> you hear the word "diversity" you can rest assured that there is someone
> close by who is determined to rob you of every vestige of
> individuality you possess.
>
> We also need to address this thing you seem to have about "rights." We
> have witnessed an obscene explosion of so-called "rights" in the last
> few decades, usually emanating from college campuses.
>
> You know the mantra: You have the right to a job. The right to a place
> to live. The right to a living wage. The right to health care. The right
> to an education. You probably even have your own pet right - the right
> to a Beemer, for instance, or the right to have someone else provide for
> that child you plan on downloading in a year or so.
>
> Forget it. Forget those rights! I'll tell you what your rights are! You
> have a right to live free, and to the results of your labor. I'll also
> tell you have no right to any portion of the life or labor of another.
>
> You may, for instance, think that you have a right to health care. After
> all, Hillary said so, didn't she? But you cannot receive health care
> unless some doctor or health practitioner surrenders some of his time -
> his life - to you. He may be willing to do this for compensation, but
> that's his choice. You have no "right" to his time or property. You have
> no right to his or any other person's life or to any portion thereof.
>
> You may also think you have some "right" to a job; a job with a living
> wage, whatever that is. Do you mean to tell me that you have a right to
> force your services on another person, and then the right to demand that
> this person compensate you with their money? Sorry, forget it. I am sure
> you would scream if some urban outdoorsmen (that would be "homeless
> person" for those of you who don't want to give these less fortunate
> people a romantic and adventurous title) came to you and demanded his
> job and your money.
>
> The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are
> simply exercising one of theirs - the right to be imbeciles. Their being
> imbeciles didn't cost anyone else either property or time. It's their
> right, and they exercise it brilliantly.
>
> By the way, did you catch my use of the phrase "less fortunate" a bit
> ago when I was talking about the urban outdoorsmen? That phrase is a
> favorite of the Left. Think about it, and you'll understand why.
>
> To imply that one person is homeless, destitute, dirty, drunk, spaced
> out on drugs, unemployable, and generally miserable because he is "less
> fortunate" is to imply that a successful person - one with a job, a home
> and a future - is in that position because he or she was "fortunate."
> The dictionary says that fortunate means "having derived good from an
> unexpected place." There is nothing unexpected about deriving good from
> hard work. There is also nothing unexpected about deriving misery from
> choosing drugs, alcohol, and the street.
>
> If the Left can create the common perception that success and failure
> are simple matters of "fortune" or "luck," then it is easy to promote
> and justify their various income redistribution schemes. After all, we
> are just evening out the odds a little bit.
>
> This "success equals luck" idea the liberals like to push is seen
> everywhere. Democratic presidential candidate Richard Gephardt refers to
> high-achievers as "people who have won life's lottery." He wants you to
> believe they are making the big bucks because they are lucky.
>
> It's not luck, my friends. It's choice. One of the greatest lessons I
> ever learned was in a book by Og Mandino, entitled "The Greatest Secret
> in the World." The lesson? Very simple: "Use wisely your power of
> choice."
>
> That bum sitting on a heating grate, smelling like a wharf rat? He's
> there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the choices he
> has made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest thing for
> some people to accept, especially those who consider themselves to be
> victims of something or other - victims of discrimination, bad luck, the
> system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really wants to accept
> the blame for his or her position in life. Not when it is so much easier
> to point and say, "Look! He did this to me!" than it is to look into a
> mirror and say, "You S.O.B.! You did this to me!"
>
> The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact
> that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to
> either success or failure, however you define those terms.
>
> Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school.
> Whether or not to get pregnant. Whether or not to hit the bottle.
> Whether or not to keep this job you hate until you get another
> better-paying job. Whether or not to save some of your money, or saddle
> yourself with huge payments for that new car.
>
> Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the
> movies with. Whose car to ride home in. Whether to watch the tube
> tonight, or read a book on investing. But, and you can be sure of this,
> each choice counts. Each choice is a building block - some large, some
> small. But each one is a part of the structure of your life. If you make
> the right choices, or if you make more right choices than wrong ones,
> something absolutely terrible may happen to you. Something unthinkable.
> You, my friend, could become one of the hated, the
> evil, the ugly, the feared, the filthy,, the successful, the rich.
>
> Quite a few people have made that mistake.
>
> The rich basically serve two purposes in this country. First, they
> provide the investments, the investment capital, and the brains for the
> formation of new businesses. Businesses that hire people. Businesses
> that send millions of paychecks home each week to the un-rich.
>
> Second, the rich are a wonderful object of ridicule, distrust, and
> hatred. Few things are more valuable to a politician than the envy most
> Americans feel for the evil rich.
>
> Envy is a powerful emotion. Even more powerful than the emotional
> minefield that surrounded Bill Clinton when he reviewed his last batch
> of White House interns. Politicians use envy to get votes and power. And
> they keep that power by promising the envious that the envied will be
> punished: "The rich will pay their fair share of taxes if I have
> anything to do with it.' The truth is that the top 10% of income earners
> in this country pays almost 50% of all income taxes collected. I shudder
> to think what these job producers would be paying if our tax system were
> any more "fair."
>
> You have heard, no doubt, that the rich get richer and the poor get
> poorer. Interestingly enough, our government's own numbers show that
> many of the poor actually get richer, and that quite a few of the rich
> actually get poorer. But for the rich who do actually get richer, and
> the poor who remain poor ... there's an explanation -- a reason. The
> rich, you see, keep doing the things that make them rich; while the poor
> keep doing the things that make them poor.
>
> Speaking of the poor, during your adult life you are going to hear an
> endless string of politicians bemoaning the plight of the poor. So,
> you need to know that under our government's definition of "poor" you
> can have a $5 million net worth, a $300,000 home and a new $90,000
> Mercedes, all completely paid for. You can also have a maid, cook, and
> valet, and $1 million in your checking account, and you can still be
> officially defined by our government as "living in poverty." Now there's
> something you haven't seen on the evening news.
>
> How does the government pull this one off? Very simple, really. To
> determine whether or not some poor soul is "living in poverty," the
> government measures one thing -- just one thing. Income. It doesn't
> matter one bit how much you have, how much you own, how many cars you
> drive or how big they are, whether or not your pool is heated, whether
> you winter in Aspen and spend the summers in the Bahamas, or how much is
> in your savings account. It only matters how much income you claim in
> that particular year. This means that if you take a one-year leave of
> absence from your high-paying job and decide to live off the money in
> your savings and checking accounts while you write
> the next great American novel, the government says you are 'living in
> poverty."
>
> This isn't exactly what you had in mind when you heard these gloomy
> statistics, is it?
>
> Do you need more convincing? Try this. The government's own statistics
> show that people who are said to be "living in poverty" spend more than
> $1.50 for each dollar of income they claim. Something is a bit fishy
> here. Just remember all this the next time Peter Jennings puffs up and
> tells you about some hideous new poverty statistics.
>
> Why has the government concocted this phony poverty scam? Because the
> government needs an excuse to grow and to expand its social welfare
> programs, which translates into an expansion of its power. If the
> government can convince you, in all your compassion, that the number of
> "poor" is increasing, it will have all the excuse it needs to sway an
> electorate suffering from the advanced stages of Obsessive-Compulsive
> Compassion Disorder.
>
> I'm about to be stoned by the faculty here. They've already changed
> their minds about that honorary degree I was going to get. That's OK,
> though. I still have my Ph.D. in Insensitivity from the Neal Boortz
> Institute for Insensitivity Training. I learned that, in short,
> sensitivity sucks. It's a trap. Think about it - the truth knows no
> sensitivity. Life can be insensitive. Wallow too much in sensitivity and
> you'll be unable to deal with life, or the truth. So, get over it.
>
> Now, before the dean has me shackled and hauled off, I have a few random
> thoughts.
>
> * You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare. If you are
> living off the efforts of others, please do us the favor of sitting down
> and shutting up until you are on your own again.
>
> * When you do vote, your votes for the House and the Senate are more
> important than your vote for president. The House controls the purse
> strings, so concentrate your awareness there.
>
> * Liars cannot be trusted, even when the liar is the president of the
> United States. If someone can't deal honestly with you, send them
> packing.
>
> * Don't bow to the temptation to use the government as an instrument of
> plunder. If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who
> earned it -- to take their money by force for your own needs -- then it
> is certainly just as wrong for you to demand that the government step
> forward and do this dirty work for you.
>
> * Don't look in other people's pockets. You have no business there. What
> they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours. Keep it that way. Nobody
> owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and your rights, and
> leave you the hell alone.
>
> * Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers. Forty
> hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don't see
> highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at
> five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The
> winners drive home in the dark.
>
> * Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by
> definition, needs no protection.
>
> * Finally (and aren't you glad to hear that word), as Og Mandino wrote,
>
> 1. Proclaim your rarity. Each of you is a rare and unique human being.
>
> 2. Use wisely your power of choice.
>
> 3. Go the extra mile ... drive home in the dark.
>
> Oh, and put off buying a television set as long as you can.
>
> Now, if you have any idea at all what's good for you, you will get the
> hell out of here and never come back.
>
> Class dismissed.
 

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It was probably too much for them to absorb in one sitting. And they probably just ignored it anyway, being the new "know it all" grads. But maybe one or two pearls of wisdom made it through the fog of celebration hang-overs...
 

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