Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/28/2008

And we’re talking about you, Barack Obama:

On Sunday Barack Obama urged graduates of
Connecticut’s Wesleyan University to devote themselves to “collective
service.” This is not an unusual theme for a commencement address. But
it was interesting how long he went on discussing various kinds of
nonprofit activism without ever mentioning the virtues of commerce or
of individual achievement.

He also did not cite the military as an example of
service to one’s country. This is a surprising omission in a Memorial
Day weekend speech to college-age students by a man seeking to be
entrusted with the defense of the U.S.

Sen. Obama told the students that “our individual
salvation depends on collective salvation.” He disparaged students who
want to “take your diploma, walk off this stage, and chase only after
the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our
money culture says you should buy.”

The people Mr. Obama is sneering at are the ones who
built America – the traders and entrepreneurs and manufacturers who
gave us railroads and airplanes, housing and appliances, steam engines,
electricity, telephones, computers and Starbucks. Ignored here is the
work most Americans do, the work that gives us food, clothing, shelter
and increasing comfort. It’s an attitude you would expect from a

Or this year’s Republican nominee ..


There is a whiff of hypocrisy here. Mr. Obama, who
made $4.2 million last year and lives in a $1.65 million house bought
with the help of the indicted Tony Rezko – and whose “elegant suits”
and “impeccable ties” made him one of Esquire’s Best-Dressed Men in the
World – disdains college students who might want to “chase after the
big house and the nice suits.” Mr. McCain, who with his wife earned
more than $6 million last year and who owns at least seven homes,
ridicules Mr. Romney for having built businesses.

But hypocrisy is not the biggest issue. The real issue
is that Messrs. Obama and McCain are telling us Americans that our
normal lives are not good enough, that pursuing our own happiness is
“self-indulgence,” that building a business is “chasing after our money
culture,” that working to provide a better life for our families is a
“narrow concern.”

They’re wrong. Every human life counts. Your life
counts. You have a right to live it as you choose, to follow your
bliss. You have a right to seek satisfaction in accomplishment. And if
you chase after the almighty dollar, you just might find that you are
led, as if by an invisible hand, to do things that improve the lives of

John McCain doesn’t get away here either.  Read the whole thing.

UPDATE:  You can read Obama’s commencement address at Wesleyan here.  I’d also recommend Mark Levin’s take down of Obama address which you can listen to by clicking on the broadcast for May 27 found here.  Or download the MP3 file.


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