We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Having recently suffered through another seemingly endless graduation exercise (my Wife's niece graduated with her Phd.), I commented to my wife and assorted relatives: "Do these people just plagiarize their commencement speeches from the internet? "
Sheesh, I mean, I think I'd heard the chosen student victim's speech at least twice before, one of them at my high school graduation 40 years ago! Do they just take the easy route and spout the same inane platitudes for generations? It seems as if little thought is actually given to content and more to drivel and cliche. For that, at least make it short.
And to top the suffrage off, they had a graduating vocal minstrel nervously sing off key some popular ditty... I cut the poor girl some slack for the nerves in front of a 1000 of her peers and professors, let alone another 5000 parents, relatives, kibitzers, and for endless years of vocal training, terrible outdoor sound, she wasn't bad. BUT, it did require the ubiquitous "Can we go home now, the fat lady sang?"
But noooo, there was another hour and a half parade of mispronounced names, "cum laude" congratulations, the ever present "honorary degree" and final parade to an endless repetitious orchestra march.
All I could say at the end was, congratulations. You made it. Don't substitute your FOUREX for facts. Let's go eat!