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.
"College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.
None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us. Listen to the way we’re spoken to already, as if everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond our control, with government there to help us cope with our fate. It’s the exact opposite of everything I learned growing up in Wisconsin, or at college in Ohio. When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself.
That’s what we do in this country. That’s the American Dream. That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners."
key quote: "You've got to be realistic and a lot of libertarians are not realistic. His budget plan features huge deficits for years into the future," said Timothy Condon, a New Hampshire attorney working to bring more libertarian ideas into the Republican Party. "But Ryan is trying."
A lot of Libertarians are not realistic. I prefer to say not flexible, but either term can work. Most of those I know are very realistic, and they know the value of paying attention to what's truly important.
For a staggering portion, probably a majority, of those college graduates, they have failed. It isn’t “the leaders” fault that they owe $100k for a useless degree in comparative feminism. Legally, they are adults and should be treated as such.
But they want to move between entitlements. Or at least between subsidized work in fields that they find “socially important”.
None of us has to settle, but most of us seem to want to. Not everyone has the spirit of the entrepreneur.
How are college students sitting their rooms staring at posters a failure of leadership?
That's a failure of their own doing. Whether it's because they put their faith in the wrong person and expected him to do the work for them, or because they failed to get up and go out to achieve on their own.
A potential response to this would be "well, if Obama was a better leader, then the economy would be better and they'd have an easier time finding jobs." No, even if that were slightly true (and I don't believe it is), it's still incumbent upon the people themselves to get work.
I know what I'm talking about. I've spent time on unemployment. I never blamed leaders for the lack of work, I put effort into finding a job and focusing on that. Which, when you get right down to it, is the gist of Ryan's speech.
If you feel left out or passed by, it's the leader's fault for not motivating or elevating the discussion. But it's the individual's fault for not constantly striving to achieve for yourself.