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.
re: Dear graduates: Don’t follow your dreams (A commencement speech for the mediocre) -
More asshattery. I'd go up on stage and kick that loser's ass back to wherever he came from if, as a parent, I heard that BS delivered to a graduating class. Of course you should follow your dreams. Follow them until you make it or until you realize you'll never play shortstop for the Dodgers, then get on with life and tell boring stories of your glory days with the Las Vegas 51s. Just don't conflate the two.
The guy found his level as a bartender/waiter after graduating with a degree in writing (wtf? a degree in writing????). So not only did he incur a ton of debt, he wasted years of productivity while doing so. he should have been a waiter from the beginning ("in the beginning, there was a waiter, and the waiter was good, and didn't need a degree from Emerson to pour coffee").
He's k00kgasming because Salon paid him for an article? ("pays me to write for a massive audience about the issues and ideas that I care about") Salon paid him, according to an online freelance source, $150 for a 750 word essay, which means he's giving away his writing because he wants to brand of himself as a "writer". He's a writer because he writes for free and blogs about millennials for free?. really?
P. J. O'Rourke gave (or at least wrote) a great commencement speech for Rutgers. I'd stack it up against most (but not the UT commencement address - I'm still amazed that they invited a Seal to give a commencement address in Austin Texas!).