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CORRECTION:The Commencement Address We Would All Like To Hear

 NOT TRUE! He did NOT address the Texas A & M commencement. Neal Boortz has written several versions of this speech over a period of several years. Harry, be careful and PLEASE FACT CHECK before you print. I came very close to printing it myself….

Please refer to my post titled “The Best Commencement Speech.”

My post clarifies that this was the speech he would have LIKED to have given….

Thanks to Anita Christy of Gilbert Watch for the correction

By Neal Boortz. (GW NOTE: If he had been asked, which he wasn't, this is the speech that Neal Boortz would like to have given. Please pass it on to your favorite college graduate. It's a little dated, but it's a classic.)


Texas A&M Commencement Address - The students gave a  standing ovation; the faculty were deathly silent!

  Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a  Texas Aggie (Texas  A&M) graduate, and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His  commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from  what either the students or the faculty expected. Whether you agree or  disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking.


 "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 up your bloomers 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 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, I 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 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, but in your 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  force, 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 its 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 is that favorite buzz word of  the media 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 individuals 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 individuals 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 60% -75% 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, President Obama said so, didn't  he? 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  outdoors men (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 outdoors men? 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 Liberal 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. Former 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.


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 a 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 Charles Gibson 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 PhD. 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 country. 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 out of here and never come back. Class dismissed"

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