Barack Obama’s commencement speech at Knox College, in addition to being one of the best speeches I have heard, could be the 2012 inaugural speech for President Obama. Wouldn’t that be great?
Here is an excerpt on how the “ownership society” or social darwanism fails us as individuals and as a society:
But there is a problem. It won’t work. It ignores our history. It ignores the fact that it’s been government research and investment that made the railways possible and the internet possible. It’s been the creation of a massive middle class, through decent wages and benefits and public schools that allowed us all to prosper. Our economic dependence depended on individual initiative. It depended on a belief in the free market; but it has also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other, the idea that everybody has a stake in the country, that we’re all in it together and everybody’s got a shot at opportunity. That’s what’s produced our unrivaled political stability.