Navy Seal Commencement Speech at University of Texas
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 24, 2014
The trend is ominous. College campuses that are suppose to bastions for free thinking and speech have instead morphed in zones of intellectual intolerance. Whether it is a former secretary of state or a Somali girl abused by Islam, if the issue does not meet with the approval of Leftist dogma, the speech is likely to be squelched.
The commencement speech this year at the University of Texas was a refreshing break from the intolerance. UT not only allowed an American in uniform of service to his country to speak, but also allowed a speech that broke from the typical college gibberish that we are all deserving of an equal outcome, irrespective of our skills or efforts.
Admiral William McRaven, a Navy Seal for 36 years, delivered a thought-provoking address to attendees of the graduation, as posted below. His comments included “if you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right” and “SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.”
Unfortuantely, American values have been sliding down a different slope that indicates that all are deserving of success. Those that do not succeed have not only due to circumstances beyond their control. The increased number of Americans in poverty indicates something more sinister at play.