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I just finished 'Atlas Shrugged' and I wouldn't believe how much his speech followed the code of the Looters in the book. He demonized the wealthy for seeking material things and then said that they weren't working hard enough for the benefit of others. I don't know why anyone would want to work any harder so that someone else can buy a new car.
I loved how he said that we should work because of our own passion, but then told everyone what their passion is supposed to be. And whoever wrote that speech recognized that revolution of focusing out work as a service to the community would not end the recession, only that it would bring about a new era (of socialism).
The recession could be ended by people working hard and producing things, but only if the government will remove the shackles that require the successful to divest themselves of the fruits of their labors. It will not end by community service. People like to work for their own benefit. Let them.

I'm reading Atlas Shrugged as well....it is eerie and troubling how relevent it is to current events.

I just got done reading the text of Obama's speech and it depressed me just part I of Atlas Shrugged.

If ASU grads were energized by Obama's speech, then the Rolling Stones were right: "What a drag it is getting old."

I tweeted the following earlier today: It's easy to tell students that aspiring for $ and a nice office is Madoff-like behavior... when you have lots of $$$ and the Oval Office.

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow’s hopelessly hyperbole filled introduction of President Obama was not the greatest source of embarrassment for ASU last Wednesday night. Instead, it was the unreported but undisputed fact that the stadium emptied while Obama was still there.

After Obama gave his commencement address, Sun Devil Stadium started to empty. Keep in mind that many of these people came primarily to see Obama. As such, it is more than a little odd that these Obama worshipers felt that it was completely appropriate to turn literally turn their backs on their hero and walk away.

Obama, to his credit, stayed for the entire program. He posed for photographs with the students given a scholarship that is now named after him, he shook hands with every Ph.D. candidate, and he gave the commissioning oath to the new Army and Air Force second lieutenants. He patiently waited while each academic college was called. He even sat through the pitch to join the ASU Alumni Association. His supporters, however, showed no such respect.

It was a surreal feeling to watch 50,000 people get up and leave an event where the President of the United States remained in attendance. It also provided a bizarre example of the type of conduct that his supporters believe is appropriate.

Jerry,

I think this bizarre behavior is not unique to what you experienced on Wednesday everning. The DBacks are tied in the bottom of the 8th inning and the stadium begins to empty out. The game goes into extra innings - by the the 11 inning there are about 5,000 fans left. I go to a Broadway show at the Orpheum and the crowd comes late and walks in half way through the first number and then they leave before the final number is sung or stay to give an applause for a good effort and a good show. GOP legislators walk out on their governor when she starts talking about raising taxes as a solution to the state budget crisis.

I would say that the 'bizarre' behavior has been displayed hundreds of times every year in this community. Quite frankly it is embarrassing. I am thinking that to simply call it 'bizarre' is maybe too kind.

Oddly, I own a copy of Atlas Shrugged signed by the Ayn Rand to her father.

"In Atlas Shrugged, Rand tells the story of the U.S. economy crumbling under the weight of crushing government interventions and regulations. Meanwhile, blaming greed and the free market, Washington responds with more controls that only deepen the crisis. Sound familiar?"
—Yaron Brook, "Is Rand Relevant?"
The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2009

He also said something about not being greedy like those guys on walstreet....I gues we need to close down the W.P.Kerry MBA program now huh? MORON!

Ron,

Comparing a leaving a baseball game early (or even two legislators walking out on the governor) to walking out on an event where the President of the United States remains in attendance is a fairly good example of the logical fallacy of false analogy. It occurs when a conclusion is based on comparing two things that are similar only in a superficial way. A diagram of your example would like the following.

(1) The Diamondbacks play in a sports stadium.
(2) President Obama spoke in a sports stadium.
(3) Thousands of people left both events early and therefore their conduct was similar.

In short, give me a break. I can’t think of a single Obama policy that I like; but I stayed. I don’t care who he (or maybe someday she) is. You don’t get up and walk out on the President of the United States.

I do, however, agree with you that it is now apparently acceptable to be rude in a variety of different venues. I concur that this development is, at best, unfortunate.

Jerry,

I commend your staying at the stadium to the end.

While finding fault with my logic, thank you for acknowledge that many of our fellow citizens are adopting a very careless attitude toward decorum. Manners is a lost art in our society.

I think it's merely a symptom of a greater disease. I believe that our society idolizes self. The prevailing attitude seems to be "What I want is most important, no matter the consequences."

I believe that this attitude is shown by:

People treating the President of The United States as an entertainer and leaving as soon as they ceased to be entertained.

Executives running businesses into the ground because they can use it to make millions.

Unions allowing companies to collapse rather than make the concessions necessary to stay in business (granted I'm not sure how that works - are the unions saying "you may have lost your job but if you still had it, you'd have a great salary and awesome benefits...").

Mortgage brokers giving loans to people who obviously couldn't afford it so that they could collect their fees.

People buying homes they can't afford because somebody was willing to loan them the money.

The list goes on and on. Our society is so focused on self, that we've put ourselves in the position we're in - and then we proceed to blame everybody else.

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