He Said That? 7/17/17

From Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts, at his son’s recent 9th Grade commencement speech. Remember when 9th graders didn’t have commencements?

“Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why.

From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.

I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.

Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted.

I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either.

And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.

I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.

Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen.

And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.”



4 responses to “He Said That? 7/17/17

  1. Curse you Justice Roberts. As a man of character I have wanted to loath you since your disastrous defense of Obamacare. But this is just right. We grow from adversity. And we become stronger.


  2. Right on Jeffersonian. Roberts on ACA was very painful. I wondered who had gotten to him. The problem is that it was the result that counted not the desire to know the source of the problem. Now we are watching to see how the huge number of “the most accomplished liars” in the country try to keep ACA and try to make us think they did all they could to get rid of this abomination. That said, I wish this commencement address was more widely published, but it will not be!


  3. What an asshole. No sane adult wishes these things openly on young people. Instead you inspire them with tales of strength and perseverance. You tell them there will be adversity in their lives, advise them to remember the lessons of integrity, ancestry, honor, from where to draw the strength to prevail.

    This is most definitely not the same thing as telling them they are special snowflakes who can do anything just because they are special. And it requires actual lessons of integrity, ancestry and honor.


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