Ted Nugent’s commencement advice for the Class of 2015

Ted Nugent’s commencement advice for the Class of 2015

Trigger warnings? Safe spaces? Are today’s grads becoming a generation of self absorbed, clueless wimps? Self-reliant hard rocker has a real American solution.

Ted Nugent performing in concert in Indianapolis in 2013. (Via Wikipedia)
Ted Nugent performing in concert in Indianapolis in 2013. (Via Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 – I surf the web daily looking for interesting comments and tidbits to share with our readers here at CDN, but often come up empty-handed. Much of what’s out there is either same old, same old or otherwise unexceptional.

But sometimes you discover a gem. Today was one of those days. Earlier this afternoon on Glenn Reynolds’ must-read blog aggregator site Instapundit, I spotted an excerpt taken from provocative comments penned by hard rocker Ted Nugent that appear in today’s edition of the Daily Caller.

Nugent has never succumbed to the arrogant, popular-crowd, PC ethic of the reflexively leftist entertainment world. Predictably, he’s been despised by many of these phony Marxists, along with anyone who buys in to their feel-good system of phony piety. But true to his character, the self-reliant Nugent has always told it like it is.

Linking to the Daily Caller, I read Nugent’s article and did a double-take. It’s the sharpest commentary and political criticism I’ve read in quite some time. Written like a short and punchy commencement address, Nugent’s “To the Graduating Class of 2015” advises today’s high school and college grads to throw out the PC crap they’ve been fed by their lefty instructors and rediscover what it means—or used to mean—to be a real American.

Nugent’s central focus is his list of 13 helpful hints. They are a nearly perfect prescription for enabling rising generations to shake off leftist bigotry and victimology they’ve been taught, take personal control of their lives and gain real independence in this stumbling, once-great country that seems to have forgotten about all three.

Here are the first 10 (with credit to the Daily Caller):

  1. Life is not fair. Get used to it.
  2. Social justice is a commie scam. Read the drivel of Saul Alinsky and fight it with all you’ve got.
  3. Nobody owes you jacksquat. You will either earn your own way or feel like a helpless leech. There is no middle ground.
  4. Economic equality is for sheep. If you really believe we are all equal in our capabilities you will go nowhere.
  5. The minimum wage is for minimum wage earners. If you believe you are worth more, go get it. Show by your productivity and professionalism that you are better than minimum. Upgrade awaits upgraders.
  6. The government cannot create jobs for you. You must create your own worth by proving yourself to be a gungho benefit for your employer. If you think you can do better, by all means, do better.
  7. Partying should not include dangerous or foolish behavior. Clean and sober always provides the most memorable parties without the danger of puking, stumbling, making an ass of yourself or passing out and dying.
  8. Peer pressure is for sheep. Stand up for what you believe in.
  9. The whole world sucks, but America still sucks less. Learn your history and be the best we-the-people participant that you can be.
  10. Don’t fall for the curse of political correctness. Feeling good is not as important as doing good.

Proving Nugent is onto something here, those juvenile, fun loving “popular kids” over at the Puffington Host quickly posted (or re-posted) “Dickipedia: Ted Nugent” in response to his Daily Caller piece. It’s just the kind of sneering, reflexively condescending riposte and video you might expect from brainless leftist robots that pose as serious writers and analysts at that site. Their illogical ad hominem response also proves Nugent’s points:

“Dickipedia is ‘The HuffPost Show’s’ comprehensive wiki of dicks. Theodore Anthony ‘Ted’ Nugent is a 66-year-old rock musician, a conservative political activist, a board member of the NRA and a dick.”

How’s that for incisive analysis? No further comment needed.

To read Nugent’s remaining tips and the rest of his refreshingly frank article, follow this link. And Class of 2015: follow Nugent’s advice. It will lead to a far more fulfilling life than the one you’re currently not looking forward to.


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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17