Carlos Lozada, associate editor and nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post, recently declared: “Conservatives give better commencement addresses than liberals.”
He made the statement after reading two recently released books. The first touts speeches by leftists – “The World is Waiting For You” – with grad talks by Noam Chomsky, Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, and other high-profile liberals. The other is called “Remembering Who We Are,” offering words of wisdom from the likes of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, historian Victor Davis Hanson, Governor Bobby Jindal, columnist George F. Will and many others.
The conservatives win, hands down – Lozada argues.
“Drawing from this sample of 48 speeches — 30 by conservatives, 18 by liberals — the right-leaning speakers stand out for five reasons,” he states, noting that:
Conservatives speak to you as an individual.
Conservative speeches are shorter.
Conservatives give more actionable advice.
Conservatives tell better stories.
Conservatives are less likely to suck up to you.
Well, we didn’t need a WashPo editor to tell us that, but we’re glad he noticed, and told his buddies.
By the way, from the book’s description, it appears like it’s a must-read for college students and grads:
“Too many students now enter the real world after being taught that patriotism is misguided, that religious faith is for the foolish, and that free enterprise is unfair. The eloquent speeches in this collection will help them grasp the truth – that America is flawed but fundamentally good; that faith can have intellectual depth; that capitalism is the world’s greatest force for fighting poverty; and much more.”