What They Learned at Georgetown

Kathleen Sebelius recently was invited to speak at Georgetown University for their graduation. Yes, that Kathleen Sebelius, and yes, that Georgetown University. But let’s skip current politics and concentrate on what she actually said —because what she actually said encapsulates the moral system of a generation.

I started out as an “unpaid volunteer.” My dad got into politics when I was five, so for most of my childhood, I spent my fall days putting up yard signs and going door to door. … So my first hope for you today is that you always hold on to your commitment to work for the common good. If you let that focus guide you, you will never go off course. … Contributing to these debates will require more than just the quantitative skills you have learned at Georgetown. It will also require the ethical skills you have honed – the ability to weigh different views, see issues from other points of view, and in the end, follow your own moral compass. -Kathleen Sebelius

Three points.

What is “working for the common good?” Working in and around the government. The guy standing on the corner selling hot dogs is working out of greed, while all those working in and around the government are working for the “common good.” Greedy people never enter government service.

What is the first commandment, the prime commitment? Working for the common good. The community is the arbiter of value and worth, and the betterment of the community is the ultimate goal.

Where should you get your values? You should follow your own moral compass. While all value comes from the community, all morality comes from the individual.

In short, there is nothing higher than the individual except the community, and the community should only be shaped by those who have selfishly given themselves to the shaping and working for the government.

And there you have the entire moral system of the liberal left in a nutshell, in all it’s self-contradictory and platitudinous glory.

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