Celebrity graduation speeches are often surprisingly dull affairs that fade from memory shortly after they are delivered. That should not be the case with a speech Chief Justice John Roberts recently gave at his son's graduation ceremony. It isn't a gauzy, feel-good collection of bullet points. Instead, it is an essay on character and virtue.
The town fathers in Gardendale, Alabama have decided they won't require kids who mow lawns (or babysit, or run lemonade stands) for extra cash to fork out $110 for a business license. The Institute for Justice has the story:
June 6 is not a day for political infighting, or partisan gamesmanship. Rather, it is a day to remember when the armed forces of the Western democracies stormed the beaches, cliffs, and hillsides of Normandy in 1944.
This is the season of commencement speakers. They appear on college campuses around the country, accepting honorary degrees in exchange for offering words of advice and encouragement to graduates. Some may even say things that are a bit out there, or even slightly (very slightly) controversial. But as Prof.
The video nearby shows us a speech from President Reagan, delivered on Memorial Day 1986 at the Arlington National Cemetary. It's a powerful speech, recounting some of those, buried in the surrounding grounds, who answered the nation's call. Many of them are not famous, save to their families, and their comrades in arms. But they are heroes to all of us.