A couple of months ago Ashton Kutcher did something dramatic and wonderful when he stood up at Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards and delivered the most important and timely message ever given at one of the annual youth awards show.
“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work… When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”
Well, Ashton has done it again. This time it was on the Ellen show, where he was invited to talk about that moving speech. As Ellen questions why he would give such a dramatic speech instead of the usual Hollywood drivel, Kutcher describes what he believes to be truly important. Hard work. Over this short, almost 4 minute conversation, Ashton Kutcher simply and clearly outlines what may be some of the most foundational aspects of conservative values.
“The system has changed now… it shifts a dynamic in society and I also think there is an entitlement that is starting to emerge that is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for the country… I talk to some of my friends and they don’t want to get a job at Starbucks… because they feel like it’s below them and I think the only thing that can be below you is to not have a job. Go work until you can get the job you want to have.”
I’m not sure that Ashton or Ellen fully understand this, but if they agree with what they just articulated then they are halfway to conservative.
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