Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards extolled the virtues and value of the work ethic and that hard work itself — even if a menial nature — presents opportunities to succeed.
The actor, whose speech recounted various manual labor jobs in his past, said in part that “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.”
Last night in an appearance with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, Sarah Palin commented on the Ashton Kutcher speech:
“[The speech] was beautiful; that was inspiring. I think Ashton is going to help make the idea of wanting to work cool again. I appreciated that he was so bold in speaking truth to power there to the youth of America. More Americans in the younger generation need to hear this.”
Added the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate: “Man was created to work. That’s where we get our sense of self. This productivity is so needed, not just economically, but emotionally, spiritually, psychology in our country… I respected his speech, and I hope we hear more of it coming out of Hollywood.”
Palin speculated that Ashton Kutcher’s message may the result of his heartland, Midwestern roots.
Kutcher is or has been a vocal Obama supporter, so he may be less than thrilled with this Palin endorsement. That being said, regardless of your feelings about Sarah Palin, if any, it has been generally acknowledged that meaningful work is an important component of a well-rounded, happy life.
Moreover, regardless of where you find yourself on the political spectrum, today more Americas are dependent on government assistance than ever before which is hardly a recipe for prosperity. For example, the food stamps rolls have exploded, while many persons have dropped out of the workforce entirely. Youth unemployment is about double of the adult population. For reasons that not yet been nailed down, there also has been a sharp rise in people seeking Social Security disability benefits.
Do you think the Ashton Kutcher speech at the Teen Choice Awards will inspire more Americans to be productive and self-sufficient?