Leftists have seized control of American culture.
And they spread their values everywhere they can.
But a Super Bowl champion gave one commencement speech that rankled liberals.
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker secured his team’s second Super Bowl victory in four years by kicking a last-minute field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles.
A few months after that victory, Butker spoke to graduates at Georgia Tech, his alma mater.
However, his message went against leftist orthodoxy.
Butker encouraged graduates to “get married and start a family,” then pointed to his wedding band and said, “This is the most important ring I have right here…In the end, no matter how much money you attain, none of it will matter if you are alone and devoid of purpose.”
This message makes many on the left wince because they believe marriage is an outdated, patriarchal institution and that procreating is bad for the environment.
There is literally a “no kids” movement on the Left; gun control activist David Hogg proudly announced he would not have children in order to save the planet.
Butker continued, “My confidence as a husband and father, and yes, even as a football player is rooted in my marriage with my wife, as we leave our mark on future generations by the children we bring into the world…How much greater of a legacy can anyone leave than that? … Sadly, we are encouraged to live our lives for ourselves, to move from one thing to another with no long-term commitment…To have loyalty for nothing but ourselves and sacrifice only when it suits our own interests. This loneliness is rooted in the lies being sold about self dependence and prioritizing our career over important relationships.”
Butker, a devout Catholic, is offering a religious message without explicitly saying it.
Society has become so secularized that people often wince at a faith-based message.
Butker drove home the point that loneliness is on the rise, especially in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
He added, “I’m not sure the root of this, but at least I can offer one controversial antidote that I believe will have a lasting impact for generations to come — get married and start a family…None of these accomplishments mean anything compared to the happiness I have found in my marriage and in starting a family,” he continued. “My confidence as a husband and father, and yes, even as a football player is rooted in my marriage with my wife.”
Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Kansas City #Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker gives a graduating class a SUPER POWERFUL speech:
“In the end— no matter how much money you attain— none of it will matter if you are alone and devoid of purpose… I can offer one controversial antidote… pic.twitter.com/g9MYOPjrH1
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) May 9, 2023
Social scientists have written for decades about the fraying of society, the loss of a social fabric, and happiness levels consistently declining despite increased material wealth and groundbreaking technological advances.
Liberal social scientist Robert Putnam of Harvard wrote about the phenomenon in a book called “Bowling Alone” and pointed out that people do not socialize as they once did.
Forming tangible connections is the only way forward, and Butker’s speech drove that point home.