The Greatest Political Speech Never Made

The following is an excerpt from a political speech that you will never hear.

Matt McWilliams Greatest Political Speech That Was Never Made

Pain is the fuel that drives action and action leads to success.
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My fellow Americans,

Life is hard. Get used to it.

Life is unfair. Get over it.

Some people in this country will make more money than you. Some people will be rich and some people will be poor. The poor man is entitled to none of the rich man’s money and the rich man should choose, by his own desire or moral obligation, how he spends his money. Coercion is no way to provide charity. Private charities are better at helping people anyway.

Some will argue that we are entitled to things like Social Security and Medicare because we paid into them. I have a better idea. One that worked for the first 170 years in this country. It’s called a personal retirement fund. No longer should you send your money to a bureaucrat with the loose promise that you might get some of it back in forty years at 2% interest. No longer should there be countless strings attached to your money. It’s yours. You keep it. You save it. You are responsible for it. Go ahead, I trust you.

Unemployment benefits? What kind of a name is that? There should be no benefit to being unemployed, It should hurt. Bad. So much so that you wake up every morning at 4:00 looking for a job and go to bed at 11:00 pm exhausted from a 19-hour day just looking. Unemployment should be painful because pain is the fuel that drives action and action leads to success.

You want some money when you lose your job? Keep what you’re putting into “unemployment insurance” and put it into a savings account. There’s your unemployment insurance, minus the bureaucratic mess. Go ahead, I trust you.

That’s right. I trust you. I trust each and every one of you to act like adults. And when you don’t, that’s when we step in. Not to save you from yourself, but to save you from others.

At some point in life, you will be faced with a decision. Buy a big screen television or save for medical expenses when you are 70. It’s a tough decision but one that I cannot make for you. It’s not my job to take your money and save it for you. Only you can do that.

Some of you will choose wisely and reap the rewards. Some of you will make the wrong decisions and suffer the consequences.

Some of you will read the books you need to read to achieve success and create wealth. Some of you will choose to escape to a world of reality television and live in lack.

Some of you will end the relationships that are toxic to your well-being. Some of you will cling to the familiar and never know true contentment.

Some of you will delay pleasure, save wisely and live in abundance later in life. Some of you will choose instant gratification and later live in poverty.

Some of you will choose to work hard, make sacrifices, and pay the price for success. Some of you will be lazy and live every day with the hope that someone else will pick up your slack.

All of you will have struggles.

Some of you will lose your jobs and blame your boss. Some will blame the government. Some will blame anyone and everyone but themselves. But others of you will consider it an opportunity and will stop at nothing to find a new and better job.

All of you will know death. All of you will know pain. All of you will desire at some point to have the hurt taken away. But I cannot do that. No government can. Sorrow and loss are as much a part of life as breathing. So are joy, prosperity, and vibrancy.

All of you will, at least in the deepest parts of your hearts, long for more from life. You will long for success, wealth, contentment, and love. You will find none of those in me. You will find none of those in our government. You will only find them from within and from God.

I cannot and will not make the necessary choices for you. Your prosperity and the prosperity of your family and this nation are in your hands, not mine.

I pray for you and for our nation. May God bless us all. And may we accept His blessing and use the gifts He has given us well.

What would you like to hear a politician say that you’ve never heard before?

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  • Wow, Matt. Nailed this one.

    I’d take one thing you said a step further, if I can.

    Can I? Okay.

    Let’s abolish the idea of “retirement”. Did you know there’s no word in Hebrew for “retirement”? That the whole idea of retirement only came about in the last hundred years or so and wasn’t even popular until Social Security came along?

    It’s also the 10th Commandment in Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s “Thou Shall Prosper” — Never Retire.

    The Jews say that if Hebrew doesn’t have a word for it, then man created it, not God. I’d say that retirement probably qualifies. Me, I’d rather transition from one career into another. Find a way to be productive all my life. Not be a burden to anyone. Reduce my living expenses as I reduce my income and supplement from my savings. Do some of the things I enjoy but not as a full-time layabout. Write books, make music, serve others without regard to how much I’m being paid. Be a producer, not a consumer for as long as I’m able.

    • I’m with you, Bret. I don’t ever want to fully retire. I want to contribute and add value until the day I die. I’m certain I’ll live longer (assuming all else is equal) if I keep engaged and staying sharp.

    • AMEN brother. I LOVE this comment!

      I say I want to retire by 50-ish, but it’s not from work, it’s from working FOR money. I want to save now and be independently wealthy enough to work for whatever and whoever and wherever I want. I sort of get to do that now, but money is always in the back (or front) of my mind.

  • I would like to hear a politician say “The Glory of this country belongs to God. I only carry this heaviness for a short period. Let us all be sure to give God the Glory for our blessings.”

  • Great post and insight. I think the pic couldve been different but i like your ideas. Always remember that it is our duty to help the poor, fatherless and widowed and not the govt.

  • Dave Ramsey for President, Matt McWilliams for Vice President?! I’d vote for you.

    • LOL. That would be scary.

      • Maybe scary for you, but it can’t be any scarier than the current tickets.

    • Maybe “stupid” could finally be made illegal?

  • The BEST post yet. Amazing!!!! I’m with Jon. I’d vote for you… if I could vote ;0)

    I would like for a politician to say “We’ve been arguing for so long, we’ve forgotten what we’re arguing about. Let’s have a do-over and remember how this country came to be and honor those people’s dreams.”

    • That would be AWESOME Lily.

      BEST post? Even better than top 10 ways Spiderman is a better leader than the guy from Enron? Dang. That is saying something!

      Thank you very much Lily!

  • Matt McWilliams for President.

    • I know one household for sure that would not vote for me…mine :)

  • Fantastic message. The concept of personal responsibility has gone away as government (both parties) has taken more responsibility from us and left too many of us waiting for something else to happen. We have to stop that. Time and time again, those who have a sense of ownership over their careers, businesses, and lives do better than those who wait for others.

    I was let go from a job last year, and I made it a personal point to not take a dime of government unemployment money. I was employed before my severance ran out, and it was because I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for something to happen.

    • Thanks for stopping by Dallas. Awesome commentary.

      I’ll admit that I received one unemployment check in July 2003 when my dad fired me (true story that I HAVE to tell here). I learned after that one check that it was not worth it. Yes, it was a return of my money, but the hoops I had to jump through and games I had to play were ridiculous.

      But…it was the start of me starting my own business. The pain from getting fired by my own father was the that drove me to succeed in business. The desperation of not finding another job right away led to my creativity taking over and making my own job.

    • So your severance became a signing bonus, in effect? Way to go!!!

  • About every 4 years I have to write/read something like this just to stay sane. Great stuff, Matt. It really is all about personal responsibility.

  • Its amazing how many people expect the government to fix ALL their problems: “Im fat…Im unhappy…I hate people…its all your fault Uncle Sam!” LOL

    I will admit Matt: I don’t see you getting elected 😉

    • HAHA. Hey now. I did almost get elected to the School Board when I was 22 :)

    • So true Mike. Instead of reacting we should be action out what we want.

  • Great post Matt. Right on. I would like to hear the pure truth and not lies to make them look good.

    • I’m with you there. The thing is…it just might work too…politically that is.

      I just have to wonder what would happen when a (for example) a presidential candidate is asked a tough question about something controversial they said and they answered: “You know, I really messed that up. I didn’t choose my words carefully and I regret that,” instead of blaming the media or saying it was out of context or any of the other things they do.

      I could be wrong, but I think that not only would it be sincere, but it would win them hundreds of thousands, if not millions of votes.

      I am maintaining hope that a genuine, truthful, and open candidate can and will be on a national stage soon.

      • I agree,

        I think humility and telling the truth would work. It would show the votes that they are human and do make mistakes which would connect with anyone.

        Me too:)

  • I think I’d like to have a politician say, “I can only show you the door; you must be the one to open it.” (Quote from The Matrix) Kind of goes along with what you’ve shared about taking personal responsibility. The job of any leader is to try to show the way – we can’t really “make” anyone do anything.

  • Mary Ann

    I just can’t imagine Jesus saying those words. There is some truth in it, but there is none of Jesus’ compassion. And with the current corporatist climate, it’s getting harder and harder for each of us to take our prosperity into our own hands. Tell this to a widow with young children trying to get ahead on $20,000/year (or even $40,000/year) when child care costs as much as private school tuition. It would be great if we were all born with the same opportunities and intellectual abilities, but we aren’t. I’m not for big government (far from it), but this is one of the saddest things I’ve ever read from a Christian.

    • I think we’re more in agreement Mary Ann than you think.

      The church SHOULD help people. Christians should help people.

      But if we look at it from a solely practical and statistical standpoint: Government “charity” is inefficient. It’s wasteful. It “gives” out less than 60% of what it takes in for that purpose (the rest goes to bureaucracy). Private charity, on the other hand, is efficient and gives out more than 80% of what it takes in to help people.

      That is just one example and solely from a numbers standpoint.

      I don’t think Jesus would advocate big government to solve problems. In fact I know that He did not. I see it no where in His word, but I see countless examples of calling on private citizens to help others.

      Lastly, this wasn’t a call to those who are “making it.” They don’t need this. Who needs to read this is the one who fell for the lie that “Hope” is found in any man that walks the face of this earth. Hope was not found in Ronald Reagan. Hope is not found in my mayor or school board or even my teachers and firefighters or doctors. Hope…real Hope is found in Christ only.

      Again, I think you and I agree on more than you think. I really appreciate you stopping by and making me think, because you did.

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  • Funwithguns11

    If you left the populous to their own devices when saving for retirement, you’ll end up with 50 million homeless 65 year olds. The average family savings in LT 6K.

    If you gave people the chance to opt out of paying SS tax, everyone would do it, but the odds of them doing something else with that money are slim to none. Anarchy would ensue.

  • This looks to be a rather old post, but… I just found it! So it is new to me! An by the way fabulous and inspiring at the same time. Unfortunately the system is so far broken, it would be hard to imagine anyone getting very far politically when they speak this type of common sense. Very Dave Ramsey like and yes I would vote for a Ramsey/McWilliams ticket!!

    • Thanks Thomas. My wife used to work for Dave and I think part of her exit agreement was that we would never run on a ticket together haha!