The Corner

Culture

WATCH: The Ben Sasse Technique for Raising Hard Working Kids

We’ve run two positive reviews on Senator Ben Sasse’s new book, “The Vanishing American Adult” — and judging by the Wall Street Journal best-seller list, the book is certainly resonating with the rest of America. His WSJ essay, “How to Raise an American Adult” also went flying through the Internet the day it published, so it’s no surprise people enjoyed Sasse’s recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” 

Want to know how Sasse’s teenage daughter learned to “toughen up”? In the clip below, he recounts his daughter’s summer delivering baby cows on a cattle ranch: 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=1ehVL72l1Ow

 

Sasse has said

“At our house we have come to conclude that building and strengthening character will require extreme measures and the intentional pursuit of gritty work experiences.” 

I can’t say I disagree, as I had a few similar experiences that left a deep impression on my future work ethic. As a teenager, I spent several full summers doing work projects in Venezuela and Mozambique. We slept in tents, dug foundations for shelters, laid brick, stirred concrete, painted, cooked our own food and bathed in buckets — among other things (like having no access to TV, Internet, or phones.)

I remember those summers more clearly than any others in my lifetime. Though they were extremely difficult for a privileged American girl, the lessons I learned from such “gritty work experiences” remain exceptionally valuable in my life today.

Most Popular

U.S.

Women’s Sports Should Be Women’s Sports

Transgender sports policies make a mockery of women’s competition. Just look at the state of Connecticut. At the 2018 state open for women’s track and field, two young men identifying as transgender took first and second place in the 100m race. Their participation not only deprived young women of their ... Read More
U.S.

Women’s Sports Should Be Women’s Sports

Transgender sports policies make a mockery of women’s competition. Just look at the state of Connecticut. At the 2018 state open for women’s track and field, two young men identifying as transgender took first and second place in the 100m race. Their participation not only deprived young women of their ... Read More
Elections

Bernie’s Houses

Mike Bloomberg scored a hit -- a palpable hit -- in the debate this week when he pointed back at Bernie Sanders and said: “What a wonderful country we have, the best-known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.” Many conservatives laughed and cheered and wondered why Bernie ... Read More
Elections

Bernie’s Houses

Mike Bloomberg scored a hit -- a palpable hit -- in the debate this week when he pointed back at Bernie Sanders and said: “What a wonderful country we have, the best-known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.” Many conservatives laughed and cheered and wondered why Bernie ... Read More

Elon Musk’s Plan to Settle Mars

He who follows Freedom, let him leave his homeland, and risk his life. — Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet, 1832 Last week my wife Hope and I traveled to Boca Chica, Texas, to meet with Elon Musk. While we talked inside the SpaceX onsite headquarters, a mariachi band played outside, providing entertainment for ... Read More

Elon Musk’s Plan to Settle Mars

He who follows Freedom, let him leave his homeland, and risk his life. — Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet, 1832 Last week my wife Hope and I traveled to Boca Chica, Texas, to meet with Elon Musk. While we talked inside the SpaceX onsite headquarters, a mariachi band played outside, providing entertainment for ... Read More

Escape from Wuhan

The onset of the crisis in Wuhan startled me like a jump scare in a horror movie. You’ve seen the kind I mean. The audience is led to believe that the monster, psycho killer—or what have you—pursuing the intended victim is still distant. Then whatever it is stands up from behind, leaps out in front, bursts ... Read More

Escape from Wuhan

The onset of the crisis in Wuhan startled me like a jump scare in a horror movie. You’ve seen the kind I mean. The audience is led to believe that the monster, psycho killer—or what have you—pursuing the intended victim is still distant. Then whatever it is stands up from behind, leaps out in front, bursts ... Read More
Science & Tech

A Transhumanist Runs for President

Every now and then, our electoral system produces one of those quintessentially American characters who coopt the energy of the presidential voting cycle to become national celebrities or elevate an obscure social movement into greater popular visibility. In the current cycle, New Age guru Marianne Williamson, ... Read More
Science & Tech

A Transhumanist Runs for President

Every now and then, our electoral system produces one of those quintessentially American characters who coopt the energy of the presidential voting cycle to become national celebrities or elevate an obscure social movement into greater popular visibility. In the current cycle, New Age guru Marianne Williamson, ... Read More