Here is the main chunk of his Meaningful Speech:
None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period...
We sure used to be [the best country in the world]. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
So, in order:
Anyone who declares the youngest generation to be the "worst generation ever" automatically surrenders their right to be taken seriously. Really? We're worse than the generations who were in favour of slavery? Or the generations who called a person 'nigger' to his face? We're worse?
But I'll continue.
Anyone who longs for the days when we fought for "moral reasons" is longing for a simplicity that just could never exist. You know what America fought for for "moral reasons"? Segregation. You know what America fought against for "moral reasons"? Women's suffrage.
Anyone who says we "never beat our chest" has some serious blinders on. Or am I just hallucinating the rampant propaganda of World Wars I and II?
And anyone who misses the days when we made "ungodly technological advances" cannot possibly be serious when they make bombastically reductive analogies about today's technological advances like "socializing on the internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality."
I think it's about time to stop listening to Aaron Sorkin. Let him sit on his porch in his high-waisted slacks, drinking Metamucil and railing at the young punks who run past his house.