Independence of the Individual

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Independence of the Individual

Today we cel­e­brate the birth of our nation and our own inde­pen­dence at a time when the ene­mies of both are fever­ishly active in our repub­lic. For 242 years our nation has been a bea­con light­ing the way for all the peo­ples of this blue planet. The appear­ance of our repub­lic has been imi­tated, but its sub­stance has never dupli­cated. Many nation have con­sti­tu­tions, most aren’t worth the parch­ment they are writ­ten on. Only one other nation holds that its peo­ples hap­pi­ness is an impor­tant goal. That is just an obvi­ous dif­fer­ence that you can share with chil­dren before tonight’s fireworks.

The core of our repub­lic is that from its found­ing the pri­mary focus has been on the indi­vid­ual, most other nations focus on groups and group inter­ests. When our repub­lic has been at its best we have stood up for the indi­vid­ual, when we have been at our worst we have treated peo­ple only as a mem­ber of a group. Our crown­ing achieve­ment is that we wel­come new mem­bers into our repub­lic and advance together bet­ter than any other any other group on earth. That is the “how” of Amer­i­cas great­ness. The “why” goes back to the pur­suit of happiness.

Hap­pi­ness is an intensely per­sonal con­cept and a mer­cu­r­ial goal. We have it as a foun­da­tion of our repub­lic. This more than any­thing else has inspired peo­ple to come here and be a part of the grand exper­i­ment. The pur­suit of hap­pi­ness is at the same time self­ish and noble. The pur­suit of hap­pi­ness moti­vates peo­ple to try new things and cre­ate what has only been dreamed of before. The pur­suit of hap­pi­ness brought us to the moon. It is the power that ener­gizes our econ­omy. It is what keeps us together, and it can make us move apart.

Since indi­vid­u­als are the focus of our repub­lic, it is true that only indi­vid­u­als can be its sav­iors. But it take an indi­vid­ual able to bare up under the bur­den of that individuality.

Cau­tious, care­ful peo­ple, always cast­ing about
to pre­serve their rep­u­ta­tion and social stand­ing,
never can bring about a reform. Those who are really
in earnest must be will­ing to be any­thing or noth­ing
in the world’s esti­ma­tion, and pub­licly and pri­vately,
in sea­son and out, avow their sym­pa­thy with despised
and per­se­cuted ideas and their advo­cates,
and bear the consequences…”

- Susan B Anthony​(18201906)

As many times before our repub­lic needs men and women to express the indi­vid­u­al­ity and pur­sue hap­pi­ness to defend our repub­lic. It can’t be done by peo­ple that have given up on being happy, but by those that are actively pur­su­ing hap­pi­ness because they want more. It doesn’t take 51% of us, but just a few peo­ple. I have ever con­fi­dence that there are more than enough of us here now. Here and there step­ping up when it is eas­ier to step back. Easy isn’t happy. Which is why easy isn’t in our found­ing doc­u­ments or our national character.

Happy Inde­pen­dence Day to all of you, and every one you love, and all Amer­i­cans everywhere!

Respect­fully,
Matt O’Brien
Pres­i­dent: Worces­ter Tea Party

On face­book

P.S.
The WTP is enjoy­ing the priv­i­lege of post­ing here weekly because Pete is a patriot and a Hero of our Repub­lic.
Please Sup­port the work of the Worces­ter Tea Party.

Today we celebrate the birth of our nation and our own independence at a time when the enemies of both are feverishly active in our republic.  For 242 years our nation has been a beacon lighting the way for all the peoples of this blue planet.  The appearance of our republic has been imitated, but its substance has never duplicated.  Many nation have constitutions, most aren’t worth the parchment they are written on.  Only one other nation holds that its peoples happiness is an important goal.  That is just an obvious difference that you can share with children before tonight’s fireworks.

The core of our republic is that from its founding the primary focus has been on the individual, most other nations focus on groups and group interests.  When our republic has been at its best we have stood up for the individual, when we have been at our worst we have treated people only as a member of a group.   Our crowning achievement is that we welcome new members into our republic and advance together better than any other any other group on earth. That is the “how” of Americas greatness.  The “why” goes back to the pursuit of happiness.

Happiness is an intensely personal concept and a mercurial goal.  We have it as a foundation of our republic.  This more than anything else has inspired people to come here and be a part of the grand experiment.  The pursuit of  happiness is at the same time selfish and noble.  The pursuit of happiness motivates people to try new things and create what has only been dreamed of  before.   The pursuit of happiness brought us to the moon.  It is the power that energizes our economy.  It is what keeps us together, and it can make us move apart.

Since individuals are the focus of our republic, it is true that only individuals can be its saviors.  But it take an individual able to bare up under the burden of that individuality.

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about
to preserve their reputation and social standing,
never can bring about a reform.  Those who are really
in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing
in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately,
in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised
and persecuted ideas and their advocates,
and bear the consequences…”

– Susan B Anthony​​​​​​​ (1820-1906)

As many times before our republic needs men and women to express the individuality and pursue happiness to defend our republic.  It can’t be done by people that have given up on being happy, but by those that are actively pursuing happiness because they want more.  It doesn’t take 51% of us, but just a few people.  I have ever confidence that there are more than enough of us here now.  Here and there stepping up when it is easier to step back.  Easy isn’t happy.   Which is why easy isn’t in our founding documents or our national character.

Happy Independence Day to all of you, and every one you love, and all Americans everywhere!

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President:  Worcester Tea Party

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P.S.
The WTP is enjoying the privilege of posting here weekly because Pete is a patriot and a Hero of our Republic.
Please Support the work of the Worcester Tea Party.