What is the Most Important Virtue for an Activist?

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What is the Most Important Virtue for an Activist?

Writ­ing for Pete’s blog allows me the oppor­tu­nity to speak to a nation­wide and per­haps inter­na­tional audi­ence. While it’s not uncom­mon for me to have a choir to preach to, I feel I have to up my game a lit­tle and speak not about local taxes issues or indi­vid­ual cor­rupt politi­cians or odi­ous ordi­nances, but I have to speak to things that are of national merit. One thing I have learned and can share with you is that the virtue of courage is required for all effec­tive polit­i­cal action.

Courage is a require­ment for lead­er­ship, if you can­not stand up and moti­vate your­self to do what needs to be done even in the face of the slings and arrows of out­ra­geous for­tune, frankly it won’t get done. Peo­ple respond to courage and courage is con­ta­gious. When they see you being coura­geous they instinc­tively want to be on the side of that per­son, they want to be coura­geous too. So courage is the most impor­tant of all polit­i­cal of all virtues in politics.

With courage being so impor­tant we must fig­ure out how to grow our own courage and how to trans­mit it to other peo­ple, we must expand it in every pos­si­ble way. It seems to me that courage is like a mus­cle the more you use it the more of it you gain. It also seems that courage is the oppo­site of bul­ly­ing; if you develop a habit of bul­ly­ing peo­ple you lose your courage. Using social media to con­front politi­cians and pol­icy mak­ers with truths they would like to ignore grows your courage. Post­ing ad hominem attacks on anony­mous trolls decreases your courage.

It is not enough to be coura­geous by your­self you must enlist oth­ers friends Neigh­bors in your coura­geous action because courage is action. Some­times it’s eas­ier to be coura­geous in a group often the oppo­site is true groups make cow­ards of us. The impor­tant thing is to sur­round your­self with coura­geous peo­ple. I gain most of my courage from the patri­otic mem­bers of the Worces­ter Tea Party.

Here’s a lit­tle exer­cise you can try, are you coura­geous enough to lis­ten to some­one you dis­agree with and not lose your patience with them? Are you coura­geous enough to go to a meet­ing sup­port­ing a propo­si­tion you oppose stand up and speak out against it in a room full of peo­ple that you know will despise you for that? These are things that take real courage and these are the things that need doing today more than ever.

Respect­fully,
Matt O’Brien
Pres­i­dent: Worces­ter Tea Party

On Face­Book

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

Writing for Pete’s blog allows me the opportunity to speak to a nationwide and perhaps international audience. While it’s not uncommon for me to have a choir to preach to, I feel I have to up my game a little and speak not about local taxes issues or individual corrupt politicians or odious ordinances, but I have to speak to things that are of national merit. One thing I have learned and can share with you is that the virtue of courage is required for all effective political action.

Courage is a requirement for leadership, if you cannot stand up and motivate yourself to do what needs to be done even in the face of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, frankly it won’t get done. People respond to courage and courage is contagious. When they see you being courageous they instinctively want to be on the side of that person, they want to be courageous too. So courage is the most important of all political of all virtues in politics.

With courage being so important we must figure out how to grow our own courage and how to transmit it to other people, we must expand it in every possible way. It seems to me that courage is like a muscle the more you use it the more of it you gain. It also seems that courage is the opposite of bullying; if you develop a habit of bullying people you lose your courage. Using social media to confront politicians and policy makers with truths they would like to ignore grows your courage. Posting ad hominem attacks on anonymous trolls decreases your courage.

It is not enough to be courageous by yourself you must enlist others friends Neighbors in your courageous action because courage is action. Sometimes it’s easier to be courageous in a group often the opposite is true groups make cowards of us. The important thing is to surround yourself with courageous people.  I gain most of my courage from the patriotic members of the Worcester Tea Party.

Here’s a little exercise you can try, are you courageous enough to listen to someone you disagree with and not lose your patience with them? Are you courageous enough to go to a meeting supporting a proposition you oppose stand up and speak out against it in a room full of people that you know will despise you for that? These are things that take real courage and these are the things that need doing today more than ever.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President: Worcester Tea Party

On FaceBook

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