Nobody cares what you know until they know that you care

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Nobody cares what you know until they know that you care

On the last Sun­day of the month we pub­lish the Worces­ter Tea
Party’s newslet­ter: This Month in Lib­erty. For Feb­ru­ary our intro­duc­tion was about the gov­ern­ment shut­down as a con­test of wills between the Pres­i­dent and Con­gress which comes from irrec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences on an impor­tant issue. As is fre­quently the case ugly replies come in response to any­thing we do.

This par­tic­u­lar response included accu­sa­tions of being a Never-​Trumper and that our Com­mon­wealth of Mass­a­chu­setts is a hope­lessly lost cause. I’m not a Never-​Trumper. I do not sup­port those that are Never-​Trumpers. I see it as an intel­lec­tual dead end that leaves no space for future vic­to­ries and is ulti­mately self-​defeating. See how well our friends at The Weekly Stan­dard are doing.

That is not to say that I’m a Trum­peteer. There are many Trum­peteers in the Worces­ter Tea Party But I am an ide­o­logue and Mr. Trump, while he has done many things that I agree with, is not an ide­o­logue. I am a fre­quent Trump Defender.

I would also remind every­one that our Com­mon­wealth is not a lost cause. Mass­a­chu­setts voted for Ronald Rea­gan. Mass­a­chu­setts used to have fair-​minded Democ­rats who under­stood the lim­i­ta­tions of gov­ern­ment power and knew the impor­tance of per­sonal Lib­erty. And while it is hard to find such peo­ple in gov­ern­ment today I would have no prob­lem work­ing with them to address the most impor­tant threat to our Repub­lic, the enor­mous national debt and our over­sized government.

How we respond to provo­ca­tions an insult demon­strates the char­ac­ter that we pos­sess. If we are to prove to our fel­low cit­i­zens that our ideas are the right ones for them and for their chil­dren then we must do every­thing within our power to demon­strate that char­ac­ter. In sales it is said “…nobody cares what you know until they know that you care.” This is a good phi­los­o­phy for prac­ti­cal politics.

Across the world there is much unrest because of politi­cians that don’t care much for the com­mon cit­i­zen in those Nations. These peo­ple are more inter­ested in strut­ting on the world stage than address­ing the prob­lems that their poli­cies cre­ate for real peo­ple. In some places this will not end well. At home in our Repub­lic we must remem­ber we can shape our des­tiny and make our future the place we all want to live in.

In Lib­erty,
Matthew O’Brien
Pres­i­dent Worces­ter Tea Party

On the last Sunday of the month we publish the Worcester Tea
Party’s newsletter: This Month in Liberty. For February our introduction was about the government shutdown as a contest of wills between the President and Congress which comes from irreconcilable differences on an important issue. As is frequently the case ugly replies come in response to anything we do.

This particular response included accusations of being a Never-Trumper and that our Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a hopelessly lost cause. I’m not a Never-Trumper. I do not support those that are Never-Trumpers. I see it as an intellectual dead end that leaves no space for future victories and is ultimately self-defeating. See how well our friends at The Weekly Standard are doing.

That is not to say that I’m a Trumpeteer. There are many Trumpeteers in the Worcester Tea Party But I am an ideologue and Mr. Trump, while he has done many things that I agree with, is not an ideologue. I am a frequent Trump Defender.

I would also remind everyone that our Commonwealth is not a lost cause. Massachusetts voted for Ronald Reagan. Massachusetts used to have fair-minded Democrats who understood the limitations of government power and knew the importance of personal Liberty. And while it is hard to find such people in government today I would have no problem working with them to address the most important threat to our Republic, the enormous national debt and our oversized government.

How we respond to provocations an insult demonstrates the character that we possess. If we are to prove to our fellow citizens that our ideas are the right ones for them and for their children then we must do everything within our power to demonstrate that character. In sales it is said “…nobody cares what you know until they know that you care.” This is a good philosophy for practical politics.

Across the world there is much unrest because of politicians that don’t care much for the common citizen in those Nations. These people are more interested in strutting on the world stage than addressing the problems that their policies create for real people. In some places this will not end well. At home in our Republic we must remember we can shape our destiny and make our future the place we all want to live in.

In Liberty,
Matthew O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party