America must remain united, free from jealousy and organized around the greater good.
William is committed to policies and behaviors that support equitable communities. Inspired by historic figures of importance and their writing, William believes an overwhelming weight of evidence exists to suggest that society benefits when its citizens aspire to extinguish bias that derives from race or gender.
In an essay penned by John Jay published on November 10, 1787, Jay strongly emphasizes the importance of having an inclusive Union in order to maintain a solid foundation of lasting peace. In Jay’s effort to allow America the ability to profit by experience without paying the price which it costs, Jay presented two extracts from a letter by Queen Anne dated July 1, 1706, to the Scotch Parliament that makes some observations on the importance of the Union that was then forming between England and Scotland. Over three hundred years ago, Queen Anne recognized and took action to mitigate the negative effects of segregation. She wrote that an entire and perfect union would be the solid foundation of lasting peace: It will secure religion, liberty, and property; remove animosities, jealousies, differences and must increase strength and riches by being joined in affection free from all apprehensions of different interest.
In an effort to remove ambiguity and emphasize the relevance of Jay’s writing hundreds of years post publication, the italicized passage below is not a direct quotation from his papers but maintains the same message.
Weakness and division at home will invite dangers from abroad; and nothing will tend more to secure us from those dangers than union, strength, and good government within ourselves.
Yet by the arts and policy and practices of our nation, our mutual jealousies are perpetually kept inflamed, and for many years they have been far more inconvenient and troublesome than useful and assisting to each other… If the people of America segregate themselves, won’t the same thing continue to happen? Would not similar jealousies continue to arise, and be in like manner cherished? Instead of our being “joined in affection” and free from all apprehension of different “interests,” envy and jealousy would soon extinguish confidence and affection, and the partial interests of each group, instead of the general interests of all Americans, would be the only objects of policy and pursuits.
When society is faced with conflict, William urges restraint in assigning the problem to a specific demographic. During times of success and abundance, William hopes Americans will humbly celebrate in communal fashion. Mr. Barlow believes none of this should be controversial; these are established American principles that must never be abandoned.