We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
Mr Chesterton MUST have been talking about my wife. She is a West Virginia native, born in Huntington and raised in the hills near Spencer; where the new and untried is to be shunned and if it ain't old it ain't squat. Me, being a midwest native, removed her from there 30 years ago, and have once again proven you can take the girl from the hills, but can't take the hills from the girl.
Huh??? I think you have it exactly backwards. Tradition is inherited. You may choose to change it or rebel against it otherwise it chooses you. It's hard to find the exact root of most old traditions. Traditions are learned and adopted behavior and belief systems formed over time. Tradition is rarely created by someone deciding one day that this or that is now a tradition.