The least I can do is give this phrase a little push. This is where it came from:
If you think something needs to be done, you should do it. You should not assume everybody else thinks the same way or that somebody else will take care of it for you. You and I are not sticks in a fasces or cells in a jellyfish; we are individuals with the right to live our own individual lives without someone else telling us what we have to do.
In retrospect, it was a big mistake to put e pluribus unum on the currency, instead of “You ain’t the boss of me”. (Vobis non me dux?)
Then again, unum gets no play these days, what with everyone overly anxious about pluribus.