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Newtown dad shows . . . citizens across the land are waking up

Posted: February 11, 2013 at 11:20 am   /   by

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . .

These are among the most important words ever penned by the hand of man. They establish the preexistence of human rights. They establish that government does not grant these rights, but is in fact empowered to secure and protect them. They establish that government is only legitimate when it does so, and that it is only legitimate when it has the consent of the people who have empowered it.

For a long time, our liberty felt so safe and secure that many simply began to take the truth of these words for granted. We worried about this core issue less, and obsessed more over the little things. We looked to government to do more and more.

Now, we are reaping the whirlwind. Government has done more and more. But it has pushed too far, and the people are waking up. Never before have I heard to many express the concepts of Jefferson’s 55 words above so ardently, so intently. The danger has become clear and present. Government will now back off, and be reigned in, or it will not. If it is not, then that giant sucking sound we hear will be the sound of the people withdrawing consent.

As an aside, it is important to note that “withdrawing consent” is not code for “revolution.” The American people could easily rise up, and through the orderly process of elections, empower a new government that conforms to the Founders’ understanding of the social contract, and to both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution. Though it seems like we have strayed so far, the American system provides for the remedy, if we but awaken sufficiently to employ it.

Here is just one more example of the people awakening and standing up for their preexistent sovereign rights in ways that haven’t happened for generations. He’s just an average dad, just like the rest of us. And yet look at the power that wells up from within him when he speaks about these rights.

Those who would violate the rights of this man will soon discover that Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion is very, very real.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook