“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” –Thomas Paine
In 1776, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense showered sparks on the tinder of revolution. With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans formally claimed their rights, and that tinder exploded into a new age for mankind.
But more than 200 years later, the flames of freedom are dying. We cry that Washington has failed us, but that is not where the blame lies.
With our rights, We the People were given the duty to maintain them. We the People are the problem. And We the People are the solution. Our republic will be restored not through political revolution, but through a revolution of the soul—not as we point fingers upward, but as we turn inward.
In an age of blame, this is uncommon sense. And it’s precisely what America needs to rekindle her light.
“Uncommon Sense is earnest, idealistic, counter-intuitive and vital; a Tea Party for the soul. at times it had my heart racing, and at times moved me to tears. This empowering work is elegant in its simplicity and profound in its potential to move the hearts and minds of our people to own their role as the overseers of freedom and to advance the cause of liberty.” -Oliver DeMille, Co-Founder of the Center for Social Leadership, Author of A Thomas Jefferson Education, Co-Author of LeaderShift
“Uncommon Sense is an uncommonly good work, and a most important one for understanding what we, at the individual level, can do to keep the flames of freedom burning. I absolutely loved it. several times while reading it I stood right up and cheered, much to the surprise of the rest of the people on the airplane. It’s that good, and even more necessary.” -Chris Brady, Bestselling Co-Author of Launching a Leadership Revolution, Author of Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character and A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation
“Uncommon Sense is packed full of common sense which, unfortunately, isn’t so common anymore. Stephen Palmer has a gift for taking complex political discussions and, through a mixture of stories, analogies, and logic, simplifying them for all Americans to join the dialogue. Accordingly, reading this book will help you become uncommonly informed.” -Orrin Woodward, Bestselling Co-Author ofLeaderShift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up and Lead and Author of Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life
“I have never felt so inspired to make a difference in the world as I do after reading this great book. Palmer’s words have touched me to the core. Uncommon Sense is a much-needed modern-day classic. I commit as a common citizen to rise up as a greater social leader to restore America. I will urge my family, clients, and friends to study and ponder this book and learn how together we can do our part to revitalize this nation. Uncommon Sense provides the formula for citizens to become the founding fathers of the 21st century who can remedy our failing society.” -Kris Krohn, Founder of Strongbrook, Author of The Conscious Creator: Six Laws for Manifesting Your Masterpiece Life
“In an age in which societal problems are extraordinary and unprecedented, potential solutions must be just as unique... common sense is obsolete, Uncommon Sense is vital.” -Steve D’Annunzio, Founder of the Soul Purpose Institute, Author of The Prosperity Paradigm
Uncommon Sense is a compilation of the following essays:
- Education Before Activism
- America’s Leverage Point
- The Inside-Out Reformation
- What If We’re It?
- Becoming One Who Goes Before
- Vision: The Seed of America’s Rebirth
- Whale Riders for Liberty
- An Army of White Knights
- Family Salt Factories
- Who is To Blame?
- William Tyndale and the Essence of Social Leadership
- The Founding Fathers Weren’t That Great
- The Uncomfortable Mirror
- Don’t Be a Sell-Out
- The Truth about the Road Less Traveled
- The Good News
- Rockin’ to the Fourth Turning Blues
- Who’s Your Daddy? <li
- The New Liberalism
- A Political independent’s Manifesto
- Truth Doesn’t Pick Sides
- Why Freedom-Lovers are Their Own Worst Enemies
- You Got the Right One, Baby?
- Why Your Vote Doesn’t Matter
- Obama is Here to Stay
- Problem-Solvers: A New Political Ideal
- The Deception of Consumption
- Why I Opposed the Stimulus Bill
- "I Wish the Government Would Get Something Done!”
- Obama’s inconsistency: The Blindspot of Modern Liberalism
- Condoleezza Rice’s (Mis)Understanding of Our Form of Government
- Reclaiming the Word “Progressive”
- The True Price We Pay For Civilization
- Libertarianism: The Threat and the Opportunity
- The Truth about Conspiracies
- People Who Disagree With Us Aren’t Stupid
- Obama “in His Own Words”
- The Declaration of Dependence
- When Saw We Thee...?
- The Cause of Dreams
- The Proper Role of Citizens
- Stand Up and Be Counted
Appendix: Ten Vital Questions for Free Citizens
- What is the source of man’s rights?
- What are the differences between inalienable and civil rights?
- What is the proper role of government?
- What is the american form of government?
- What are the four foundations of freedom?
- What is more important—culture, or politics and government?
- What are “legitimate foundation” and “legitimate authority” in political philosophy?
- What is the fundamental character of human beings?
- What are the seven major societal forms, or institutions, and what are the roles of each?
- What are the connections between liberty and property?