Review: Uncommon Sense A Common Citizen’s Guide to Rebuilding America

Uncommon Sense A Common Citizen's Guide to Rebuilding AmericaIf our education were deep and broad enough we wouldn’t have to ask ” but what can I do?!”

Uncommon Sense A Common Citizen’s Guide to Rebuilding America by Stephen Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the opening pages, Stephen Palmer explains why the US is primed for a French Revolution scenario. Anger and frustration exceed reason and preparation. We desperately need a populace that gains wisdom through self-education. Without that, we are doomed to dig deeper into our trenches of bipartisan bickering, while our sociopolitical situation continues to crumble.

It’s easy to see the problems facing our generation and the next: immense personal and national debt, constant warfare, broken families, a massive income gap, high levels of unemployment, and a monstrous dose of fear and misinformation to stir it all around.

Many ask, “but what can I do?!”

Palmer writes, “This is my core message: Fixing ourselves as individuals is what fixes the world.”

Many hear this and reply, “‘Yeah, we get it. But what do we actually do about it?’ To those I humbly repeat, ‘Continue working on yourself and your education.’ If our education were deep and broad enough we wouldn’t have to ask that question.”

Let me repeat his words: If our education were deep and broad enough we woulnd’t have to ask ” but what can I do?!”

This book dives into the different areas where personal virtue and responsibility are key to turning things around. Palmer thoroughly recognizes the importance of individuals rising to the challenge to be the change they want to see in the world, and the way he shares the message is informative and inspiring.

We are all meant to be great and do great things. I believe that God put us where He did, when He did, and with the personality and talents He did so that we could be the answer to the problems around us, the comfort to those in need around us, and a light to those in hunger for hope and direction.

Palmer quotes Winston Churchill:

To every man there comes… that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him and fitted to his talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.

Palmer then adds:

Greatness does not mean perfection…it means …submission to God and dedication to a noble cause. It means that we strive to do good in the world every day-not because we’re flawless Super Men and Women, but in the face of and despite our weaknesses. It means to accept the responsibility to do something good…It means to focus on changing ourselves, rather than others.

The best we can do is place ourselves in a position to receive guidance and inspiration from a higher source. If we have the courage to act, God can compensate for our weaknesses and make us great…

But this compensation does not come without a price. It comes at the cost of reading books when we’d rather watch TV. It comes at the cost of studying books and subjects that we’re not interested in, but that make all the difference to our freedom. It comes at the cost of shunning temptation, even when nobody will ever know. It comes at the cost of choosing love over fear and service over anger.

It comes at the cost of raising families, rather than giving in to selfishness. It comes at the cost of choosing personal responsibility over dependence and courage over apathy. It comes at the cost of choosing honesty over greed and deceit. It comes at the cost of taking the road less traveled.

Most importantly, it comes at the cost of obeying the still, small voice that calls us to greatness, when our natural self screams, “What are you thinking?! You’re going to get made fun of. You’re going to get hurt. It’s going to be too difficult. Who do you think you are anyway?!”

May we all be willing to rise up and be producers, problem solvers, and men and women of virtue and wisdom. May we be willing to pay the price to become such.

This book hits the nail on the head! Nothing is overdone, and nothing is missing. I enjoyed every page and the discussions and thoughts that they started.

Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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About Jonathan

I am a man whose life has been profoundly changed by a beautiful woman, 5 amazing kids, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and Leadership Education.
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