Rob McCoy:  ‘Consent gives rise to representation’

By Michael Hernandez

(Editor’s Note:  The American Legacy Series continues with a lecture given by Councilman Rob McCoy every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Suite 14, Newbury Park.  All are welcomed to explore “the origins of our American Government, how it is relevant, and how it is shaping our future.”)

NEWBURY PARK–“All men are created equal.  If we are created equal, then you can only do to me what I agree you can,” said Councilman Rob McCoy on Wednesday, during week 4 of the Legacy Series hosted at Godspeak Calvary Chapel.  “Consent gives rise to representation.  Representation requires a written way for that to happen.”

According to McCoy, the written document is the U.S. Constitution which states in the Preamble:   “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain, and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

McCoy states that in a constitutional republic, “you are the sovereign” which was the radical idea of the time.   “Who was the sovereign in England?  King George III.  He was the executive in England.  He held the power over the legislature.  He held the power over the judicial.”

Abraham Lincoln said:  “A constitutional majority is the only true sovereignty of a free people.”   Because “We the People of the United States are sovereign, we are not allowed to run government.   It is this separation of who is sovereign that protects our country.”

McCoy states the distinction between a constitutional republic and a democracy—which represents mob rule—is important.   It is this distinction that makes the Electoral College important in the election of a President.

“We the People allow representation.  It is this system where we elect an upper house and a lower house that keeps the balance.  If We the People, don’t protect who is sovereign based on the consent of the governed” we will lose the nation.

“If someone is running for office and wants our vote, they need to know the Constitution—the seven articles they wish to protect, the 27 amendments they plan to protect.  If they don’t know the Constitution, do not vote for them.

“The problem is if we don’t know the Constitution, we will lose being sovereign.   We will get a total government or anarchy (political disorder and confusion caused by the absence of any form of political authority).

“The most powerful official of the county use to be the Sheriff” who was charged to “stand in the defense of those who came to unsurp the power of the people.  Today, the government is taking away the freedom of the people but we don’t know what they are taking” because we don’t know the Constitution.

“The first check of government is that we give our consent for representatives to run the government:  it is our responsibility to hold our representatives accountable; but the second check is a check on us:  We don’t run the government.

“This delicate balance between giving consent to others to represent us and we not running the government ourselves” makes a unique form of government—a constitutional republic.

“When the government” assumes sovereignty the “people become oppressed.” McCoy using a white board during his lecture placed “total government” (an oligarchy “government of a few” and which included communism, fascism, socialism and Marxism) on the left.  When we remove government, we have “anarchy” (which he wrote on the right side of the white board).  A constitutional republic was placed in the center by McCoy.

“We can’t have the first Amendment (Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion) without a Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms).”  Look “what Hitler did, he took all guns” and killed his opponents or “put them in prison.”  The government is meant to “protect the citizenry.   Benjamin Franklin said, ‘he who gives up freedom for security, deserves neither.”

McCoy said, “our founders had no intention of creating a pure majority rule democracy.  Pure democracies do not work, they implode.   Bare majorities can tyrannize the rest of the country.

“We have an Electoral College so that the many different types of voters from different regions” will select a President—“not just the biggest cities nor the biggest states.  This makes every voter in every state important.   It makes it harder to steal elections. 

“In a diverse republic we are protected against the tyranny of the majority.”  Our representatives are “encourage to build coalitions.”  

“Our Republic cannot survive without a moral people that understands that rights come from God—that our founding principles are Judeo-Christian—that understands the dignity of man.”

(Editor’s Note:  For complete video link to week 4 of the Legacy Series go to:

 Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

 Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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