Rob McCoy:  ‘Founders wanted to avoid decisions made on passions, appetites and impulses’

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—“Our founders wanted to avoid decisions made on passions, appetites and impulses,” said Rob McCoy at the Week 5 American Legacy lecture at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Suite 14.  “They wanted reason, debate and patience.  Passions come and go but convictions do not.

“The founders believed our government would last a long time and survive trials and hardships,” said McCoy.  “They were right.  Our government has proven to be very strong.

“We are here (in this room) because there is a seed that you carry, regardless of political affiliation, that cries for freedom.  The imprint in that seed is the DNA of freedom.  Put that seed in the ground.  That seed grows.  It sprouts leaves.  It connects with the sun.  It will reach its full potential.

“The Declaration of Independence gave birth to freedom that was birthed though the DNA of a seed of freedom.”  McCoy stated that the American Constitution “gives effect to consent through representation.”

McCoy spoke about the Constitution to the nearly 300 attendees.  He stated:  Article I addresses the legislative Power in a Congress of the United States (which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives); Article II in the executive Power vested in a President of the United States of America; Article III in the judicial Power vested in one supreme Court; and Article IV addresses the States. “We have lost” this concept “that most power should go to the States.” 

In referencing the Las Vegas shooting, McCoy said “don’t think for a minute that in the course of human events, this world (America) hasn’t been worse, it has been far worse.”  McCoy referenced the Civil War that “tore apart our nation” from 1861-65 and which more than 650,000 American soldiers were killed.

It was at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863 that the Union and Confederate armies lost 51,000 soldiers and was considered the “turning point” of the war as the North prevailed over the South.  It was on Nov. 19, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln would use the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen Union soldiers that he would “redefine the purpose of the Civil war in his historic Gettysburg Address.”

In just over two minutes, Lincoln “reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union with “a new birth of freedom” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens.

“Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality. Beginning with the now-iconic phrase ‘Four score and seven years ago’—referring to the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776—Lincoln examined the founding principles of the United States as stated in the Declaration of Independence. In the context of the Civil War, Lincoln also memorialized the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and extolled virtues for the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America’s representative democracy: that ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’”

 (Editor’s Note:  For complete video link to week 5 of the Legacy Series go to:


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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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