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THE COMMON MAN - God, Home, Country

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18 KJV

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the People." Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

"I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution...What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were to be taken in its modern sense." President James Madison, Architect of the U.S. Constitution


As American as apple pie, The Common Man (soft cover, 308 pages) is the most important new book of our lifetime. I feel so strongly that you must read it that if you can't afford it, as long as supplies last I'll send it to you for free with no strings attached, not even postage.

Hi. I'm Melvin Valkner, CPA (brief biography is below). I didn't set out to write a book. Years after returning from Vietnam, I just started journaling, trying to make sense of life. Then after a very vivid dream night I felt a calling by God to seek Constitutional Solutions for our nation's political ills. What I found surprised me, and I'm sure will enlighten you. Even with more than 60 footnotes, The Common Man is not dry academic research. Wonderfully entertaining, this is a book you can't put down.

Professionally reviewers can't believe it's true. They try to explain it as a novel, fiction posing as a memoir. But that's false. Every word of The Common Man is factual.

The first half of the book, God & Home, is my testimony of accepting Christ as Lord and doing my best to follow his teachings. He said we would have tribulation. Enduring the death of a child, several business failures and job losses, I have proof this is true. Life can be very tough.

The second half, God & Country, has a central message about restoring The American Dream and liberty to the People. More than what happened, we need a vision to get out of this mess. More than a book, The Common Man is a revolutionary, galvanized movement.

The American People are being scammed. I've been told, "This is the stuff martyrs are made of." Big business, big unions, big banks and big politicians aren't going to like this book. Here is a small sampling of the many nuggets of truth in The Common Man.

1) Proof that for over a hundred years the Progressives have failed in their efforts to lead the U.S. to prosperity by raising the effective personal tax rates from 8% to nearly 40% (at the same time ringing up a huge federal debt all made possible by the Federal Reserve which is owned by private banks).

2)  Proof that paying debt service (interest and principal) on the $27 trillion in federal debt forecast by the Obama Administration will require a preposterous 75% of all current federal revenue.

3)  Proof that since being taken off the Gold and Silver Standard in 1965 the value of the U.S. dollar has depreciated by nearly 90%. (Is this their intent? What will you do when the dollar is worthless?)

4)  Proof that Mr. Barack Obama, Mr. Ted Cruz, Mr. Bobby Jindal and Mr. Marco Rubio are all ineligible to be President according to reference materials used at the time of writing the U.S. Constitution.

5)  Proof that the U.S. Government is purposely prohibiting the free exercise of religion in violation of the First Amendment.

Please understand The Common Man is both a book and a plan. You must read the book to fully understand The Common Man Plan. Once you understand the book, my hope is that you will be motivated to help do what must be done - and this will take years of focused efforts.

Mission Statement: The Common Man is dedicated to restoration of The American Dream.

The Situation: We find ourselves in a dilemma. Under the banner of the Progressive Movement heralding an enormous central (federal) government as the answer to certain problems, intricately connected events beginning in 1913 dramatically transferred political, religious and economic power from the local communities and states to Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, most within the Democratic and Republican parties have lost touch with The Common Man.

And "Third Parties” such as the Constitution Party and its state affiliates do not have the membership to challenge the “Establishment.” Churches are asleep, unaware of their power and the political repercussions of inaction. Tea Parties are trying hard, close to having the answer, but need a deeper understanding of Constitutional principles espoused by the Founding Fathers.

While a plethora of groups are active, none have the vision of The Common Man.

The Common Man Goal:

A movement, the Second American Revolution is underway. At its end, our government will either be renewed in the type envisioned by the Founders with liberty prevailing or it will be part of a regional One World Government warned about in the Bible with the inevitable "mark of the beast." Violence is not necessary for renewal and is not endorsed.

The Common Man strives to "Educate, Elevate & Empower," to offer a common vision to unite the citizenry.  We are not interested in usurping power over local groups. We only want you to join the membership of The Common Man Plan. A myriad of local groups should remain independent yet act in unity. This movement is not based on one particular political party, or other affiliation, but relies on the individual voter and each elected official to support the below principles:

Repeal of the 16th Amendment ratified in 1913, and,

Repeal of the 17th Amendment ratified in 1913, and,

Abolishment of the Federal Reserve System created in 1913, and,

Pay off the National Debt, and

Restore backing of the U.S. Currency by the “Gold and Silver Standard," and,

Elimination of all laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion per the First Amendment.

Some have said doing the above is impossible. They may be right. But it's not up to them. With God's help it's up to you.

Free Copies of The Common Man:

The plan is to distribute The Common Man book as widely as possible from the nation’s leaders down to high school students, for free if necessary, with the purpose of leading educated citizens with united, coherent action to restore The American Dream.

Again, this is one of those books you can't put down, humorous, absorbing and inspiring, woven together by the thread of life. This is not dry academic research, but a book filled with engaging and interesting stories having the twists and turns of a great novel – except it is all true. Early reader comments are enthusiastic: “What a Character,” “Fascinating,” “Can’t wait to get home and read more!” and “Should be required reading for high school civics.”

Obviously, there is a substantial cost to distributing The Common Man for free and we are dependent on people like you enjoying it, paying for a copy if you can, wanting to help educate others and being willing to “pay it forward.” So, besides being offered for free, The Common Man is offered for sale on this site and we actively solicit contributions.That is, making a contribution so the next guy can get one for free. Additionally, there are many events being planned such as contacting federal and state officials, organizing repeal drives, petitions, etc. of which need support.

The Common Man book is shipped for free on a first-come, first-served basis as our ability permits. To order a copy of The Common Man book, click on Order Book menu item at top of page. All rights are reserved.

The Common Man can also be purchased on Amazon for $14.99 plus shipping. If you order The Common Man book via this website for $17 including shipping, the book will be autographed.

Most importantly of all, we hope you "Understand the Vision" and tell others. Are you ready for renewal? Don’t just complain. Do something. Will you join us to turn this nation around? Read the book, The Common Man, then decide.

Membership with monthly newsletter is free.

Book Testimonies:

What a c
haracter! - Rich Bowman

A fasc
inating story, enjoyed it - Joe Sanger

Finally, someone who has a clue - Richard Henderson

Can't wait to get home and read more - Melissa Ball

You have experienced much, thank you for sharing - John Briggs

Cannot help but be compelled to a clear course of action - TL Adamson

About Mel Valkner:


Mel Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the dou
ble majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party.

Mel Valkner is President of The Common Man that is dedicated to restoring The American Dream.

The Common Man® is a registered trademark of Melvin Valkner.

Melvin Valkner, The Common Man available in printed copy on TheCommonMan.org and both Kindle eBook and printed copy on Amazon.

Ben Franklin said, “It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel.”


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Nuggets of Wisdom

“Our freedom of choice in a competitive society rests on the fact that, if one person refuses to satisfy our wishes, we can turn to another...In a directed [centrally planned] economy, where the authority watches over the ends pursued, it is certain that it would use its powers to assist some ends and to prevent the realization of others. Not our own view, but somebody else's, of what we ought to like or dislike would determine what we should get.” F.A. Hayek, “The Road to Serfdom”

“If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep your health insurance plan, period.” President Barack Obama

f Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one...The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite...Our Governmental System is established by a compact, not between the Government of the United States, and the State Governments; but between the States, as sovereign communities. President James Madison, “Architect of the Constitution”

“The only real threat to freedom in the United States is the government under which we live. Neither socialism as an idea nor communism as the governmental system of an enemy nation poses any real threat to our way of life - until people with socialistic ideas get their hands on levers of political power in the United States.” Dan Smoots, "People Along the Way"

We Christians are bringing about the downfall of the Nation. We are willing to be led by the ungodly and unscrupulous with a disdain of the Gospel. Mel Valkner