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Our Lost Constitution Audiobook

Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document

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The still-unfolding story of America's Constitution is a history of heroes and villains - the flawed visionaries who inspired and crafted liberty's safeguards, and the shortsighted opportunists who defied them. Those stories are known by few today.

In Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution's most indispensable provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution. For example:

  • The Origination Clause says that all bills to raise taxes must originate in the House of Representatives, but contempt for the clause ensured the passage of Obamacare.
  • The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures, but the NSA now collects our private data without a warrant.
  • The Legislative Powers Clause means that only Congress can pass laws, but unelected agencies now produce 99 out of every 100 of legal rules imposed on the American people.

Lee's cast of characters includes a former Ku Klux Klansman, who hijacked the Establishment Clause to strangle Catholic schools; the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who called the Second Amendment a fraud; and the revered president who began his first of four terms by threating to shatter the balance of power between Congress and the president, and who began his second term by vowing to do the same to the Supreme Court.

Fortunately, the Constitution has always had its defenders. Senator Lee tells the story of how Andrew Jackson, noted for his courage in duels and politics, stood firm against the unconstitutional expansion of federal powers. He brings to life Ben Franklin's genius for compromise at a deeply divided constitutional convention.

©2015 Mike Lee (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC

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    jjs007 09-09-16
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    "A Must Read for all Freedom Loving Americans!"

    Senator Lee makes clear the Original Intent of our Founders, supported by historical facts. He then masterfully illustrates the point in history where we skewed from that intent, and explains means by which We The People can begin to restore that intent. While I don't share Senator Lee's faith and optimism, I do admire his commitment to his oath to defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States! ThankYou Senator, for all you do.

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    Will 08-07-16
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    Senator Lee is right on when it comes to the founders perspective of our Constitution and its subversion by a power hungry government. However, I don't share his hopes that a few good men can restore the powers, the federal government has extracted for itself, to the people. Jefferson was right: "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. This process is only reversible by a revolution."

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    Oak Norton 05-14-16
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    "Great insight"

    I really appreciated this book by Senator Mike Lee. His research into the various topics was a fascinating look into the background behind the scenes as he set the stage for how the Constitution was subverted by various people. the book isn't overly long but it does cover a broad examination of critical areas where we have lost our Liberty and given far too much power to the government. If we are to be a people who self-govern we must take back our rights, or else concede that we have none but what the government tells us we have.

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    Shane 05-08-16
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    "Great Book"

    PRO: I really enjoyed this substantive book which provides stories from the past, and then ties those stories directly to today's constitutional debates. The stories have had a way of sticking with me.

    CON: I believe that the author did a better job of narrating than the narrator, so I wish that he would have read the entire book.

    OVERALL: I would strongly recommend this book. There was a very natural flow that made it difficult for me to stop listening. This natural flow made it easy for me to focus on some of the more complex issues discussed, and the overall result was that the details stuck with me.

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    Brandon 05-21-15
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    "Must read/listen"

    Nothing more can be said than if you're a true American and care about the well being of this Union, this is way more than worth your time.

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    Scott chandler 04-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It's about time"

    It's about time a politician fight for the constitution! Towards the end the author talks about what questions we should ask would be politicians to understand how they see the constitution! Mike Lee for Supreme Court!

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    alee2012 11-22-16
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    "A must read for every American"

    This is a must read for everyone. Want to know why the constitution is important, and why it must be preserved? This book explains it wonderfully.

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    William Michael Brauer 11-20-16
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    "Excellent, historically factual"

    every American should have read this entire book as well as the Constitution itself before being allowed to graduate high school. In addition to excellent content, the narrator's voice is extremely clear and easy to understand.

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    J. Pierson MA, United States 11-17-16
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    "Loaded with great info about the constitution"

    Senator Lee does an outstanding job of outlining the history and future of Americas Constitution. I have become a bit of a history buff and more politically active of late and I wanted to learn more about the constitution. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was, in addition to being very well written, loaded with HISTORY about the constitution. I was anticipating a somewhat biased view but having learned more about Sen. Lee, bias is not in his nature having sponsored several bipartisan bills in congress. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants not only to learn about the modern day implications the document has on everyday life, but the history as to the "Hows and Whys" it was written the way it was.

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    tubs14 11-10-16
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    "excellent insight!"

    excellent insight on the truth of how the constitution is being battered by the radical left and Obama's unconstitutional mandates.

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