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:
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.
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
I learned immensely about our founding document. It is imperative that we protect it. Our republic is young. It will not last if we don't know the principles upon which it was founded.
Our founding fathers feared a future ruled by a two party system that would inevitably silence opposing and minority views. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights are as relevant and important in 2016 as they were when drafted and ratified. Until our country experiences a Renaissance of Liberty and returns to our core founding and guiding principles I fear that misguided men and women will rule the day and our collective futures.
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