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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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Solution is a bit naive

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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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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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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Good overview of some major Constitutional Issues

This is a very useful introduction to the Federalist perspectives on the Constitution and its interpretation. I like the format of first introducing a person and their background before showing the impact that they had on US Supreme Court decision that still impact us today. I did not like the exclusively Federalat perspective, which often seems to relegate many of our individual rights to the dictates of State Givernment.

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great book

A great book! should be mandatory for all school children and especially anyone entering politics!

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Loved it.

every high schooler should have to listen to this. a must for high school graduation.

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Awesome education

this was an awesome education into our lost Constitution. only lost if we forget it that is and give up trying to resurrect it

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Mike Lee's Communalism a Breath of Fresh Air

A must-read for all Americans, especially patriots and conservatives looking to refine their arguments. Great book, great performance.

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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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Very Informative

I really enjoyed this book and it's insight into the writing of the Constitution and inspiration for portions of it.