Utah Sen. Mike Lee is a nerd, and he fully embraces the moniker.
In his new book, Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document, the senator geeks out, his love for the Constitution oozing off the page.
Ever the buttoned-up statesman, Lee gives us a peek at his youthful exploits in the introduction, which is not to be skipped. The elaborate story involves an 11- or 12-year-old Mike home alone with his sister, a busload of pro-choice protestors, the on/off switch for lawn sprinklers and a stash of illegal fireworks.
Growing up with a father who would become the U.S. Solicitor General and argue cases before the Supreme Court, Lee shares how his upbringing shaped him. Naturally, family disputes were settled by each party making their case. Lee would also learn to understand and revere the Constitution watching his Dad argue cases in the highest courts in the land.
From the outset of Our Lost Constitution, Lee is straightforward about taking a few liberties when imagining daily life for our Founders, especially at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. But he also found the true stories more dramatic than anything he could have imagined.
The book --- chock-full of details, unbridled passion and reverence for our nation's Founding document --- is masterfully written and makes you feel as if Lee himself is reading it to you. He weaves the story brilliantly throughout American history, from our nation's Founding to FDR's era to today.
It's not all sunshine and lollipops, though. Lee shines a light on the corruption and willful subversion of the Constitution today. Whether giving more power to the Executive Branch than the Founders intended or passing legislation so Americans can see what's in it, Lee shows the abuses our leaders have committed to amass more power.
He also makes the case that Americans can solve many of our problems with three words.
“All they need is the ability to recognize deprivations of the Constitution when they arise, and just as importantly, to be able to trigger three words: THIS IS WHY,” Lee said recently on The Glenn Beck Program. “This is why we have the Fourth Amendment. This is why we have the Legislative Powers Clause. This is why we have the Origination Clause.”
In the chapter titled, "The Compromise That Saved the Constitutional Convention," Lee examines the conversations and compromises required to pass the miracle we know as the Constitution, comparing their arguments to today's and showing that conversations and compromises can change the world.
“We can still win this. But we’ve got to win the conversation. We have to have the conversation in the first place,” Lee said. “That conversation hasn’t been taking place because our schools don’t teach civics anymore like they used to. They don’t teach the stories behind our Constitution.”
Lee might be a constitutional geek, a lawyer and a United States Senator, but the role he adds to his resume in Our Lost Constitution is that of storyteller, effortlessly embracing the opportunity to share his love for our nation's Founders and their work in crafting an unparalleled document.
Our Lost Constitution is a must-read for any constitutionalist and all freedom-loving people. Lee provides a compelling case for returning to the original principles and values our Founders laid out.
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