Book Review: Our Lost Constitution

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.

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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.

Join Sen. Mike Lee in the fight to restore our Constitution by liking the book's official Facebook page and spreading the word about our amazing Constitution.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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