Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on Monday's show to refute the progressive narrative that America's founding documents, in particular the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, are irrelevant in modern-day America.
"Fact or fiction?" Glenn asked.
"Absolute fiction. It's the anti-truth. It's a false doctrine of the first order," replied Lee. "The Declaration of Independence is sort of the spiritual founding document of our country. It provided the feeling of the American people and still supplies that to this day."
"The Constitution is also important because it provides the structure," he continued. "The spirit of our country, what it means to be an American, is still in the Declaration of Independence."
The conversation turned to the question of slavery and how our Founding Father's could have believed that "all men are created equal" when many of them owned slaves. Glenn shared that he has acquired an 1830 engraving of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. According to this draft, Thomas Jefferson originally made a strong case against slavery, but the passage was removed in the final version.
"How is this not being taught in school?" Glenn asked. "How come we don't know that? Because it changes everything, does it not?"
"It certainly does," Lee answered. "I think it gives meaning, first of all, to the early lines within the Declaration of Independence, that these truths are self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that governments are instituted among men to promote and protect these ends."
Watch the video clip above to catch more of this conversation.