Senator Mike Lee of Utah is making a strong statement to voters about the importance of understanding the principles on which our nation was built.
In his new book Our Lost Constitution (Sentinel; April 7, 2015), Senator Lee describes the rise and fall of six of the Constitution’s most indispensible provisions, making vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this founding document.
The book, full of fascinating and little-known stories from 250 years of history, is part of Senator Lee’s effort to solve a major problem pervasive among Americans as well as their elected officials: ignorance about the rights our country was founded on, why they were so important to our founders, and the moments in history that resulted in their misappropriation.
The history of the Constitution has its villains, Lee explains, such as 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 a President striving to shatter the balance of power between Congress and the President. But it also has its heroes, from Andrew Jackson and Ben Franklin to a couple of unlikely challengers defending the Second Amendment in 2008.
Our Lost Constitution will remind readers why our ancestors fought for freedom from unwarranted search and seizure, the means to protect ourselves, and elected officials who would control spending. It explains how those rights were taken and what we can do about it. Drawing on his experience working in all three branches of government, Senator Lee makes a bold case for resurrecting the Lost Constitution to restore and defend our fundamental liberties.
Thanks for considering,
Senior Publicist, Sentinel
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is chairman of the Senate Steering Committee and an appointed adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A former Supreme Court clerk, he serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Armed Services Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. He lives with his family in Alpine, Utah.