Our Lost Constitution
Do you know the heroes and villains behind the pages of the Constitution? This past month on Eagle Forum Live, Phyllis Schlafly interviewed US Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) about the 6 most important provisions of the Constitution.
America’s past is riddled with drama, and the story is still being written. The history of the Constitution includes some colorful characters: a Klu Klux Klan member who ended up on the Supreme Court, an Englishman who inspired a Constitutional amendment in the United States, and an American founder who risked his life to save a political enemy.
Lee’s new book, Our Lost Constitution, tells some of these stories and outlines 6 of the most important clauses in the Constitution, which also happen to be among the most forgotten Constitutional principles. These provisions include the origination clause, the legislative powers clause, and the 4th amendment.
Lee describes Washington as “awash” with people who view the Constitution as a nuisance. He keeps 2 stacks of documents in his US Senate office: the first is 800 pages, a few inches tall, and the second is 11 feet tall and contains more than 80,000 pages. The shorter stack is all the legislation passed by Congress in 2013. The larger stack is all the regulations developed and adopted by federal agencies in the same year. Is it acceptable that only 1% of our laws originate from our elected lawmakers?
Lee criticized Congress for taking advantage of a culture that makes it politically advantageous for lawmakers to punt constitutional questions to the courts instead of thinking through them seriously. The Constitution gives Congress the job of making laws, and with making laws comes the job of ‘drawing lines.’ But when Congress is reluctant to draw lines, unelected bureaucrats are only too glad to draw the lines in American law.
Senator Mike Lee has represented the state of Utah in our nation’s capital since 2012. He is a lawyer and former Supreme Court clerk. You can find the entire conversation between Phyllis Schlafly and Senator Mike Lee by visiting the radio archives page here.
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