Mike Lee: Indepensible Constitutional Provisions Have Been Marginalized, Ignored For Too Long

Mike Lee: Indepensible Constitutional Provisions Have Been Marginalized, Ignored For Too Long
Even Alexander Hamilton, who proposed a monarchy, would be shocked by how much power is concentrated in today’s executive branch, argues Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats now make laws that are even too complex for Members of Congress, which has created a system of governance that benefits insiders and lawyers at the expense of everyday Americans.

With his blockbuster new book, Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document, Lee spotlights some of the most important provisions in the Constitution–and the stories behind them–that have been ignored and marginalized, hoping it will spur discussions and help the country reverse course and become less foreign to America’s Founders.

In an extensive interview on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Lee told Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon that “there has been a conscious, deliberate effort over the course of decades to ignore the Constitution, to marginalize it, to make it a document about yesterday, about an agrarian society.”

Lee, one of the Senate’s intellectual heavyweights, said “one of the left’s favorite tricks” is to give off the impression that since the authors of the Constitution tended to grow their own food and travel by horse and buggy, “what they had to say about governing doesn’t matter anymore.” Lee said he wrote the book because the opposite is true, and it has “never been more necessary than right now to have the Constitution and follow it.”

In Our Lost Constitution, the thoughtful and principled Senator tells the stories that “underlie some of the most important provisions of the Constitution” that he believes have been ignored over the years. Lee said once people understand those stories behind provisions like the Origination and the Legislative Powers Clauses, it will be impossible to ignore the document and text and “say that we don’t need it.” He said his father, who was President Ronald Reagan’s Solicitor General and the founding dean of BYU’s law school, always said the Constitution had vertical (federalism) and horizontal (separation of powers) protections, which were the most important parts of the Constitution.
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