I haven’t read Senator Mike Lee’s book, Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document, yet, but George Leef’s recent review at Forbes.com has convinced me I should. George ends his review by saying:
America today is much worse off for having allowed “progressives” and statists to wreck our constitutional framework. We are poorer because government policies that should have been declared unconstitutional have wasted tremendous wealth and diverted energies into seeking favors from Washington.
We are also a far more contentious and divided nation because many issues that should have been left to the states or the people under the Tenth Amendment are now subjects for furious battles in the nation’s capital. Recall that Madison warned about the harm that would come from clashing “factions” if the government’s power were not constrained. Because the constraints have been loosened or even eliminated, we suffer from the precise malady he forecast.
Senator Lee deserves a lot of praise for a learned yet easily read book that explains our predicament.