Reintroducing Americans to the Constitution and the Founders’ vision of limited government is the key to reining in government, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said last week at The Heritage Foundation.
In his new book, Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document, Lee notes five important constitutional provisions that have been “forgotten” in today’s America:
- The Origination Clause—“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
- The Legislative Powers Clause—“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
- The Establishment Clause—“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
- The Fourth Amendment—“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
- The Tenth Amendment—“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Lee’s book is far from a textbook on the Constitution, Heritage legal scholar Hans von Spakovsky writes in his review of the book–he keeps these important lessons lively with stories that illustrate the importance of these provisions to the Founding.
You can watch Sen. Mike Lee talk about his book at the Heritage Foundation here.
Do you think restoring these “forgotten” provisions will help us get America back on track? Tell us in the comments.