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Sen. Lee Blasts Supreme Court, White House for 'Subversion' of Constitution

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By    |   Friday, 03 Apr 2015 09:19 AM

The Supreme Court, the White House, and, in some cases Congress, have systematically subverted the Constitution and treated it like a "nuisance," said Sen. Mike Lee.

In his new book, "Our Lost Constitution," the Utah Republican outlines a number of cases in which all three branches of government have undermined the Constitution, in some cases deliberately and in others due to laziness and stupidity, The Washington Examiner reported.

"Many Americans probably assume that our lawmakers understand our founding document and are devoted to defending it," Lee wrote, according to the Examiner which obtained an advance copy. "Unfortunately, that assumption is in many ways incorrect."

He added, "The truth is that our Constitution is being subverted by many of the very people who have solemnly sworn to protect it."

The 256-page book published by the Penguin imprint Sentinel is written as mini-histories about constitutional provisions he feels have been violated along with an explanation of their intent.

"Only about 1 percent of the rules we must live by are enacted by the most accountable branch of government — Congress," Lee wrote, adding that it routinely "ducks and dodges" difficult decisions that require an understanding of the Constitution. The result, he says, is that the government bureaucracy is given the power to decide how laws and regulations are implemented.

The book has already been praised by constitutional scholars, according to the Examiner. Lee will be embarking on a book tour starting with major stops in New York.

Penguin said the book details the "dramatic stories behind the most neglected parts of the Constitution, from Alexander Hamilton to Barack Obama."

In the book, Lee gives the example of the abandonment of the Origination Clause in 1892, which says that all bills to raise taxes must originate in the House. He said the eventual result was Obamacare.

Lee is a former Utah federal prosecutor who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito before he joined the high court. A strong defender of the Constitution, he is a tea party favorite who won his seat after defeating three-term GOP Sen. Bob Bennett in 2010.

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