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Mark Levin Book Evokes Founders' Independent Spirit

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Philosopher Jean-­Jacques Rousseau, who lived from 1712 to 1778. (Georgios Kollidas/Dreamstime)

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Former Reagan administration appointee, talk show host, and conservative scholar Mark Levin asks a very pertinent question regarding our leviathan federal government during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), " . . . how are these people experts? They're part of the Civil Service; they're part of a public sector union, some of them have their jobs because of seniority; some of them have them because of affirmative action . . . So the whole myth that government is filled with these experts who are noble, who are going to improve healthcare and education and so forth, it's been a myth, it's been a lie from day one, from their philosophers, to their thinkers, to their current politicians, like Bernie Sanders."

Levin is convinced conservatives are in a battle of ideas that we are losing.

That’s why he’s written his new book "Rediscovering Americanism," which is already a New York Times bestseller. In his book Levin teaches or rediscovers the philosophy of "natural law" that was the intellectual foundation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Equally important, Levin exposes the philosophy of the "expert class" of big government advocates working tirelessly to undermine both documents.

Levin writes the Founding Fathers believed in the truth of natural law, "There are universal laws, there are universal, eternal truths; right and wrong, good and evil, a moral order. People are to be virtuous, prudential, and be temperate and so forth and so on. What does it mean, these universal truths? These God–given universal truths, man can't make them, man can't take them away, whether it's in the form of a legislature or a dictator or a vote of your community."

Progressives, or leftists, reject this belief in favor of a system of order built by "experts." Beginning with President Woodrow Wilson, the left has sought to replace the Constitution with an invented "living Constitution" that has its air pumped into it by the political fashion of the day. "The early progressives like Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Croly and these fellows — they relied on philosophers like Karl Marx and Georg Friedrich Hegel and Jean-­Jacques Rousseau, all of whom reject the notion of the laws of nature and nature's God," Levin explained.

Wilson comes in for particular scorn from Levin, "He relentlessly attacked the principles of the Declaration of Independence. He dismissed them and he dismissed the Declaration of Independence as a revolutionary document by pioneers that has nothing to do with a modern and complex society as he had to as a progressive."

If you agree with Wilson then this is probably not the book for you. But if you feel that our modern U.S. is missing a coherent philosophical center and you would like to learn more about what Levin feels the Founding Fathers believed and we are missing, then "Rediscovering Americanism" is a great place to start.

And there is no time like now to begin. As Levin warns, ". . . if we do not engage in the battle of ideas — not so much against elites, but elitism — we're going to lose because most societies are formed by the elites, by the intellectuals by the academics whether we like it or not."

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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If you feel that our modern U.S. is missing a coherent philosophical center and you would like to learn more about what the Founding Fathers believed and we are missing, then Mark Levin's "Rediscovering Americanism" is a great place to start.
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