Magazine March 19, 2012, Issue

Unlocking the American Mind

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The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It, by Larry P. Arnn (Thomas Nelson, 224 pp., $19.99)

Americans generally recognize that our fiscal affairs are in grave disarray and that we are near bankruptcy. They are aware that the world has grown increasingly dangerous. Yet the gravest problem we face — perhaps the greatest challenge we have ever faced — is the decline of constitutional government in the United States.

“Are you serious? Are you serious?” was then–House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s infamous answer when asked what provision of the Constitution authorizes Congress to require Americans to buy health insurance. Her press spokesman confirmed: “You can put this on the record: That is not a serious question.”

A new Congress,

Matthew Spalding is the associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C., where he is the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Chair in Constitutional Studies.

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