Mark Levin’s ‘Rediscovering Americanism’

By David Limbaugh

Mark Levin
Mark Levin
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David Limbaugh

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- My friend Mark Levin is nothing if not a patriot of the first order.

He loves the United States and its founding principles — and his latest book, “Rediscovering Americanism,” explains his passion and encourages ours.

Levin believes that America's greatness lies in its unique founding ideals and correctly observes — and documents — how far we've strayed from those principles and the structure of government they inspired.

In his other books, Levin has outlined the problems confronting us and proposed solutions, but in this book, he takes a deeper look into the Framers' vision and examines the anatomy and historical development of the pernicious progressive mindset that has systematically chipped away at our governmental structure and our liberties.

Rediscovering Americanism by Mark Levin

This book is remarkable in its simultaneous succinctness and thoroughness. It's hard to fathom how Levin could have adeptly covered so much important, relevant material in a relatively short book. But he did.

Why would Levin take us on this historical tour of our nation's competing political and philosophical ideas? Haven't we moved beyond such considerations in the modern age, with the federal government micromanaging so many aspects of our lives? Do these lofty notions even matter anymore in our modern era of short attention spans, sound bites and our endless obsession with daily polling? Why contemplate the proper role of government when our ruling class rarely concerns itself with preserving our liberties, when the Washington establishment rarely focuses on whether government has the authority to act but fights instead over the most efficient way it should act?

The answer is that Levin understands that our belief and confidence in our founding principles and our steadfast commitment to them are essential to preserving our individual liberties, our prosperity and our national uniqueness and greatness. In Levin's words, “philosophy and practical politics are linked and, therefore, have a real effect on the life of the individual.” As our history has increasingly demonstrated, we cannot preserve our constitutional structure — and thus our liberties and the rest — if we do not understand and embrace its necessity. For our failure to grasp that truth has resulted in the steady erosion of the system built on it.

Levin is convinced that unless we have a national reawakening of the indispensability of our first principles, we will continue our march toward statism and squander the blessings bestowed on us by our visionary ancestors.

“What will (future generations) say about us?” he asks. “Will they say that we were a wise and conscientious people who understood and appreciated the blessings of our existence and surroundings and prudentially and conscientiously cared for them; or will they say we were a self-indulgent and inattentive people, easily shepherded in one direction or another, who stole the future from our own children and generations yet born, and squandered an irreplaceable heritage?”

In other words, our remarkable system of government, despite its brilliance, is not self-sustaining. An intellectually lazy and spiritually negligent body politic will not nurture and care for this gift, and it will continue to descend by incremental steps into tyranny beyond the point of redemption.

By reintroducing us to our founding ideas and their importance, Levin is both sounding an alarm over the threats that imperil us and calling on us to man our battle stations by first understanding the gravity of our predicament and then arming ourselves with a true understanding of our national uniqueness.

In Chapter 1, Levin unpacks the concept of natural law (and natural rights) — “the foundational principle at the core of American society.” This principle “permeated American thought from the beginning of our republic and well before.”

Rediscovering Americanism by Mark Levin
Rediscovering Americanism by Mark Levin

As clearly and firmly reflected in the Declaration of Independence, all men are created equal by God and have certain unalienable rights. These rights are universal to all men and are divine and spiritual in origin — not government constructs — and thus no government has the right to deny them. Levin shows further the importance of the rule of law, the mutual dependence between private property and freedom, and the interrelationship between economic liberty and political liberty.

The Framers designed our system to preserve these rights (and liberties), thus crafting a constitution that empowered and limited government — with those powers and limitations each designed to achieve the overarching goal of establishing and preserving our individual liberties. The Framers understood that mankind is imperfect and that a government led by imperfect people would, unless checked, tyrannize citizens and swallow their liberties.

Progressives, on the other hand, believe that mankind is perfectible and that centralized government is the means to achieving this social engineering, and they have been working steadily toward that goal in America for more than a century.

Whereas our Framers ardently believed that mankind's natural rights are transcendent and that the principles they enshrined in the Constitution are also timeless, progressives have always been convinced that our founding principles and documents were applicable only to their unique historical setting and that our system must constantly evolve to accommodate the changing times.

The tragic irony is that our short national history has vindicated the Framers and exposed the folly of the progressives, who are still in denial that their arrogant attempts to engineer human perfection through expansive government — particularly the runaway administrative state — have resulted in a stunning erosion of our liberties.

Unless we dismantle the federal leviathan and its suffocating bureaucracy, we'll slide ever further — and irreversibly — into tyranny. Unless we “rediscover” our “Americanism,” we can't conceivably resurrect and sustain our liberties.

Read this book and rediscover.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is “Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.” Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com.

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    Donald L. Cline
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    Donald L. Cline

    Once again, and for the last time, out of sequence for lack of a “Reply” button: “Amendment 17 is not illegal under Article 5 as it does not deprive any state of one or both of it’s required Senate representation(Suffrage). ” That is a common error of those who have not studied the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and the writings of the founders. I will disabuse you of that notion right now, briefly, then I will get on to my work: The United States Constitution is internally self-consistent, and it never — ever — fails to distinguish the “States”… Read more »

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    @Donald Cline “That is a common error of those who have not studied the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and the writings of the founders. I will disabuse you of that notion right now, briefly, then I will get on to my work” Umm, no, I have studied. I also include more than just the Federalist papers, as the entirety of personal writings of the founders including the Anti-Federalist papers must be considered. However, if you are disagreeing with me on that, I was quoting directly out of the Constitution. Get a copy and read it. It’s in plain English,… Read more »

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    Ratifying states for the 17th Amendment (The Traitors) 1. Arizona, 2. Arkansas, 3. California, 4. Colorado, 5. Connecticut, 6. Delaware, 7. Idaho, 8. Illinois, 9. Indiana, 10. Iowa, 11. Kansas, 12. Louisiana, 13. Maine, 14. Massachusetts, 15. Michigan, 16. Minnesota, 17. Missouri, 18. Montana, 19. Nebraska, 20. Nevada, 21. New Hampshire, 22. New Jersey, 23. New Mexico, 24. New York, 25. North Carolina, 26. North Dakota, 27. Ohio, 28. Oklahoma, 29. Oregon, 30. Pennsylvania, 31. South Dakota, 32. Tennessee, 33. Texas, 34. Vermont, 35. Washington, 36. West Virginia, 37. Wisconsin, 38. Wyoming States that did not participate (For Various Reasons,… Read more »

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    @VE Vet. I agree wholeheartedly with your post. You and I both remember the days when this country was much more focused on helping their fellow man rather than screwing him and lording over him. We never locked our doors because we had no reason to. All this immigration is changing the fabric of the country and not in a positive way.

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    It shouldn’t be either/or. Some changes were necessary. The end of the robber barons and their monopolies; increased voter rights; unions, which gave us fairer wages and benefits; an end to child labor are examples. Yes, at times we’ve gone too far left but sometimes a little bit is good. Who wants to go back, for instance, to the turn of the last century?

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Larry, you left out the bad parts about the unions though. If you want to champion the success, you have to accept the faults that went along with it. If you want to say it is actually better now, lets look at this comparatively. 1.Illegal Racketeering, intimidation, and takeover of private businesses. 2. Higher business costs 3. Higher Consumer costs from a business being forced to spend more. 4. Problem workers cannot be instantly removed anymore without Union mediation. 5. Unions have destroyed businesses, and caused taxpayer funded bailouts 6. “Safety” is no longer the main concern of a Union,… Read more »

    Donald L. Cline
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    Donald L. Cline

    While I certainly agree with your premise about the money — caused primarily by the theft of our gold and silver Coin and its replacement with worthless fiat currency which can be printed without end — I have to take exception to your comment about “did anyone put a gun to a parent or child’s head and force them to work?” Yes, they did. It is called, “you don’ work, you don’ eat.” It is an absolute necessity to work at something to survive. Working for a living is not the free choice your thesis makes it out to be… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    “You Don’t work, you Don’t eat” is not a gun to the head. In fact, if you are someone who considers yourself a Christian, it is simple biblical principle. Laziness is a sin. Now if someone prevents someone from being able to make a living that is a different nature. If those companies came in and stopped someone from opening a business on their own, you could call it a gun to the head. If they kept them from leaving town physically to search for better work, you could call it that. If they kept them from farming their own… Read more »

    Donald L. Cline
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    Donald L. Cline

    The really silly aspect of our disagreement is that for the most part we agree, and we differ only in a few perspectives. Also, my parenthetical comment “unless you are a Democrat” was intended as a general population ‘you,’ not a specific ‘you.’ Your (Biblical) perspective: No one is forcing anyone to work for a living; people have the option of figuring out how to survive or they can just die, and you support this perspective with a Biblical reference excoriating the latter option as “laziness” – when in fact the Bible teaches compassion and charity for those ‘less fortunate,’… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Donald, the way you came across is what is at issue. Please go back and read where you said “I have to take exception to your comment”, as that is what made it come across that way. And My biblical reasoning is accurate, allow me to explain. Please, if you question it, read through all of it, print it out, and take it to a few priests/pastors and sit down with them and go through it. First, I would advise you to read the book of Proverbs and what it has to say about laziness. (You run into the word… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    I’m about to share my Principles with you mr Cline, and explain why I call myself a constitutionalist. 1. God first. 2. Constitution(which I recognize as being the charter established by the Covenant this nation made before God, the Declaration of Independence) 3. Family/Friends/Neighbors 4. Myself 5. The US Government and everything else comes in dead last. If it looks familiar, it should if you are a fan of sports. Now, since they are principles, not one of those things can jump ahead of another and take its place. They are stone firm. I am a Constitutionalist to the point… Read more »

    Donald L. Cline
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    Donald L. Cline

    We have run out of the reply tree branches, so this must be posted out of index. My Response to your first: “You cannot take one and say “I like this part, but God you got this whole other part all wrong so I am just going to ignore it.” Yes, I can. I can say anything I wish. I can live my life as I wish. I can worship God and Christ as I wish, not as you wish. And thou shalt not judge. “Rule number one as a Christian is “All have sinned and fallen short of the… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    Donald. 1. On picking and Choosing what is ok biblically. I never said you had to believe it, or that I would force you. Just that the bible is very clear about what it says and what you have to do if you are going to be a Christian. It was Jesus who said “The only way to the father is through me” and “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    First, we have to address why I am saying the Constitution is a charter. Lets turn to what created the separate states in the first place. The Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is… Read more »

    Donald L. Cline
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    Donald L. Cline

    Again, the lack of a ‘Reply’ to your last message requires me to respond out of the proper index: “1. I never said you had to believe it, or that I would force you.” No, you just assumed that I would accept your assumptions as the Gospel, and expressed your assumption as fact that if I did not buy into your assumptions I was not a Christian. My response was to make you aware that you don’t get to say whether I am a Christian or not. It is insufferably arrogant of you to do so. That is true regardless… Read more »

    Larry Brickey
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    A hundred years ago the average lifespan was 40. There was no overtime pay. There were few benefit programs. Credit was hard to get. There were still kids working full time hours. Yes, the unions, as institutions often do, went too far, but without them the average worker would have been worse off IMO.

    Pure Capitalism works no better than Communism. Neither gives due consideration to human nature. I tend to agree with TR on wages. Some sort of oversight must exist on all institutions, including unions, corporations and government.

    The Revelator
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    Larry Brickey, Seems my second post has not been moderated yet. I will tell you straight out that I do not believe in Oversight other than that practiced by individual citizens. It’s our duty, not the government’s That is the way a Free market works. It gave us people like Andrew Carnegie, who spent the later years of his life trying to give much of his wealth away. John D. Rockefeller did the same thing(Not that I agree with everything he did) funding projects all across the country. Henry Ford always felt his workers were family to him and said… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    by the way, Thank you for posting again. We may not agree on everything, but at least we can have a civil discussion about it. I was not attempting to be mean spirited in my original reply to you, and I think you understood that. That is the heart of honest debate.

    God Bless, and enjoy your weekend Larry.

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    I’m neither a student of the Constitution or Economics but I stand by my observations. Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Ok, I’m going to answer your points with each corresponding number. I will try to keep it as simple as possible to avoid confusion as well.(Not talking down to you, will explain at the end) 1. First of all, we are talking about the Christian Bible.. It is the bible that is used for teaching in all protestant churches in the US(The Catholic bible has a few extra chapters on church doctrine), and traces its history to the Geneva Bible of 1560. Second, it’s not about what I am saying. It’s about what Christ said, and as I have shown… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    Ammoland website freaked out on me again, and jumped the comment this was supposed to be posted under. Ok, I’m going to answer your points with each corresponding number. I will try to keep it as simple as possible to avoid confusion as well.(Not talking down to you, will explain at the end) 1. First of all, we are talking about the Christian Bible.. It is the bible that is used for teaching in all protestant churches in the US(The Catholic bible has a few extra chapters on church doctrine), and traces its history to the Geneva Bible of 1560.… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    To the moderators, please delete the duplicate comment, apparently something is going on with the website tonight.

    Donald
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    Donald

    VE Veteran, I could not agree with you more well said!!

    hoggiesan
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    hoggiesan

    Americanism hate that term. We are Americans in one since as well as Mexicans are Americans, central Americans are Americans and Canadians are Americans, don’t forget the South Americans. But we are U.S. Citizens, of these United States of America.

    VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
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    VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

    Once again our resident leftist troll comes out from his Mommy’s basement and tries to add his excrescence to the conversation. Pay him no mind folks – he’s probably just had his dosage of Chairman Mao, Karl Marx, Vladimir Iilych Lenin and Josef Dugashvilii (Stalin) today. It cleans like a white tornado donchaknow.

    VT Patriot
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    VEV, if you’re referring to GFYG, I agree. I try not to address ‘it’ directly as every response to ‘it’s’ trash means another donation from george sorass to GFYG’s basement lair. ‘It’ knows that he is on the wrong website for any constructive dialog, so ‘it’s’ only purpose is to throw feces into the punch bowl. After all, the trolls need to survive, so a check from georgy boy is better than nothing. Eventually, if we just ignore ‘it’, it will return to ‘its’ LBGTQRST sites where his courage is appreciated. Just visualize ‘it’ sitting there with ‘its’ pink ‘kitty’… Read more »

    VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
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    VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

    I was. Very prescient of you sir.

    Gil
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    Gil

    Levin believes the U.S. is meant for Conservative Christians only.

    Donald L. Cline
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    Donald L. Cline

    Levin believes the U.S. is for Constitutionalists only. Too bad for you that ‘Conservative Christians’ seem to be the only ones meeting that standard.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Next flight to Canada departs in 10 minutes. You won’t be missed. Buh-bye!

    VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
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    VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

    All the Progressives have done is taken us backward historically. Because of the Founder’s Vision we have brought mankind farther in 200 years than any other society has and it has been through the innovation spawned by freedom. But the leftist swine through their greed and lust for power have stifled that innovative spirit under a butt load of regulations. They think that they know what is better for We the People that we do. I say it is time to recaim the Spirit of 1776 and kick their smarmy asses out of our country. This includes the Unions, and… Read more »