If I could have a “dream book club” to discuss Larry P. Arnn’s The Founders’ Key I would invite the author himself, the late Ayn Rand (of Atlas Shrugged fame), Douglas Wilson (Classical Christian Education advocate and author of Southern Slavery, As It Was), and Sarah Palin (Tea Party darling).
In this imagined dinner party Dr. Arnn would edify us all about the great significance and impact of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Ayn Rand would agree with Dr. Arnn that the so-called “fourth branch of government” (the regulators and bureaucrats), must be cut down to size.
Douglas Wilson would be invited because of a shared common interest with Arnn in Classical Education (at least, I’m assuming this based on footnote 3:4 on page 200). Also, because after reading in “Christianity Today” that Wilson refers to himself as a paleo-confederate, I would really like to hear someone as learned and respected as Dr. Arnn stick that type of racism to its sticking place. Arnn makes very clear in chapter six of The Founders’ Key that while some of the founding fathers could be accused of hypocrisy at time, they were not white supremacists and that type of thinking is nonviable with the founding principles of our country.
The last invitee to my imagined book club night, Sarah Palin, would be there to secure out spot on the evening news.
For my own contribution to the book discussion, I would offer that I thought that Dr. Arnn’s book was meticulously researched and well written. However, I’m not sure that I agree with his main thesis; that the Constitution is under attack by Progressives. I think that the Constitution has always been under attack from one political group or another, but that the great beauty of the Constitution is that it can hold up, no matter what type of ideology is thrown against it. Take Prohibition for example. To me, the 18th and 21st amendments indicate that the Constitution is both flexible and unchanging at the same time.
On the question of the constitutionality of mandatory healthcare, I am more likely to think with my heart, instead of my head. But I trust that the nature of our political system in America, will ferret out what is legal. Hopefully, that will include ensuring that children of my neighbors can see the doctor when they are ailing.
Now I believe, imaginary dessert and coffee are being served! Thank you Booksneeze for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions and review.