In defending Glenn Beck from the Left’s radical assault one of the arguments that needed to be rebutted involved the book The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. Beck had heavily promoted the text, going as far as to write a new foreword. A Salon article then took this as an excuse to smear Beck with some of the more fringe, crackpot ideas of the book’s author.
Stuck in the middle of the political mudfight was a book that was hardly “divinely inspired” as the frequently-hyperbolic Beck praised but neither a work of whack-job either. Instead Leap is a great, albeit occasionally hokey introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the Founders’ ideas and the basics of American government. So exploring it allows for a wonderful opportunity to reengage and debate the basic principles of our republic.