About Me

Dave speaks regularly in Minnesota on topics related to the United States Constitution, founding principles, and United States history...

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Buy Compact of the Republic

Dave's book makes the case for the compact view of the union, and throws a wrench into the wheel of contemporary legal thought...

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Media

Dave writes for the Tenth Amendment Center, and has appeared in local publications, television, and radio interviews...

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The Myth of the “Great Emancipator”

It is necessary to delve farther into Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861) to bring additional analysis to this man and his thought processes, which often stand in complete contradiction to the Lincoln most people learn about today. Dissection of this speech is necessary to prove Lincoln’s real motives do not fit the narrative that is often given by historians and those who praise this man to the fullest extent.

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Purse Strings of the Republic

This understanding of the “Origination Clause” (as it is sometimes called) was consistent with the manner in which the Constitution was explained in the state ratification conventions. The House of Representatives, according to Article I, Section 7, has sole claim to the proverbial purse strings of the treasury. Article I, Section 9 makes it explicit that any time money needs to be drawn from the treasury, it has to be done subject to appropriation law.

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