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Dave Benner
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My take on the Confederate flag kerfuffle. 

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After a hiatus, Brushfires of the Mind: The Dave Benner Show is back! Upon its 800 anniversary, I delve into the history of the Magna Carta and what makes it such a significant constitutional antecedent. I discuss what led to the schism between King John and the barons, the limitations imposed upon the king, and how the document should be viewed today.

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Dave Benner speaks on the constitutional role of the president vs. the behavior of modern presidents.

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My complete analysis of History Channel's "Sons of Liberty" vs. reality.

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Some have insisted that the result of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was a document that provided the federal government with a massive amount of centralized power. This assertion maintains that the nationalists won the political debates and squabbles, creating a government framework that supplanted all pre-existing powers of the states.

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Charles Stuart, "That Man of Blood" was a particularly treacherous king, using the tools of arbitrary and oppressive authority at every opportunity.

On this podcast, I recount Charles's despotic monarchy over the English realm, and what fate befell him as a result of his actions. I relate this situation to the founding generation's struggle for liberty over tyranny.

#history #constitution #liberty

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I dissect the constitutional record of "Honest Abe," and rebuke the standard narrative provided by school curriculum. War, draft, habeas corpus, the press, political rivals, and the nature of the union are all covered.

#americanhistory #constitution  

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Franklin Pierce is despised by academia and considered a "do-nothing" President by many. However, he understood the Constitution in ways few others did.

#ushistory #constitution

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Just after Patrick Henry's birthday, I describe his most important contributions in detail. I explain why Henry's words and actions were so important and why we should understand them, especially today.

#ushistory #constitution #libertyordeath

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I discuss why a republican form of government is superior to the alternatives, and discuss how our government has slid away from this vision. I use a Benjamin Franklin anecdote to highlight this, and support his prophetic wisdom.
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