Trying Times

I’m an optimist by nature. Even so, sometimes I become discouraged and frustrated. Activism certainly has its ups and downs, and the downs can become downright disillusioning. I had one of those nights earlier this week. I spoke at an event, passionately presenting the blueprint for rolling back overreaching federal power through nullification at the […]

Why I Fight…

Sometimes I rail against people whose lives revolve around the next big ballgame or the next episode of American Idol. And sometimes I envy them. Every morning I wake up knowing I will find myself in some kind of fight. I never know where the attack will come from. Perhaps from a politician. Maybe from […]

Might Makes Right?

I’ve decided I’m going to take a new approach to political activism. Instead of writing and speaking, you know, putting together reasoned arguments with facts and logic, I’m going to just start punching people that disagree with me. Apparently, in Tennessee state Senator Brian Kelsey’s bizarre little world, this an acceptable way to “settle” disputes, […]

Who Decides?

My testimony before the Tennessee State Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB0250 on February 27, 2013 Hello, my name is Michael Maharrey. I’m the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center. I’m honored to be here. As you know, in the opinion of Attorney Gen. Robert Cooper, SB 250 violates the supremacy clause […]

Dear Legislator: Do Your Duty!

The following I wrote and submitted to the Colorado House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs in support of HB13-1045. The legislation would block federal indefinite detention without due process in Colorado. The Tenth Amendment Center began championing state interposition to block federal kidnapping powers written in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 […]

Some Nullification Q&A

Note: This piece was originally written to counter anti-nullfication talking points in South Carolina. Nullification is historically, morally and philosophically the rightful remedy Doesn’t the Supremacy Clause make state nullification unconstitutional? No. The Supremacy Clause reads: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; …shall be the […]

It Looks Solid…But

I recently participated on a round-table discussion on the Tenth Amendment, political sovereignty, delegation of power and nullification on a talk show in Indiana. The panel consisted of me, two left-leaning lawyers and a right-leaning lawyer. I took two interesting observations away with me. Most telling was the fact that both of the lefties and […]