The Constitution means what it means!

Many Americans treat the Constitution like a moving target. Recently, I’ve faced opposition to various constitutional arguments falling into two broad categories. 1. Those who embrace the “living breathing” philosophy. These folks generally believe the constitution was meant to “flex” with the times. They will still hold fast, even tenaciously, to certain constitutional principles, but […]

Foundational Principles

It takes about 37 seconds of involvement in the political process to realize that most of the players don’t root their actions in any principles. Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that pragmatism is their principle. By and large, politics is all about seizing, consolidating and holding on to power. That’s why […]

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 […]