Michael Maharrey is an award winning journalist, author, keynote speaker, and the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies with an emphasis in news and editorial journalism from the University of South Florida. As a non-traditional student, he won several academic awards and was a member of the school’s ethics bowl team that placed eighth in the nation in 2008. He has covered state and local politics for the St. Petersburg Times and the Kentucky Gazette. He won two Kentucky Press Association Awards in 2009 for his work at the Woodford Sun. In 2015, his team won the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters first place News Excellence Award for Best Website. In addition to his formal schooling, Michael now enjoys numerous opportunities to associate with and study under some of the top academics in constitutional history and founding principles.
Michael is the author of Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty, and Smashing Myths: Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification. He co-authored Nullification Objections: Dismantling the Opposition with Michael Boldin. He is also the author of an eBook, The Power of “NO!” The Historical and Constitutional Basis for Nullification to Limit Federal Power and Its Practical Application.
Michael also hosts a weekly podcast, Thoughts from Maharrey Head, focusing primarily on constitutional issues, limited government and decentralization.
A prolific journalist, Michael has penned over 1,500 thought-provoking articles. He has been quoted in the BBC, The Guardian, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Times.
An accomplished elocutionist, Michael has been the keynote speaker at dozens of events across the United States. From regional Campaign for Liberty conventions to national events such as the Republican Liberty Caucus, he has educated audiences across the political spectrum on a range of topics ultimately concerning liberty and constitutional originalism. He frequently appears as a subject matter expert on local, national and international radio shows advancing constitutional fidelity and liberty through decentralization
Why Invite Michael to Speak?
- Michael’s message is timely. Regarding NSA surveillance, national security and privacy, recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center reveal “A majority of Americans (54 percent) disapprove of the U.S. government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts…. 74 percent said they should not give up privacy and freedom for the sake of safety….six-in-ten Americans (61 percent) also oppose the government monitoring communications of U.S. citizens.” Regarding trust, only 19 percent of Americans trust the federal government always or even most of the time.
- Michael understands constitutional originalism. Many Americans do not realize that the federal government as it stands, dictating everything from how much water we are to use to flush our toilets to the type of lightbulbs we screw into our fixtures, was NOT the government the founders intended and they have no idea what to do. Michael has extensively studied founding era documents such as the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798, Madison’s Report of 1800 and most importantly the state ratification debates. He possesses a deep understanding of these documents and the ability to explain what they reveal about the founder’s intent. Most importantly, he can communicate what all this means to us today.
- Michael can articulate the blueprint. There is a practical, lawful strategy to rein in federal overreach. It is available to them, but most Americans don’t know what it is or understand how it has worked in the past, and is currently working to put a stop to unconstitutional federal actions. Michael provides actual examples and explains how the blueprint works.
- Michael is an experienced speaker. Over the years, across the United States, Michael has spoken to a wide range of audiences on the subjects of the original constitution, the proper relationship between the states and the federal government and practical ways to put a check on overreaching federal power. From intimate gatherings of a dozen or so to conference halls holding hundreds, Michael’s clear, focused, passionate delivery both educates and inspires attendees to become more knowledgeable and involved.
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