Patrick Timpone

Mike Maharrey

10th Amendment Center

What the 10th Amendment Has to Say About the Power of the President

Vote the bums out! Call Congress! Take it to the Supreme Court!
These are the calls of political activists nationwide. But, these methods have proven to be a complete failure.
It doesn’t matter which political party holds power in DC, federal power always grows to the detriment of your liberty.
Like the marshmallow monster in the movie Ghostbusters, the federal government ranges across America from sea to shining sea. It wraps itself in red white and blue bunting, bullying, badgering and browbeating citizens to get its way. Over the last 100 years, the monster from the Potomac has grown exponentially, shoving its tentacles into nearly every nook and cranny of American life.
Conceived as limited and delegated with enumerated powers for very specific purposes, the United States federal government morphed into an institution with nearly unlimited power, scope and authority. Like the kudzu vine so familiar in southern states, it continues to grow at a chilling pace. Chop off one stem, and two quickly grow back to replace it.
No rational American believes that the United States can simply continue on its current path. We’ve maxed out the credit card and the bank is calling in the loans. The American people can either take proactive steps to shrink Washington D.C. and gain control of the overreaching federal monster, or the system will eventually collapse on itself.
Americans must begin clearing the landscape of the federal vine, allowing other important institutions to once again bask in sunlight so that they can thrive and flourish. One-size-fits all solutions handed down from a centralized bureaucracy, completely disconnected from the people, make for crappy policy.
But what can we do? (READ MORE)


mike-maharreyMichael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center.

Hailing from Lexington, Ky., he’s extremely proud that his home state originated the Principles of ’98, laying the groundwork for state nullification of unconstitutional acts.

Michael is the author of three books. Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty, makes the historical, philosophical and moral case for nullification. Smashing Myths: Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification digs deep into James Madison’s views on nullification, focusing on his writing’s later in life. Finally, Michael joined Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin in penning Nullification Objections: Dismantling the Opposition, a book that takes apart the common objections to nullification one at a time.



Show Highlights:

-Our constitutional fathers would be astounded at the emphasis put on the presidency and hate the concentration of power in one place.

-Executive orders are unconstitutional.

-The states are the missing opposition.

-Tenth amendment – any power not given to the federal government belongs to the states. Most federal government functions today are unconstitutional.

-Nullification – taking an action that renders a federal action null, void or unactionable. E.g. Some northern states nullified the federal Fugitive Slave Act.

-Think beyond the Oval Office.

-States legalizing marijuana is an example of nullification, in effect. The feds need state and local police cooperation to enforce federal laws.

-The sheriff in Elkhart County, IN booted the feds off a raw milk farmer’s property.

-A strong market for a product weakens the ability of the feds to enforce laws against it.

-Who should protect a state’s borders, the state or the feds?

-Increasingly difficult for central controllers to censure information.

and more!!


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