Independence from our Empire #FeinWisdom

white-house (1)Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein, in the context of America’s Independence Day, on the meaning of liberty. Bruce notes that in many ways we as a country have made enormous strides in ensuring equality. However, the core protection of our liberty – the separation of powers – is being destroyed. Bruce concludes that while we have been able to ensure greater equality in access to power, we’ve failed to guarantee that this power safeguards our liberty.

Second Amendement Limitations #FeinWisdom

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Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the balance between gun control and the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Bruce notes that the Second Amendment, like every right in the Bill of Rights, has limitations to ensure overall protection of society. Most important, he continues, is focusing on the location, mental stability, and training of individuals, rather than the type of weapons available to citizens.

#FeinWisdom: The GOP’s Failure to Uphold the Constitution

law-2Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein about the counter-revolution that is taking place within the GOP, one specifically against the United States Constitution. This ideological shift can be seen in the comments of GOP presidential candidates, including Carson and Huckabee. Fein further explains how the failure to uphold and protect the Constitution, apparent through their words, presents a clear danger to the rule of law in the United States.

To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:  www.brucefeinlaw.com, and his books: American Empire Before the FallConstitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFeinEsq

#FeinWisdom: A Professional Politician for President

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To learn more about Bruce and his work, check out his website at:  www.brucefeinlaw.com, and his books: American Empire Before the FallConstitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, or follow him on Twitter: @BruceFeinEsq

#FeinWisdom: Taking Back the 4th Amendment

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. The debate over whether the U.S. government is violating citizens' privacy rights while trying to protect them from terrorism escalated dramatically on Thursday amid reports that authorities have collected data on millions of phone users and tapped into servers at nine internet companies.   REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski   (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY BUSINESS) - RTX10EYWOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the upcoming expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the NSA to collect data from domestic and international phone calls without warrant or suspicion. Despite 9 years in use, the NSA has failed to tie any of the information gathered through 215 to acts of terrorism. Not only impractical, but a massive invasion of our privacy, 215’s authority, Bruce insists, should be allowed to lapse in June.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

#FeinWisdom: The Economic Implications of a Country too Big to Fail

EmpireOstrolenk talks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why the American Empire can be categorized as one “too-big-to-fail.” By permitting businesses to grow so large that the economy relies heavily upon them, the government becomes quick to bail out even the most mismanaged business to prevent economic collapse. Such a system has led to income inequality based not on differences in innovation, hard work, and creativity, but rather on the fact that the game is rigged. This results in a sluggish economy that can only be fixed by getting the federal government out of the affairs of businesses.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

The Importance of the Surveillance State Repeal Act

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Ostrolenk talks with Patrick Eddington, a Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties at the CATO Institute, and former CIA analyst, who shares his views on the importance of passing the Surveillance State Repeal Act. This bill, originally introduced by Former Representative Rush Holt, would essentially repeal all 150(+) provisions of The Patriot Act, including troubling provisions allowing for administrative subpoenas, and no Congressional oversight. Detailing the ways in which these provisions are being used to collect data on American citizens, Eddington shows why secrecy is one of the most toxic aspects of our government.

#FeinWisdom: American Citizenship and ISIS

American CitizenshipOstrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why it is unconstitutional to rescind the citizenship of an American who decides to fight with ISIS.

Further information on Bruce Fein, and his publications, can be found at: www.brucefeinlaw.com

American Empire Before the Fall

Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy

ACLU’s Laura Murphy on Criminal Justice Reform, Libertarian Movement, and the Surveillance State

This week, Laura Murphy, Director of the Washington Legislative Office for the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Photo Credit – ACLU

Ms. Murphy grew up in a politically active family that advocated citizen action.  After campaigning, working on Capitol Hill, lending her talents to several elected officials, working for several different ACLU offices, she was offered the position of Director of the Washington Legislative office in 1993 and was the first woman, African America, and has been the longest serving Director of the DC Legislative Office.

Almost 46,000 individuals are behind bars for non-violent drug offenses and can now apply for clemency.  While there is a strong libertarian movement questioning the war on drugs, many state legislatures grapple with the budgetary implications of an expanding prison population.  Furthermore, many religious movements are advocating redemption.  There are also those who express concern that that the application of justice with respect to the war on drugs comes down with disparate representation regarding minority groups.

Ms. Murhpy’s observed major changes in the Republican Party since 2008.  Whereas the the party once ostracized members who challenged party orthodoxy, it now seemingly welcomes more dissent under the big tent.  The Democrats, Ms. Murphy observers, have some serious hawkish elements.

Lately, the ACLU has been at the forefront of the battle against the unprecedented surveillance by government agencies like the NSA, the use of torture by the CIA, and overreach by law enforcement agencies.

Individuals concerned with government overreach and encroachment can sign up for action alerts from the ACLU and like organizations.

Pete Sepp from NTU on Defending America Defending Taxpayers Report

As Executive Vice President, Pete Sepp serves as deputy to NTU President Duane Parde. In this role, Sepp has helped to develop the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union’s (NTU) government affairs, public relations, and promotional strategies. Sepp also oversees strategic planning efforts for NTU and its staff. Additionally, Sepp directs and supervises the research and educational operations of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF).

He has written and edited numerous policy papers, informational publications, and activist manuals, as well as studies on topics such as Congressional perquisites and citizen-initiated tax revolts. He has testified before Congress on matters ranging from Government-Sponsored Enterprises in lending to Medicare reforms, and has lectured in the U.S. and abroad on issues such as tax administration reform. Sepp is Editor-in-Chief of NTU’s award-winning periodical publication, Dollars & Sense.

Sepp has appeared on every major television network, and regularly provides interviews and commentaries to cable channels such as CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel. He is a frequent guest on radio programs from coast-to-coast, and has been widely featured in print media, including The New York TimesThe Chicago TribuneThe Washington PostThe Christian Science MonitorThe Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, and Money Magazine. He has also survived two appearances on “The Daily Show” with his professional reputation miraculously intact.

 
On the show we cover;
 
*  History of conservative and bi-partisan efforts on Pentagon spending reform
*  Bush years , partisanship and Pentagon spending
*  Republican champions in the House;  Reps Coffman and Mulvaney 
*  Addressing wasteful, unnecessary and low-priority systems
*  Instituting human resource reforms
*  Correcting deficient processes 
 
NTU / R Street Institute Report