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Russ Feingold on Citizens United

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Russ Feingold, former U.S. senator (D-WI) and now author of While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post 9/11 Era , discusses his book and current political news.

Would the Supreme Court Revisit Citizens United?

The former senator said he was encouraged by signs that the Supreme Court could take up the issue of corporate contributions to campaigns by hearing a Montana case that directly challenged the Court's ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010:

The credibility of the Supreme Court is now on the line because people know this was a crazy decision, a lawless decision. And its having a huge impact on the democracy, on the right that every one of us has to have our vote basically count the same. So I saw Ginsberg’s comment as very interesting, as a sign of real stress on the court.

Feingold says that re-opening the conversation would not necessarily mean individual mea culpa from assenting justices:

All they have to say is that, this was a bad decision, we reconsider and courts do this all the time. The Supreme Court doesn’t do it all the time but it is so out of line with the law of the last 100 years that I don’t think it would be a big deal of the court to say “well”, and they always have a way to sort of say “well this case is a little different, so this is why it’s ok”. Believe me that’s the least of their problems.  

Guests:

Senator Russ Feingold

Comments [7]

Good segment -- Get him back!! Anyone here or at IAFC blog knows my view on income distribution and the decline in buying power of average wages over the 50 years between 1962 and 2012. I think I've come up with a primary driver for it and a potential cure. I would like to hear Mr. Feingold's opinion on...

Universal service commitment with a mandatory basic arms training and physical fitness component, that is boot camp. Two years to be served anytime between the ages of 18 and 25. We need to feel like one nation again. Some of these individuals MAY be called to active military service but more likely will be put to work repairing infrastructure, volunteering in schools, hospitals and in service to the aged and infirm. We have work to do so let's get started.

The country is suffering because the privileged are taking too much of the national income and we ALL need to learn that the country needs and values ALL of us.

Mar. 08 2012 11:11 AM
anna from new york

Unfortunately, I almost missed the interview. I heard just the end - enough to get me interested.
Finally, someone addresses an important issue - total illiteracy of Americans. Only illiterate population can have Bush and Obama as presidents.
Frankly, I am tired of illiterate celebrities with their DIAMOND signs of ... whatever dictating me how to vote ("my children want you to vote for ...), what to eat (some grass, for example) and which foreign monsters I should admire.
No knowledge of languages and culture, no knowledge of history, no understanding of human nature, just vacuous and easy sloganeering and demagoguery (let's hug and smile).
Americans MUST, MUST, MUST learn to respect KNOWLEDGE and competence and restructure education. You can go on idiotic and endless propaganda ("we are the best and the brightest", "we," "we") only that far. Among other things, "wonderful" American non-profit sector has eliminated all competent individuals (no need for expertise) and replaced with some marching and smiling zombies, praised by idiotic NYT ("Oh, they are not scholars, isn't that wonderful, they can tweet). Madness.
dr anna (yes, writing in her 7th language)

Mar. 08 2012 10:45 AM
Tom flattery

Brian,
Russ Feingold mentioned the possible usefulness of the International Criminal Court.
You have an obligation to remind your guests and listeners, by asking:
"But the United States is not a member of the ICC; why is that so?

Mar. 08 2012 10:24 AM
jollyroger from bkln

please compare and contrast english star chamber procedure and anwar al awlaki assassination "due process".

Mar. 08 2012 10:23 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Good Advice......but Presdient LEAD FROM BEHIND is now the one in charge and he seems uninterested in Iran in South America, China in Africa or the fact that his style of diplomacy has not won any friends. His big project now is filling out his NCAA playoff brackets.

Mar. 08 2012 10:20 AM
bernie from bklyn

thanks for having this guest...russ feingold speaks the truth.

Mar. 08 2012 10:13 AM

where have all the moderate congress people gone

Mar. 08 2012 10:09 AM

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