Category Archives: civil society

Why would anyone – not in the military or law enforcement – need an “assault weapon”?

Why would anyone – not in the military or law enforcement – need an “assault weapon”?

C.O. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm and a nightclub, and a large collection of handguns, “assault” rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they threatened his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote.

We have a right and a duty to fight tryanny.

Government Gone Rogue

 No place in our Constitution is the president granted supremacy to act legislatively without Congress. And no place in our laws is the president given authority to use executive branch agencies to criminalize whole segments of the economy it considers unworthy. However, we know from the public record that President Obama is using the Justice Department (DOJ), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in something called “Operation Choke Point” to target small businesses by smothering their access to financial services. Without the ability to process payments, the administration chokes off the oxygen (money) needed for these “Mom and Pop” shops to survive. It’s a form of political nihilism never before seen in our nation’s history.

Most Americans are familiar with the DOJ and the FDIC. However the CFPB, a federal agency established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, has been operating under the radar for far too long.

Dodd-Frank effectively gave the CFPB unlimited regulatory power with little congressional oversight. The bureau’s budget is not subject to congressional appropriations—no power of the purse—because the Federal Reserve, not Congress, funds the agency. Given its independence from congressional scrutiny, the CFPB’s power to regulate is essentially a government license to destroy. What’s more, the CFPB is building a massive database on the financial transactions of every American. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian think tank based in Washington D.C., has argued that the CFPB has “unaccountable power over the daily lives of the American people” that results “in a lack of public accountability, creating a power grab over every U.S. citizen.”

During most of our nation’s history, families, communities, churches, civic groups, and “Mom and Pop” businesses (i.e., civil society) have served as firewalls to restrain big government from flaming out of control. Americans with blemishes on their credit scores or short credit histories do not have the luxury of going to the big banks—SunTrust, Chase, Wells Fargo—for a small loan. These consumers depend upon payday lenders as credit and loan options. If the CFPB has its way, these lenders will be forced to permanently close their doors. Millions of Americans who are living paycheck to paycheck will have no where to go for short-term loans. The CFPB will have cut off an important financial option for working-class, middle-income Americans. Resources needed for emergency car repairs or to replace an appliance will no longer be available.

Ideological bureaucrats with a disdain for anything—the rule of law, the American people, civil society—opposed to their agenda are wreaking havoc on our economy and our liberty. The expansion of federal power—and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch—is the modus operandi of President Barack Obama. Since his first day in office, this president has sought to accumulate power and centralize control.

There is no higher law for Obama than his own ideological self-interest. Obama acts more like a plutocrat or mafia boss than the leader of a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The CFPB is actively engaged in closing down businesses while at the same time collecting dossiers on American citizens’ personal, financial transactions. Congress should abolish the CFPB or, at the very least, put it under the appropriations process. It’s time for Congress to reign in this rogue agency.

Live from Capitol Hill

Live from the Capitol Hill Bunker, Andrew and Jerry are joined by Tim Young from the American Conservative Union. They talk about CPAC, Tim’s stand-up career, and explore why the show is called “The LangerCast”. Then Andrew and Jerry talk about Indiana’s RFRA law – what it really says, what it really does, why it isn’t a license to discriminate, and why we’re both disappointed with our libertarian friends on this. Then, having sat patiently with her Dad, Jerry’s daughter Bridget sits down at the 3rd mic. They talk Star Trek, Marvel, is Superman lame, and favorite rock bands!

LangerCast episode #34: Civil Conversation for Civil Society

Click here to join the best political talk anywhere … Andrew and I discuss Jonathan Gruber, and how “Gruberization” impacts the national discussion and demeans our politics. We then tackle the issues of energy independence, the #FailMary vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, GMO science, and crony capitalism.



The LangerCast: The Best Political Talk Anywhere

Aloha from the Big Red Wave! Episode 32 of @The LangerCast is up! Andrew and I were live from the American Conservative Union’s Election Night Party.

A great cast of characters sat and paneled with us, helped us to break down the returns as they came in – and discussed with us solutions to issues and painted a picture of how the GOP might govern come January.…/the-langer-cast-32-aloha-from-the-…

The Langer Cast: Civil conversation for civil society.

We get a surprise phone call from the “streets of the Bronx.”

Andrew and I give a preview of next week’s midterm elections, and discuss Hillary Clinton’s boneheaded statement last week that businesses don’t create jobs.

We talk about why civil society matters and why race hustling is failing.  Then we talk about cronyism in the lame duck session.

Finally, we circle back to the tour of the Bronx – I remember growing up in the North Bronx near the Tracey Towers, and Andrew discusses his Dad’s family in Crotona Park and Riverdale. We talk about the importance of family, community, and that it’s never too late to give thanks and show gratitude.

Music on this week’s show: The Sweet, Run DMC, Pilot, Joe Jackson, Stevie Wonder, War.…/the-langer-cast-31-a-bronx-tale……/relm-network/the-langer-cast-2…/the-langer-cast/id824436935…