Ben Bullard Archive
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic. Email this author.
As Congress takes up a renewal of the massive, omnibus five-year entitlement plan known as the U.S. Farm Bill, don’t hold your breath for massive reforms. So far, it appears a decision to do away with direct payments of taxpayer funds to farm aid recipients — many of them very, very wealthy corporations — has […]
Interest in revisiting George Orwell’s classic portrayal of a totalitarian surveillance state has almost doubled at Amazon.com. As of 4 p.m. CST Monday, the mammoth online bookseller listed Orwell’s 1984 at No. 17 among the day’s “Movers & Shakers” page, which tracks publications whose popularity is on the rise. Sales of 1984 had increased by […]
Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended the sheriff of the State’s least-populous county after he allegedly set free a man who’d been arrested for possessing a weapon without a permit. But Sheriff Nick Finch maintains he was simply using judgment and discretion to protect his constituents’ Constitutional freedoms, and his suspension has drawn anger from both locals and 2nd Amendment advocates.
A pair of IRS agents who worked in the Cincinnati office at the center of the widening Tea Party discrimination scandal told Congressional investigators they were ordered by “higher-ups” in Washington, D.C. to target conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election season. If true, it will further refute the many assertions made by IRS officials and the Obama Administration that “rogue” local agents acted independently.
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British newspaper The Guardian introduced the world to the U.S. government’s secret program of direct data mining Friday, and the scope of its operation is mind blowing. Instituted by the National Security Agency (NSA) under President George W. Bush, PRISM literally grants the government direct access to everything that comes into, or leaves, servers at Google, […]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has compiled an extensive timeline of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) progressive intrusion into the private lives of American citizens, dating back to the agency’s creation in 1952. The EFF, which seeks to defeat illegal governmental surveillance and litigates against the state to establish precedents that favor citizens’ Constitutional rights, […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories. Disgraced Former CIA Director David Petraeus is attending this year’s Bilderberg Group meeting, evidently to offer input on how the expansion of surveillance capabilities can be […]
With the exception of some dogged reporters who’ve essentially had to go rogue within their own organizations in order to delve into the Benghazi scandal (and been persecuted by their own employers as a thank-you), there’s been precious little issues-based reporting, and a truckload of damage control, emanating from the American mainstream press over the IRS scandal; the AP scandal; Benghazi and, now, Verizon.
In socially conservative, rural States, a lot of sworn Republicans’ staunch talk about smaller government and ending welfare melts away to the loudest of Liberal bellyaching when talk turns to trimming or ending agricultural subsidies. Now, a new report reveals that members of Congress received nearly $250,000 in Farm Bill entitlements last year, violating the spirit of what was supposed to be a temporary bailout designed to lift struggling Depression-era farmers.