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.
A Florida man was traveling South with his family on the way home from a wedding in New Jersey when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police began tailing his Ford Expedition. After about 10 minutes, the police pulled him over and told him they knew he owned a gun. They demanded he produce it for them on the spot.
President Barack Obama’s urgent focus on closing the wealth gap in America is barely on anyone’s radar. Simply put, almost no one views income inequality as a problem — especially compared with the overall economy, unemployment, healthcare and, of course, government itself.
How could he not have seen it coming? House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) got on Facebook Wednesday to slam President Obama for threatening to usurp Congress’ legislative powers by posting two contrasting photos and remarking on the President’s aggressive language about resorting to executive orders. On one side of the graphic, Boehner’s photo post has a […]
Oregon has spent more money than any other State to bring its State-managed Obamacare website, Cover Oregon, into existence. After lavishing millions of dollars on advertising, website development and an endless series of quick fixes and workarounds, the website has failed to successfully enroll a single person in a health insurance plan.
This week, Federal Judge Edward Korman upheld the Federal government’s contention that law enforcement can conduct warrantless searches of individuals’ electronic equipment within 100 miles of any U.S. border, regardless of whether they have suspicion that the target is involved in any illegal activity whatsoever. The ruling upends the efforts of the American Civil Liberties […]
With the convening of State Legislatures for their 2014 sessions comes the inevitable early deluge of pet bills that serve the personal interests of their sponsors. So it is with Mississippi’s Deborah Dixon, a Democratic Representative who wants to overturn the State’s very strong Castle Doctrine laws with a bill that would abolish legal protection […]
Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) has a proposal before the House that would require the Administration of President Barack Obama to give weekly updates to Congress on the progress of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Predictably, the White House is against it.
Last month, we offered up a sampling of hypocritical and criminal behavior from members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pet gun control group. One Pennsylvania Mayor who made it on the list was James Schiliro, who is now in jail.
“I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.”* That’s how President Barack Obama phrased his open threat Tuesday to bypass Congress in 2014 if his agenda suffers the same legislative opposition it met last year. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation to make sure that we’re providing Americans with the […]
Last September, Arizona GOP Legislative District 26 called out Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) for supporting President Barack Obama’s Federal appointees. In the new year, it’s the Maricopa County Republican Party — the local arm of the GOP that’s right in McCain’s backyard.