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.
Flanked by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (as well as a few people who actually don’t use racial conflict for personal gain) Vice President Joe Biden told Southerners he felt guilty for not having been a part of the original Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches almost 50 years ago.
A new analysis reveals average taxes for wealthy families are higher now than at any time since the Congressional Budget Office began crunching the numbers in 1979. Families from middle and low-income brackets are paying less in Federal taxes than in the past.
Chinese luxe finance magazine The Hurun Report revealed last week that more billionaires hail from Asia than from North America, a first since the publication was founded in 1999. Asia’s diverse and burgeoning economies have produced more newly rich individuals, nearly all of whom have made their own fortunes.
The three-member, bipartisan County Commission of Susquehanna County, Pa., passed a resolution last week to send a message that any potential Federal gun bans or restrictions being pushed by the Administration of President Barack Obama won’t be taken as law in their county.
After John Kerry used the press to publicly chide Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for allegedly calling Zionism a “crime against humanity” earlier in the week, he arrived in Turkey Friday for an already-scheduled face-to-face with the man himself. It didn’t go well.
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.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ramped up the anti-gun part of his super PAC’s message with a warning to the National Rifle Association that it won’t win a spending contest when the 2014 congressional and gubernatorial election season heats up.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t intent on letting the NY SAFE Act, his State’s extremely restrictive and reactionary new gun law, hamstring police and the film industry from access to weapons that are now illegal for residents.
If you want something done right, do it yourself. That DIY maxim is apparently fueling some Oakland, Calif., civilians’ community-minded vigilantism. Reportedly, crime has become so commonplace that residents have written off the cops and instead begun patrolling the streets and posting “wanted” signs for bad guys.
In rural Texas, paramedics could soon be allowed to carry firearms for on-the-job protection, if a bill introduced this year by Representative Ken King (R-Canadian) succeeds before the State Legislature.