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.
One of Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s many GOP primary challengers has launched an attack ad that must be making everyone else jealous for not having thought of it first. Riffing on the pronunciation of the Speaker’s last name (as well as Boehner’s own efforts to make light of its occasional mispronunciation), Ohio GOP candidate […]
One of the fundamental dichotomies separating America’s ideological halves was further reinforced last week, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture released statistics revealing a continuing decline in the Nation’s rural population.
As though Congress’ bipartisan approval this week of an anti-terrorist bill — a bill that bars a 1979 Iranian hostage-taker from serving at the U.N. — needed further validation, Iran’s foreign minister made sure to drive the point home Thursday, calling the U.S. Congress a bunch of “radicals.” The comments, proffered by Iranian foreign minister […]
Saying goodbye to so much election-year political dross, the Obama Administration accepted the resignation late Thursday of Kathleen Sebelius, the maligned director of Health and Human Services who ushered in the era of Obamacare. Sebelius, the onetime Governor of Kansas, resigned from her turbulent position after serving the Obama Administration for five years. The announcement […]
Last month, Alabama State Representative Alvin Holmes used the floor of the State House to issue a vile, racist “bet” with residents of the Yellowhammer State. This week, Alabama parents stood outside the State House and asked the Montgomery Democrat, at least symbolically, to show them the money.
As a Nevada ranching family and the Federal government face off, both supporters of the family and elected officials have condemned the government’s heavy-handed and Constitutionally questionable encroachment on individual liberties.
File this one under “Obama Administration mindbenders destined to go underreported in mainstream media” – the White House has been furtively pursuing a behind-the-scenes media campaign in both the U.S. and in Israel to fabricate a plausible narrative that fingers the Israelis as the culprits in recently-collapsed peace talks with the Palestinians. According to a […]
The GOP-led Tennessee Legislature has voted to block United Nations elections monitors from observing any future elections in the State, a reaction against a 2012 episode in which civil rights advocates successfully lobbied for U.N. oversight of the voting process in a number of U.S. States. The Tennessee Senate passed the measure Tuesday on a […]
For the second time in as many days, a House committee voted Thursday to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner criminally accountable for refusing to testify on the political targeting scandal that engulfed the IRS last year. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 along party lines to send a contempt resolution […]
An independent Federal agency that investigates prohibited personnel practices has found that Internal Revenue Service employees carried their active enthusiasm for President Barack Obama into the workplace even as the IRS’s behind-the-scenes discrimination against conservative groups was unfolding.