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.
Cole Middleton, who lives in rural Rains County in East Texas, dialed 911 after arriving at home last Friday morning to discover his home had been burglarized. It looked to Middleton like someone had broken in and stolen an iPad, jewelry and firearms. A deputy arrived a while later. Middleton had joined his dad in […]
Even though President Barack Obama is in the midst of a campaign to convince Americans that income inequality is a real problem, there’s very little evidence that the wealth gap rigidly locks individual Americans into an undesirable economic category and keeps them there.
Recent polling finds that voters who describe themselves as independent are far more likely to prefer Congressional candidates this election season who are opposed to Obamacare.
Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton stammered out a non-response to a question about what she’d accomplished as Secretary of State that reads like lawyer’s poetry. In less than 200 words, she managed not to say a single thing that acknowledged the question she’d been asked: “When you look at your time as Secretary of State, […]
Some people’s commitment to nominal political first loves can become so deeply entrenched that, over time, they fail to see they’ve become the very thing they purport to hate. So it appears with this guy – Sean Shealy – a self-described liberal activist who says he’s been involved in organizing past iterations of Burning Man, […]
Ever since the House Oversight Committee first began looking into the Internal Revenue Service scandal, committee member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has dismissed the investigation as a partisan witch hunt. But was he actively helping the agency discriminate against conservative groups all along?
President Barack Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser suggested to a Harvard audience last week that parents and teachers across the country can get involved in rooting out homegrown terror by turning a more suspicious eye toward the children they raise and educate.
It’s a common trope to suggest that progressive Democrats and organized labor share the same ideological tent. But one California Congressman is taking that metaphor to its logical conclusion by actually using the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)’s San Jose headquarters as the nominal base of operations for his campaign. According […]
Among the many Federal agencies that have cumulatively awarded nearly half a million dollars’ worth of contracts to a California-based license plate tracking and cataloging vendor over the past few years, the Internal Revenue Service’s reported $1,188 investment might seem comparatively insignificant. It’s not.
By now you probably know about Hamid Abutalebi. He’s the would-be diplomat whom Iran wanted to send to the United Nations – but whom Congress blocked, on a strongly bipartisan vote, because he was among the terrorists who helped take Americans into captivity in the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. Today, President Barack Obama signed […]