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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.


Obama Administration’s ‘Transparent’ Government Drops U.S. To 46th Place On World Press Freedom Index

The United States, under the Obama Administration, has fallen to 46th place on Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index for 2014 – behind such transparency-friendly countries as Latvia, Slovenia and Romania. The U.S. came in 32nd last year. Reporters Without Borders cites three developments in 2013 as reasons for the precipitous drop: the Administration’s […]

Senate GOP Analysis: Obamacare Will Shrink Income

Senate GOP Analysis: Obamacare Will Shrink Income

The Senate Budget Committee’s financial prognostications on how Obamacare will affect the economy at least have been more realistic than those of President Barack Obama and his dwindling coterie of partisan supporters. And the committee says Obamacare is on track to sink wages.

Holder To States: Give Felons The Vote

Holder To States: Give Felons The Vote

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that all States should extend voting rights to felons, ending restrictions he believes are nothing but vestiges of Reconstruction-era racial discrimination against black Americans.

Race Trumps Woman Beating For Leader Of Massachusetts NAACP

After Massachusetts State representative Carlos Henriquez was convicted last month for beating up a woman who wouldn’t have sex with him, there was some speculation that the State Legislature would allow him to continue his lawmaking duties from behind bars. Henriquez was jailed on a six-month sentence last week for two misdemeanor counts of assault […]

Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance With EFF Today (And Every Other Day)

We told you last month about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) publicity effort to get Americans to fight back against the National Security Agency’s worthless, dangerous mass surveillance program. Well, today’s the day that all culminates over at the EFF. According to tech site The Verge, the EFF’s goal today is to generate enough visible […]

National Guard Trained To Fight 2nd Amendment ‘Terrorists’

National Guard Trained To Fight 2nd Amendment ‘Terrorists’

In 2013, the National Guard conducted a training exercise in Ohio that envisioned a terror attack staged by “[t]wo school employees who are disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.”

Gun Control Advocate Arrested For Carrying .38 Pistol At Buffalo Elementary School

Gun Control Advocate Arrested For Carrying .38 Pistol At Buffalo Elementary School

An ardent supporter of New York’s SAFE Act gun control law was arrested late last week after allegedly violating one of the sacred tenets of gun control: Never let a person with a gun come anywhere near a school campus.

SWAT Kicks Woman Out Of Home, Then Uses It As Tactical Vantage Point Without Warrant Or Permission

A Florida woman who was kicked out of her home last week so that a Jacksonville, Fla. SWAT team could gain a tactical advantage isn’t threatening legal action – she just wants an apology. So far, that’s too much to ask. Jacksonville resident Deborah Franz told a local television station a SWAT unit from the […]

Clean At Any Cost: Bloomberg Pushes To Shut Down Coal-Fired Power Plants

Clean At Any Cost: Bloomberg Pushes To Shut Down Coal-Fired Power Plants

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing his weight behind White House calls to end the U.S. coal economy by calling for an outright ban on coal-fired electrical power.

Michelle Obama Recruits A New Wave Of Student Borrowers As College Debt Reaches New Highs

Michelle Obama Recruits A New Wave Of Student Borrowers As College Debt Reaches New Highs

The Department of Education is putting First Lady Michelle Obama at the front of a new public relations campaign designed to make sure anyone and everyone who’s eligible will lap up every college entitlement available, leaving nothing on the table.

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