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.
In a sometimes-fiery exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dodged ad hominem insults to bring out a point that’s so far fallen on deaf ears – both among Congressional Democrats, as well as the moderate Republicans who prefer staging political stalemates to shaping meaningful policy reforms. His point? Conservatives have been […]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is moving forward with the so-called “nuclear option” to end filibusters by minority-party opponents of proposed legislation, a move designed to give President Barack Obama’s current batch of nominees a cakewalk through the Senate confirmation process. Senate Democrats are expected to force a vote today, despite procedural attempts by […]
A Florida couple who had cultivated a small garden for nearly two decades at their Miami Shores home was given an ultimatum earlier this year by the city’s zoning code enforcement officer: Dig up your garden or pay $50 a day to the city for violating a new ordinance.
In the long run-up to Obamacare’s Oct. 1 launch, Congress made much over its commitment to keeping itself honest. Congress members and staffers, they pledged, would indeed adhere to the same coverage plans and mandates that Congress had imposed on the entire Nation.
A new ad campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns – New York Mayor Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s over-funded, under-performing gun control nonprofit – is helpfully suggesting that people hijack their own Thanksgiving family gatherings by “Talking Turkey” about why we need more gun laws. Are members of your family ardent believers in the frank simplicity of […]
You know how policy progressives are always citing the consensus of the overwhelming majority of scientific experts to drive home their point that man-made climate change is well understood and “settled?” The pool of experts they cite is actually a lot smaller, and its findings a lot less politicized, than pundits claim.
Police in San Jose, Calif., shot and killed a 61-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis in the driveway of her home on Nov. 16 because she didn’t respond to their orders to drop a knife.
They were there because a neighbor had called police with a noise complaint. Her widowed husband confirmed that the couple had indeed been arguing that day.
Newly released emails from the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division office in Cincinnati show that, from the beginning, Lois Lerner was setting the office up as a “rogue” fall guy for the Tea Party discrimination scandal.
Philadelphia is testing a new method to get motorists to notice a posted 35 mph speed limit on a local street, with an eye to expanding the pilot project if city leaders like the results. The city has spent $11,050 to embed speed sensors in the roadway on a stretch of Kelly Drive that trigger […]
The same Quinnipiac poll that shows President Barack Obama in a free fall with voters also reveals that the President who successfully sold young voters a nebulous promise of hope and change is beginning to lose his appeal with the hope and change generation.