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.
A bill before the Arizona State Senate would make it a crime for Federal officers to attempt to enforce Federal law in the State without first receiving written permission from the County sheriff where the action is to occur. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Senate Bill 1290 would require a Federal agent to obtain […]
How do you take on “Tea Party billionaires” (aka the Koch brothers) who think “attack ads can cover the truth?” You buy a vulnerable Democratic incumbent an ad that covers the truth right back.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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.
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 […]