Losing Our Religion, RNC Files F.O.I. for B.O.’s Benghazi Email, IRS Weeding Out Legal Marijuana, Driver’s Licenses For Illegals In Connecticut, You Can’t Escape Detroit: Thursday Morning News Roundup 5-30-2013


Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.


  • The number of Americans who think religion’s influence is at a low ebb is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new Gallup survey. While 77 percent said the prestige of religion is low, 75 percent also lamented that same perception, saying the country would be stronger if religion played a more prominent role in people’s lives.


  • The Republican National Committee (RNC) is filing a Freedom of Information Act request to get at all the Benghazi-related email communication that passed between President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the U.S. State Department. If it contains the words “Libya” or “Benghazi” and it was sent between Sept. 11, 2012, and Nov. 7, 2012, the RNC wants to read it.


  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hasn’t targeted just the Tea Party to wield the Obama Administration’s agenda. A report Wednesday reveals the IRS has also been targeting businesses that sell medical marijuana in the 18 States where it’s been made legal, evidently in an effort to demonstrate the power of the Feds against the (lesser) powers of the States.


  • The Connecticut State Senate passed a bill today that would allow illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses, vehicle insurance and registration. Governor Dannel Malloy, fresh off his triumphant signing of an aggressive gun-grab bill, is expected to sign off on the drivers’ license legislation as well.


  • Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is suggesting more laws to help the shrinking, financially crippled city retain its population. He endorses a proposal that would force new city employees to commit to seven years’ of residence in the Motor City. Detroit had nearly 2 million residents at the height of the 1950s automotive boom; today there are only 700,000.


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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.

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