Richard Staunton Cahill  Reading the news

Reading the News (Richard Staunton Cahill)

Two scholars from opposite sides of the political spectrum offer historical discussions of the contemporary impulse towards factions.  In “The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State,” Robert Reich compares the separatist tendencies developing around the world with changes we’ve seen in this country recently.  Victor Hanson Davis explores “Diversity: History’s Pathway to Chaos” to demonstrate the effects of sectarianism. The two authors are surprisingly in agreement on the risks to our society  inherent in tribalism .


The Obama administration is culpable in the scandals surrounding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The FBI determined that no charges should be brought against her illegal use of private email because, although she was negligent, she did not intentionally break the law.  But after reading the classified reports of the FBI investigation, Congressman Trey Gowdy (on the House Oversight Committee) revealed that the FBI never asked Secretary Clinton about her intent when she was interviewed. Also, a FOIA request has revealed that Hillary Clinton and many of her aides did not attend mandatory ethics training although asked to do so.   Of course, the State Department was aware of Clinton’s use of unauthorized communication devices and allowed her to use them.  Finally, while Secretary Clinton kept a separate schedule of meetings with non-governmental entities (i.e., Clinton Foundation donors), her State Department schedule would need to schedule AROUND these other meetings.  (Of course, Secret Service would also know of these “unofficial” meetings.) If Clinton played by different rules (and she did), then the Obama administration let her do so.




Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a plan.  Donald Trump doesn’t have a plan.  Neither Johnson nor Stein have a plan.  You know who does?  Speaker Paul Ryan.  Read more here.


Isn’t our choice really one of up or down? Down through statism, the welfare state, more and more government largesse, accompanied always by more government authority, less individual liberty and ultimately totalitarianism, always advanced as for our own good. The alternative is the dream conceived by our Founding Fathers, up to the ultimate in individual freedom, consistent with an orderly society. – Ronald Reagan

CNN hosted a Green Party Town Hall yesterday, featuring presidential candidate, Jill Stein, and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka.