American Federalist Journal
Saturday - September 23, 2017


When It Comes to American Health, Culture Trumps Politics
David French  Tweet

There are times when our partisan political debate feels like the modern, social-media-fueled version of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Or perhaps the better analogy is to the proverbial "bread and circuses" designed to distract a ...



James Clapper's Non-Denial Denials, Revisited
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence ...



Sovereignty Is Not a Dirty Word
Rich Lowry  Tweet

To listen to the commentary, Donald Trump used an inappropriate term at the U.N. - not just "Rocket Man," but "sovereignty." It wasn't surprising that liberal analysts freaked out over his nickname for Kim Jong Un ...



Dogs' Love of Man Is Real
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You've seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife ...



Appreciating John McCain
Mona Charen  Tweet

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to ...



Conservative Americans Experience Progressive Identity Politics as Hatred
David French  Tweet

In the days following Donald Trump's surprise election win, progressive Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla published a thought-provoking, viral essay that took direct aim at identity politics: In recent years American ...



Allegations of Foreign Election Tampering Have Always Rung Hollow
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

On her current book tour, Hillary Clinton is still blaming the Russians (among others) for her unexpected defeat in last year's presidential election. She remains sold on a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump successfully colluded with Russian ...



An Anti-Growth Tax Cut
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Republicans want to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion -- while the government already is running a deficit -- and they propose to offset those cuts with wishful thinking. In control of both houses of Congress with a nominally Republican president in the ...



A Donald Trump Speech, a Barack Obama Foreign Policy
David French  Tweet

I think I just watched a speech by a fictional president, a scene from some populist revival of The West Wing starring Donald Trump in the Martin Sheen role. In this episode, our hero went to the United Nations and finally gave those globalist ...



Only One of the Two New Health-Care Proposals Qualifies as 'Extreme'
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Will the real moderate party please stand up? On the same day that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) introduced his "Medicare for All" health-care plan, Senators Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R., La.) introduced a ...



Americas First
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It is easy to forget about the Canadians. President Donald J. Trump made a speech to the United Nations, an organization he had recently dismissed as an impotent debating club, during which he mentioned North Korea, Iran, Syria, Israel, China, ...



Paul Manafort Is in Legal Jeopardy
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

We already knew that Paul Manafort was in a heap of trouble. It was almost two months ago -- July 26, to be precise -- that his Virginia residence was raided by the FBI in the predawn hours. As I said at the time, prosecutors do not obtain warrants ...



To Defeat Campus Craziness Don't Just Treat Symptoms, Cure the Disease
David French  Tweet

Let's take a bicoastal tour of one week in campus insanity. Out west, Berkeley had to spend approximately $600,000 to guarantee the safety of a campus speaker, my friend Ben Shapiro. Local "anti-fascists" had targeted as a ...



The 'Handmaid's Tale' Lunacy
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for The Apprentice, but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards. The Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale won eight Emmys on Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the ...



Jann Wenner - Man of the Past
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

What to make of the career of Jann Wenner, who is selling the magazine he founded, Rolling Stone, capping a remarkable career in publishing? In the Age of Trump, we are instructed to admire successful businessmen, those who have, as the president ...



The Strange Case of Confederate Cool
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

How exactly did the Left romanticize the Lost Cause Confederacy, and by extension its secession and efforts to preserve slavery? To use a shopworn phrase, "It's complicated." Good Ol' Rebels Well before the end of Jim Crow, ...



Terror in London . . . Again
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The latest reporting indicates that 22 people were injured, but fortunately none killed, in this morning's terrorist bombing in the London subway transit system. An improvised explosive device detonated at the Parsons Green Tube station in ...



Trump Didn't Get Rolled by Pelosi and Schumer
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Wimpy strikes again. Everybody knows the Wimpy proposition: "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." In the old Popeye cartoons, no sensible person gave Wimpy a hamburger in exchange for his promised future payment. Wimpy ...



Want Less Sexual Trauma on Campus? Stop Telling the Big Lies.
David French  Tweet

In the debate over Title IX and sexual assault on campus, I keep hearing the same questions: Sure, you're for due process, but do you also care - do you really care - about the victims of sexual assault? Where is the sympathy for ...



On Criminal Justice, Sessions Is Returning DOJ to the Rule of Law
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Two former top Obama-appointed prosecutors co-author a diatribe against Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions for returning the Justice Department to purportedly outdated, too "tough on crime" charging practices. Yawn. After eight years ...