American Federalist Journal
Wednesday - October 18, 2017


As ISIS Falls, Don't Forget the Lessons of the Recent Past
David French  Tweet

I'm having a strong sense of déjà vu. Let's rewind the tape to 2008. My unit, the Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, had finally crushed al-Qaeda resistance in our battlespace. Suffering from immense losses in ...



Johnny Carson > Jimmy Kimmel
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn't care about losing Republican viewers. We're a long way from Johnny Carson, whose Tonight Show was a ...



The Axis Was Outmatched from the Start
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Editor's Note: The following is the second in a series of excerpts adapted from Victor Davis Hanson's new book The Second World Wars. It appears here with permission. Starting wars is far easier than ending them. Since the Peloponnesian ...



A Classical War of Modern Violence
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Editor's Note: The Following is the first in a series of excerpts adapted from Victor Davis Hanson's new book The Second World Wars. It appears here with permission. Some 60 million people died in World War II. On average, 27,000 people ...



Binders Full of Asininity
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Dear Reader (please petition the Federal "News"letter Authority not to revoke my license), Even for someone who thinks the only difference between 2016 and 2017 is that in 2017 the universe decided to take the condom off, this has been a ...



It's Past Time to Rethink Modern Sexual Morality
David French  Tweet

Last week, as the grotesque Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault scandal burst into public view, I was struck by this tweet, from my friend Andrew Walker: So much cultural and personal hurt due to sexual sin. Maybe the church should see its sexual ethics ...



The Black Budget
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Diane Black's political problem - conservatives' political problem - is America's political problem: Tax cuts are popular, and spending cuts are not. Representative Black (R., Tenn.) has been chairman of the House ...



Trump Was Right to End Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies
David French  Tweet

It's a sad sign of our times that the constitutionality of any given government action is now seen as a wholly secondary consideration, subordinate to politics and arguments about politics. And so it is with Donald Trump's necessary ...



Trump vs. the First Amendment
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

As a purely legal question, free speech is in as good a position as it's ever been, thanks in no small part to the work of those Republican presidents and senators our friends on talk radio are always complaining about, saying they've ...



Binders Full of Asininity
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Dear Reader (please petition the Federal "News"letter Authority not to revoke my license), Even for someone who thinks the only difference between 2016 and 2017 is that in 2017 the universe decided to take the condom off, this has been a ...



Trump Faithfully Executes Obamacare; Media, Democrats Go Nuts
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Why don't the stories say: "President Trump Faithfully Executes Affordable Care Act"? In report after sky-is-falling report, the journalism wing of the media-Democrat complex castigates the president over his decision to - as ...



Scalia's Legacy
Mona Charen  Tweet

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. What do I have to do with it? ...



Trump's Tweets Are Damaging the Republican Character
David French  Tweet

The vast majority of commentary about Donald Trump's tweets centers on Trump: What do they say about his state of mind? Do they signal a change in American policy? Will he follow through on his threats? Is he a master media manipulator or just ...



How the NFL Lost to Trump
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump isn't exactly on a winning streak, but he is beating the NFL in a rout. The league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, signaled the beginning of a messy, divisive retreat with a memo stating, "Like many of our fans, we ...



The GOP Is Hogtied by a Divided Senate
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Why can't we have nice things? That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House ...



New College Student Survey: Yes, Speech Can Be Violence
David French  Tweet

If you follow free-speech controversies for any length of time, you'll understand two things about public opinion. First, an overwhelming percentage of Americans will declare their support for free speech. Second, a shocking percentage of ...



It's 1968 All Over Again
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart. The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism, and a recession looming on the horizon ...



Neither Trump nor the GOP Wants to Take Away Your Birth Control
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

There are many horrifying things about President Donald Trump that I am prepared to believe, but the claim put forward by Linda Greenhouse in the New York Times - that he has loosened up the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate ...



Trump Finally Gets His 'Travel Ban' Victory
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

For President Trump's so-called travel ban, October 10 was a big day after all. That did not seem a likely outcome when the Supreme Court removed the case from its docket, scrapping the oral arguments originally scheduled for Tuesday morning. ...



Can the NFL Survive National Polarization?
David French  Tweet

There's something that has always bothered me about the argument that commercial enterprises can't succeed if they "alienate half the audience." In the vast majority of cases, it's just wrong. America is an enormous ...