American Federalist Journal
Saturday - February 17, 2018


"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
- George Washington



"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master."
- George Washington



"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."
- Abraham Lincoln



"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free."
- Ronald Reagan



No Names
Mona Charen  Tweet

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid "thoughts and prayers" in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn ...



A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider
David French  Tweet

To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as ...



Is There an Obstruction Case against President Trump?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel - in the federal government, it's the ...



Who's Really Winning the North Korea Standoff?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

There have been wild reports that the United States is considering a "bloody nose" preemptive attack of some sort on North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Such rumors are unlikely to prove true. Preemptive attacks usually are based on the ...



New Gun Policies Won't Stop Mass Shootings, but People Can
David French  Tweet

The United States is facing a puzzling paradox. Even as gun crime has plunged precipitously from the terrible highs of the early 1990s, mass shootings have increased. Consider this: 15 of the 20 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred ...



What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On her way out the White House door and out of her job as national-security adviser, Susan Rice writes an email-to-self. Except it's not really an email-to-self. It is quite consciously an email for the record. Her term having ended 15 minutes ...



A New Look Into Poverty in America
Star Parker  Tweet

The meeting of minds between the libertarian Kochs and the largely traditionally Democratic communities of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities can produce new understanding and insights to fight the challenge of poverty in our ...



Science, Secrecy and Lies in Oklahoma
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

A wrongfully convicted Oklahoma City patrolman caught up in the nationwide anti-cop frenzy and social justice riots of Ferguson and ...



This Isn't Normal
Ben Shapiro  Tweet

Trump isn't a normal president. But the threat to our institutions doesn't reside only at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. -- or even primarily there. It resides with those who are willing to side with any enemy and violate every rule in order to stop the ...



This Is How Religious Liberty Really Dies
David French  Tweet

So, this is what passes for national news: First-grade teacher Jocelyn Morffi lost her job at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School a day after she returned from her Florida Keys wedding. https://t. co/4YIDMRaeIb via @NBCOUT - NBC News ...



The Curious Michael Flynn Guilty Plea
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Back in early December, Trump fans started throwing stuff at me for suggesting that we await more information about FBI agent Peter Strzok before demanding that he be drawn and quartered. Yes, it was clear that Strzok engaged in serious misconduct: ...



The Myth of America's 'Crumbling' Infrastructure
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

It's Infrastructure Week (again), and who among us can contain his excitement? The president, for one. According to reports, President Trump wanted to announce the biggest investment in public works since President Eisenhower unveiled the ...



The IRS Is Coming for Your Passports
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The U.S. government is building the world's largest debtors' prison: the United States. Beginning this month, the Internal Revenue Service will begin denying passports to some American citizens with unpaid taxes and, in some cases, ...



Liberals and Conservatives Are Unhappy for Different Reasons
Dennis Prager  Tweet

Ask unhappy leftists why they are unhappy and they are likely to respond that they are ...



Understanding the Media's Ugly Weekend
David French  Tweet

When it comes to whitewashing North Korea, one mainstream-media article is a problem. Two is a travesty. But what about three, then four, then five? What if some of them adopt a seemingly celebratory tone as they recount alleged diplomatic triumphs ...



The Dumb Controversy over the Schiff Memo
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The Schiff memo, principally authored by Democratic staff on the House Intelligence Committee under the direction of ranking member Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), is the response to the Nunes memo, which was composed by the committee's Republican ...



No, #MeToo Isn't Going to Chase Trump from Office
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Kirsten Gillibrand, dubbed the #MeToo senator by 60 Minutes, wants President Donald Trump's scalp. "I think he should resign," she told the TV program, "and if he's unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then ...



Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking - And So What?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The FISA-gate, Clinton emails, and Uranium One scandals are sort of reaching a consensus. Many things quite wrong and illegal were done by both Hillary Clinton and her entourage and members of the Obama agencies and administration - both the ...



The Crash
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

I am not much one for rubbernecking at car crashes. (I'm not setting you up for a Congress joke, here. That comes later.) Most of the time they are scary but ultimately insignificant episodes involving a little property damage and a great deal ...



The Democratic Lead Is Shrinking
David French  Tweet

A funny thing is happening to Democrats: Their lead in the generic congressional ballot is shrinking, down from healthy double digits last year to slightly more than six points now. To be sure, the Democrats are still favored to take the House, and ...