American Federalist Journal
Thursday - March 30, 2017


Obamacare Was Designed to Explode -- Dems Want Single-Payer
Larry Elder  Tweet

There were two big winners when the House failed to take up the President Donald Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare: Barack Obama, who saw Obamacare stand; and Dr. Ben Carson, who was smart enough to pick Housing and Urban Development ...



California Shamelessly Persecutes Pro-Life Journalists
David French  Tweet

It's becoming increasingly clear that in the state of California, the right to abort a child is the chief liberty in the land, and all other liberties must bow before it. Few things illustrate this sad and morbid truth more than the decision ...



The Yanks over There - 100 Years Ago
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I. The ongoing conflict ended just 19 months later with an Allied victory. The United States did not win the war alone, given the far earlier and greater sacrifices of ...



Bad Medicine on 'Carried Interest'
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

President Donald Trump, the great negotiator who couldn't persuade Republicans to vote for a Republican health-care plan, has suggested that he'll be teaming up with the Democrats to develop an alternative. On the matter of entitlement ...



Freedom Caucus, Today's Abolitionists
Star Parker  Tweet

The House Freedom Caucus and its chairman, North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, are taking flak, many saying they are responsible for the failure to pass the American Health Care ...



Benjamin Crump: TV's Rising Fake News Star
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

He's the new Al Sharpton on steroids -- and he's coming to a TV near ...



Educational Sabotage
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian ...



Devin Nunes Should Step Down as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
David French  Tweet

Let's begin with two assertions, both of which should be inarguable. First, no one in Washington is entitled to any position of power or responsibility. Second, the greater the power or responsibility, the more integrity, character, and -- ...



In the Nunes Affair, Don't Lose Sight of the Unanswered Questions
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Let us stipulate that it would be difficult for House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and the Trump White House to have handled a critical intelligence matter any worse. Still, the questions Nunes has raised are more ...



Paul Ryan Is a Convenient Scapegoat
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Paul Ryan did it. That's the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP's failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill last week. ...



Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In
Dennis Prager  Tweet

According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives, and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican repeal and replace Obamacare ...



An Army of Straw Men Keeps Campus Intolerance Alive
David French  Tweet

If there is one constant in the battles over free speech on campus, it's this: Apologists for intolerance can rarely justify censorship without making stuff up. Confronted with the difficulty of justifying the actual facts of actual ...



On Obamacare, a Party-Wide Failure
Rich Lowry  Tweet

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care. They came up with a substantively indefensible bill, put it on an absurd fast-track to passage, didn't seriously try to sell it to the public, fumbled their ...



Like Ike
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Dwight Eisenhower on March 28, 1969. He was born in the 19th century and was one of the indispensable figures of the 20th. There were more consequential men in his generation, "consequential" ...



The Russian Farce
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The American Left used to lecture the nation about its supposedly paranoid suspicions of Russia. The World War II alliance with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union had led many leftists to envision a continuing post-war friendship with Russia. During ...



Deliver Us From Scripture-citers
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

The Bible is a sacred text, not a Cliffs Notes for federal ...



FISAgate: The Question Is Not Whether Trump Associates Were Monitored
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In light of how controversial the matter has become, it's unfortunate to find so much uniformed commentary, especially in cable-TV land, about foreign intelligence collection and its so-called minimization protocols -- particularly, the ...



On the Outside, Looking Out
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

This is the great paradox of our time: In 2017, it has never been easier for us to satisfy our wants, but we seldom have been more dissatisfied. In the United States, in Europe, in Latin America, and even (more quietly) in parts of Asia and in ...



Health-Care Reform Won't Fix What Really Hurts American Health
David French  Tweet

In 2016, two truths were revealed at once. First, the percentage of uninsured Americans hit a record low -- a mere 8.6 percent. In 2010, almost 50 million Americans lacked health insurance. By the beginning of 2016 that number had plunged to 27.3 ...



Islam and the Jihad in London
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It was a careful choice of words, Bernard Lewis being nothing if not careful. In 2004, the West audibly gasped when its preeminent scholar of Islam famously told the German newspaper Die Welt,"Europe will be Islamic by the end of the ...