American Federalist Journal
Sunday - February 7, 2016


In Defense of Football
David French  Tweet

I grew up in the kind of neighborhood where I could walk with my football to the field near my house, kick the ball around a few times, and -- within minutes -- my friends would be pouring out of their homes ready to play for hours on end. Those ...



Slow-Motion Euthanasia
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It was strange to see Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng in chains, but there she was: shackled, in purplish county-jail scrubs, heavy chains swinging across her belly. She doesn't look like much of a menace to society; in fact, she looks ...



Ambition vs. Conviction on the Debate Stage
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

In the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton came up with her fourth explanation for the gluttonous speaking fees and campaign contributions that the financial sector and investment firms "Wall Street," in liberal ...



Hillary's E-mail Recklessness Compromised Our National Security
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

'Secrecy" sounds so sinister. And when we're talking about government, that is as it should be. In a self-governing society, transparency is our default setting. Secrecy is the government's way of concealing corruption, ...



Hillary's Sincerity Problem
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Dear Reader (including those of you who wanted a Trump-free "news"letter, which this is. Please clap). For reasons having to do with Original Sin, I had to watch the whole Democratic debate last night -- sober! So for that, and other ...



An Open Letter to Jeb Bush
Mona Charen  Tweet

Dear Gov. Bush: There are many ways to express your love of country. One is to serve as president. In your case, that path seems closed. Since April, you spent the better part of $15 million in Iowa, yet you came sixth, winning just 2.8 percent of ...



Ted Cruz and the Body of Christ
David Limbaugh  Tweet

There is a misplaced fear -- shared, I'm sad to say, by many on the right -- that Christian conservatives are zealots, theocrats and all-around ...



Cruz, Rubio, and the Moral Bankruptcy of Progressive Identity Politics
David French  Tweet

Here is the first reality of American identity politics: White progressives run the entire enterprise. Here is the second reality: That means sexual liberty trumps all, including racial equality. How else to explain the mainstream media's ...



The 'Establishment' Nonsense
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of "establishment," an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat ...



Don't Discount Donald Trump
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump's loss in Iowa wasn't just a victory for conservatives, but a loss for the mogul's routinely low and dishonest style of campaigning. There was nothing subtle about his disgraceful attacks on Ted Cruz's ...



Conservatives Shouldn't Throw around the 'Republican Obama' Label Lightly
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'The Republican Obama."That's the new hot attack on Senator Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Cruz has been called the same thing in the past. But ...



Does Hillary's Résumé Make her the 'Best-Qualified' Candidate?
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

Is Hillary Clinton qualified to be president? To hear some of her prominent supporters tell it, no candidate could be more ...



Donald Trump: Clueless About Free Trade
Larry Elder  Tweet

One of Donald Trump's talking points and biggest applause lines is how "they" -- Japan, China and Mexico -- are "beating us in trade" and are "taking our jobs." He proposes tariffs, for example, on Chinese goods in retaliation for that country's ...



Heroin: Blame It On America
Ann Coulter  Tweet

Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a ...



Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer: America's Disease-Fighting Phony
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

Latin America's Zika virus is the latest undocumented immigrant to hit our shores, but have no ...



Isn't It Strange?
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in ...



Life, Liberty, and Love of the Constitution: What Mattered to Iowa's Evangelicals
David French  Tweet

According to the pre-vote conventional wisdom, the Iowa caucus was the moment when conservative Evangelicals were going to reveal themselves as the unprincipled bigots the secular media believe them to be. After all, they were going to vote for ...



The Decline of Political Party Power
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major ...



Honey, We Built the Party
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

On December 2, 1991, National Review published a cover with the headline "Honey, We Shrunk the Party." It featured "The Two Bobs" - the Senate's Dole and the House's Michel - examining a dwarf elephant ...



Obama's Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The latest revelations regarding Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information are stunning. For example, several of the former secretary of state's "private" e-mails contain national-defense information so ...