American Federalist Journal
Wednesday - November 22, 2017


Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
President George Washington, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" ...



Taking Harassment Seriously Requires Serious Distinctions
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

There's a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation, and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it's a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era ...



The Sultans of America and Their Harems
Ben Shapiro  Tweet

Americans have been buried in the last six weeks by a blizzard of reports of sexual harassment, assault, misconduct and malfeasance from our politicians, journalists and Hollywood ...



Dumb Sensors, Deadly Consequences
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez's death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande ...



Void the Non-Disclosure Agreements That Conceal Congressional Misconduct
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

CNN's Jake Tapper urges that non-disclosure agreements in cases of congressional misconduct -- specifically, sexual-misconduct settlements -- be nullified. I could not agree more. Here's his tweet: I wonder if any member of Congress will ...



The Supreme Court Is a Dangerous Conservative Obsession
David French  Tweet

Late last week Alabama governor Kay Ivey said out loud what I've been hearing from friends and acquaintances across the conservative movement. Even if Roy Moore's accusers are telling the truth, they'll vote for Moore. Why? The ...



Taking Harassment Seriously Requires Serious Distinctions
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

There's a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation, and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it's a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era ...



Yes, Deficits Still Matter
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

There's a lot not to like about the current Republican tax proposal, beginning with its effect on the debt, to which it will add about $1.3 trillion, according to current estimates. It is becoming something of an unfortunate tradition in ...



For Slimy Senators, Our Conviction Should Be Expulsion
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The spirit of the times has opened the floodgates of long-suppressed heartache. Victimized women are thus coming forward a decade or more after being abused by this political don or that show-biz celeb -- who, in Al Franken's case, could be ...



The Treasury Secretary's Wife
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

First ladies are bad enough, and the recent habit of referring to the wife of the vice president as "the second lady" is nauseating. The first Mrs. Trump does have a point: From a certain point of view, Melanie is the third lady. But ...



In the Age of Sexual Misconduct, How Is Mike Pence a Problem?
David French  Tweet

A funny thing happened on the road to common sense, rationality, and respect for women. Mike Pence somehow became a villain again. In the month since the New York Times and The New Yorker exposed Harvey Weinstein as one of America's more ...



We Were Young
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Matthew Yglesias has written a frank if not exactly penitent column in Vox arguing that Democrats were wrong to rally around Bill Clinton when it came to light that he was using at least one White House intern as a sexual appliance. Other ...



Roy Moore Is Pure Steve Bannon
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell. For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate's tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment, and a ...



Putin Isn't Interested in Helping America
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Toward the end of his twelve-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, "When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics -- ...



The Left's Attacks on Megyn Kelly Are a Sign of Our Dispiriting Times
David French  Tweet

I can't claim to know Megyn Kelly well. I was a guest on her old show at Fox a few times, and each time I found her to be polite, professional, and committed to ascertaining the truth. She is, in fact, among the best of the hosts I've ...



The Uses of Disgrace
Mona Charen  Tweet

In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents ...



Joe Biden's Muddled Response to the Texas Shooting Was Unintentionally Revealing
David French  Tweet

The Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooting presents a serious problem for those who claim that the government offers the answer for gun violence. After all, the government failed at every turn, and it was up to a private citizen to stop one of the ...



America's Indispensable Friends
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications, and travel. Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya ...



Regime Change
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It's time for regime change, and I'm not talking about throwing President Trump out of office. Robert Higgs, the great economic historian, coined the term "regime uncertainty" to describe a situation in which investors lose ...



We Don't Need a Special Counsel to Investigate the Clinton Foundation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Republicans, whether in the White House or on Capitol Hill, do not seem to appreciate how much they may be undermining what they say they want - a serious investigation of the Clinton Foundation and such related matters as the Uranium One ...



The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity
David French  Tweet

Speaking broadly, there are two great, competing temptations that tug at the Christian Church. Both of them are based on the fear of man. The first is the one that the theologically orthodox discuss and battle the most: the temptation to forsake ...