American Federalist Journal
Monday - February 27, 2017


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Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

I have lost touch with my friend Mark, and, assuming he is alive, it will be some work to track him down, because he is periodically homeless or semi-homeless. My first impression was that his economic condition was mainly the result of his having ...



Trump Wants to Deconstruct the Regulatory State? Good. Here's How You Start
David French  Tweet

On Thursday at CPAC, Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon outlined what he called the "three verticals" of the Trump administration, providing in essence a broad sketch of Trumpism. The first he called "national ...



Prison Is for the Guilty
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

No sooner had Robert M. Gill received his get-out-of-jail-free card than he was back at it again. One of a record 1,715 felons to have their lengthy jail sentences commuted by President Barack Obama, Gill celebrated his dumb luck - sudden ...



Despite the Hysteria, Trump Is Trending Less Authoritarian Than Obama
David French  Tweet

Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump's decision to rescind the Obama administration's transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality -- the Trump administration just relinquished federal authority over gender-identity ...



Trump's 'Madman Theory' Diplomacy
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign-policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment, and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American ...



The Myth of the Passive President
Rich Lowry  Tweet

President Donald Trump gives the impression of having done everything in his first month in the White House - except think about Congress.A couple of months ago, there were congressional Republicans reluctantly on the Trump train who would ...



The Press Is Not the Enemy
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, had an unfortunate turn of phrase the other day. She said it's the mission of the press to "control exactly what people think."My suspicion is that this was less a Freudian ...



What's Up With Rape in Sweden?
Mona Charen  Tweet

President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you've heard, Trump referred to "(what happened) last night in Sweden." On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and ...



A Federal Court of Appeals Goes to War against the Second Amendment
David French  Tweet

What happens when you mix contempt for individual rights with a healthy dose of willful ignorance and fear? You get the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court that's teaching the legal Left the recipe for attacking the Second ...



The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Activists portray illegal immigration solely as a human story of the desperately poor from south of the border fleeing misery to start new, productive lives in the U.S. -- despite exploitation and America's nativist immigration laws. But the ...



CPAC's Odd Tango with Milo Yiannopoulos
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

On Saturday, Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the premier conservative confab the Conservative Political Action Conference, wrote on Twitter: "We think free speech includes hearing Milo's ...



There's Nothing Free
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

It was Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman who made famous the adage, "There's no such thing as a free ...



Trump's New Guidance Calls for Vigorous Immigration Enforcement
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The immigration-enforcement guidance issued by President Trump Tuesday morning patently aims to shift the presumption against deportation created by President Obama's guidance. In 2014, under the guise of setting out "immigration ...



The Rage against the Machine - Understanding the Milo Phenomenon
David French  Tweet

Last week Bryan Curtis, the editor-at-large of the The Ringer, Bill Simmons's interesting new sports and pop-culture website, wrote a much-discussed piece called "Sportswriting Has Become a Liberal Profession -- Here's How It ...



What's Happening In Sweden
Rich Lowry  Tweet

As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden. At a campaign rally over the weekend, Trump issued forth ...



Planet Nebraska
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Answer: California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Question: Whatever happened to world hunger? World hunger is in dramatic decline. As our friends at HumanProgress. org reported over the ...



Why Professors Object to Being Recorded
Dennis Prager  Tweet

After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, went into an extended hate rant against the ...