American Federalist Journal
Monday - December 18, 2017


Freedom Isn't Free
David French  Tweet

Editor's Note: As part of National Review Institute's End-of-Year Appeal, NRI fellows are sharing words of wisdom and inspiration. Today, David French explains NRI's mission as a conservative institution in our shared culture. In ...



Just Say 'Yes' to Prosperity
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The more squared-away among us have been doing their Christmas shopping for a while. People like me are getting started. It's fashionable to dislike shopping. Men of course aren't supposed to enjoy shopping, because shopping is a ...



Constant Hysterics Damage Our Democracy
David French  Tweet

Late last night, while reading a stream of apocalyptic rhetoric about the repeal of net neutrality and the "end of the internet as we know it," I reached the shattering conclusion that one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite ...



Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump's Campaign?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

President Trump ought to direct his Justice Department and FBI to provide the House Intelligence Committee with the FISA warrant application -- any FISA warrant application -- in which they relied on information from the Steele dossier in seeking ...



GOP Needn't Despair About Alabama
David Limbaugh  Tweet

Republicans should not be disheartened by Roy Moore's loss in Alabama, because the election had little to do with Doug Jones -- and probably even less with Donald Trump or the Republican ...



The Media's Democratic Ties
Erick Erickson  Tweet

This past week, the Washington Post ran a pretty incredible story about the Democrat opposition research group, Fusion ...



What if America Won a War and No One Cared?
David French  Tweet

The announcement came on Saturday. Just three days before the Alabama special election that transfixed the nation, and on the same day that President Trump fact-checked the Washington Post's Dave Weigel, Iraq's prime minister declared ...



President Trump Is Losing the Support of Fox Viewers
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The most important poll number to come out this week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump. We'll get to the numbers in a minute. First: some disclosure. I'm a Fox ...



Can Only Trump Survive Trump?
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected president Barack Obama's party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had ...



It Wasn't All Steve Bannon
Mona Charen  Tweet

Republican politics was starting to feel like a version of Mel Brooks' "The Producers." In the play, two scammers devise a tax write-off scheme in which they will make a killing by losing money on a Broadway show. They reach for the most grotesque, ...



Trump's 'Abysmal' Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?
Larry Elder  Tweet

About a year into President Donald Trump's first term, the jury for much of the country and for most of the major media has returned its verdict: Trump is a ...



Last Night, the New South Defeated the Old South
David French  Tweet

I was born in Opelika, Ala., in 1969. My parents were students at Auburn University, and after they graduated I spent my entire childhood in the South, moving from Alabama to Louisiana to Tennessee to Kentucky. I had the privilege of growing up in a ...



Why Trump Should Consider a Post-Twitter Presidency
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Almost every supposedly informed prediction about President Donald Trump's compulsive Twitter addiction has so far proved wrong. He did not tweet his way out of the Republican nomination. Spontaneous social-media messaging did not lose Trump ...



Next Year in Jerusalem?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas says he will no longer accept a role for the United States in the ongoing Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, which have produced little in the way of negotiation and nothing in the way of meaningful peace. If ...



Let's Liberate Blacks From Left-Wing Politics
Star Parker  Tweet

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows yet another perspective on the deep racial division in our ...



Our Progressive Press
David French  Tweet

Every now and then, you read a statement that makes you realize just how vast the gulf is between the Right and the Left in this country. Earlier this morning, I read two. Here's the first, from Vox's Ezra Klein: .@drvox has written ...



The Politics of Humiliation
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

African Americans occupy a strange social niche. They are at once profoundly alienated from the mainstream of American society and somewhere near to the heart of it, inasmuch as black culture is one of the great wellsprings of American culture. ...



Port Authority Jihadist Charged with Federal Terrorism Crimes
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The terrorism charges filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday against the Port Authority jihadist underscore that, while the rhetoric from the White House is different, the change of administrations from Obama to Trump has not altered the ...



The Comprehensive Case against Roy Moore
David French  Tweet

Partisan politics does strange things to human minds. I continue to see Twitter, Facebook, and my email inbox light up with the most bizarre comparisons. Roy Moore is like Martin Luther King Jr. Moore is like General George S. Patton. Moore is like ...



Port Authority Jihadist Attack: Why the Rush to Civilian Court?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

If the New York Times is correct, it looks like Akayed Ullah, the Bangladeshi jihadist whose bomb detonated prematurely at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square during the morning rush hour, is going to be charged with terrorism crimes ...