American Federalist Journal
Thursday - March 23, 2017


We're Against Emotionalism, Except When We're Not
Mona Charen  Tweet

Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch's calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the ...



What to Do About Obamacare and the Uninsurable? Free Markets and Charity!
Larry Elder  Tweet

When it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare, defenders of President Barack Obama's signature domestic law constantly ask, "What about those with pre-existing ...



The Left Distorts Originalism to Attack Judge Gorsuch
David French  Tweet

Why can't United States senators, law-school deans, and journalists bother to understand or fairly characterize the legal doctrines they so vigorously oppose? This morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein - fresh from lecturing Neil Gorsuch on ...



Law Takes a Holiday
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

In the 1934 romantic movie Death Takes a Holiday, Death assumes human form for three days, and the world turns chaotic. The same thing happens when the law goes on a vacation. Rules are unenforced or politicized. Citizens quickly lose faith in the ...



Defund the National Endowment for the Arts - for Art's Sake
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Of course we should kill the National Endowment for the Arts - not because we don't care about art, but because we do. The ladies and gentlemen of the NEA are the Medicis of mediocrity, and the sooner we are done with them the better. The ...



A Nation of Law, Not Politics, with Gorsuch
Star Parker  Tweet

My first experience with Senate confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court justice nominee was in 1991 at the hearings for Clarence ...



Bring Assata Back ASAP
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

If FBI agents have time to track down Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys, why can't they bring back AWOL convicted cop-killer Assata ...



Transgender Challenges
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

Determining one's own sex or that of another used to be a simple ...



No, Senator Feinstein, Roe v. Wade Is Not a 'Superprecedent'
David French  Tweet

Watching Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing yesterday, I had a flashback. The year was 2005. Republican (soon to be Democratic) senator Arlen Specter brandished a bulky chart purporting to show dozens of Supreme Court cases upholding Roe v. ...



Republicans Are Finding It Hard to Play Defense
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia's election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense. House Republicans had a good time investigating the ...



The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements
Dennis Prager  Tweet

All addictions -- whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex or cigarettes -- are very hard to ...



Religious Liberty Isn't a Government Privilege
David French  Tweet

Thus far there are two unfolding lines of attack on Judge Neil Gorsuch. The first is so intellectually absurd as to be frivolous - that he rules for the wrong people. In other words, the critic ignores the legal reasoning and focuses only on ...



A 140-Character Flaw
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The Trump administration is in the throes of one of the greatest self-inflicted distractions of the modern presidency. The latest chapter comes from James Comey in highly anticipated congressional testimony. The FBI director said that he has no ...



Monasteries of the Mind
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

So long, it's been good to know ya, So long, it's been good to know ya, So long, it's been good to know ya. This dusty old dust is a-gettin' my home, And I got to be driftin' along. andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; ...



The Social Machine
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Funny thing about American manufacturing: The good news about what's happening at American factories often sounds like bad news to politicians. American factories are one of the wonders of the world, and, in spite of what President Donald ...



Ditch Obamacare, and Don't Stop There
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

It would take a miracle for Congress to find the courage to pull up the whole misbegotten system by its roots. But the payoff would be even more ...



Hollywood Is Addicted to Politics
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Los Angeles - "Black Range Rover!" calls the parking valet at Soho House in West Hollywood, and a row of tanned and unlined and well-tended faces with practiced, thoughtful, ...



Another Federal Court of Appeals Attacks the Second Amendment
David French  Tweet

Imagine you're up late one night. It's after midnight, and maybe you're finishing a movie. Or perhaps you're reading a book, and it's too good to put down. Or maybe you're like a young man named Andrew Scott: ...



The Anglo-Americans
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Daniel Hannan, member of the European Parliament and longtime friend of National Review, pronounces the word "democracy" unlike any American politician -- and it is not his English accent. American politicians of the Left use ...



The Travel Ban Is about Vetting - Which Means It's about Islam
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It is not about the executive orders. When it comes to protecting the United States from the threats posed by radical Islam, it has never been about President Donald Trump's executive orders: the first one that was torpedoed by the radical ...