American Federalist Journal
Thursday - May 25, 2017


Fighting the Politicized, Evidence-Free 'Collusion with Russia' Narrative
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

If police believe bank robbers were hoping for inside help on a heist, they don't hold a press conference to smear the bank manager with their suspicions about "collusion." They go about the quiet police work of building a ...



Has Globalism Gone Off the Rails?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Prague - The West that birthed globalization is now in an open revolt over its own offspring, from here in Eastern Europe to southern Ohio. About half of the population in Europe and the United States seems to want to go back to the world that ...



Don't Count On the Growth Fairy
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Real economic growth in the United States has stunk on ice since the financial crisis: 1.6 percent in 2016, 2.6 percent in 2015, 2.4 percent in 2014, 1.7 percent in 2013, 2.2 percent in 2012, 1.6 percent in 2011, 2.5 percent in 2010. The economy ...



Trump's Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'We just got back from the Middle East," President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East. As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, ...



The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory Is Shameful Nonsense
David French  Tweet

Do you want to hear a truly insane conspiracy theory? It's a theory with almost as many moving parts as LBJ's alleged mob hit on John F. Kennedy . Multiple agencies involving hundreds of separate government actors are working together, ...



The Return of the Naïve Supply-Sider
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

President Donald J. Trump has produced a very silly budget proposal. Thankfully, presidential budget proposals have all the effect of a mouse passing gas in a hurricane - Congress, not the president, actually appropriates funds and writes the ...



Michael Flynn's Decision to Plead the Fifth Tells Us Nothing about His Guilt
David French  Tweet

After a short, merciful weekend break from Trump-Russia scoops, the Associated Press reported this morning that Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against ...



Trump's 'Principled Realism' Is Not Very Realistic about Islam
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

So for what exactly is the "extreme vetting" going to vet? That was the question I could not shake from my mind while listening to President Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to dozens of Sunni Islamic leaders and a global ...



Regime Change by Any Other Name?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election. There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton. Nor, once Trump was elected, did ...



Not On Our Soil
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of "chutzpah," if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by the Washington, ...



Callista Crosses the Tiber
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. But ...



Six Days in May
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The president has not been in office for a year, and already there is talk of impeachment. He is a man of means, in his seventies, and accustomed to getting his way. He seems genuinely confused by the situation. He came into office after seeing off ...



Chelsea Manning and the Problem with Pronouns
David French  Tweet

Yesterday trans Twitter got very, very angry with me. I wrote a Corner post about Chelsea Manning's release from prison, and the focus was squarely on Manning's misconduct. Manning betrayed fellow soldiers, put their lives in danger, and ...



The President's Power to End a Criminal Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

According to a portion of a memorandum the New York Times has reported on but not seen, President Trump told then-FBI director James Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go" - an ...



Anger Games
Mona Charen  Tweet

"Hate is a more powerful motivator than love." According to the new Netflix documentary "Get Me Roger Stone," that is one of the "rules" the self-described Republican "agent provocateur" has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The "evil ...



Stop Making Terrible Arguments for Blind Loyalty
David French  Tweet

If I've heard this once, I've heard it a thousand times. The argument goes something like this: "The GOP is so stupid. Look at how the Democrats handle controversy. They circle the wagons, no one breaks ranks, and their media help. ...



The Guardrails of American Democracy Can't Contain Trump
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

The pleasant surprise of the first 100 days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign-policy challenges ...



Embrace the Robots
Rich Lowry  Tweet

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly stupid policy proposals. A popular idea in ...



Roger Ailes, One of a Kind
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

On my first visit to Roger Ailes's office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes's reputation as a kind of James Bond villain ...



Sobering Success
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

When a man drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square, many minds turned immediately to terrorism, which, given the recent history of vehicular attacks -- Berlin, Nice, Stockholm, Westminster, Ohio State University, all in the past ...