American Federalist Journal
Monday - February 27, 2017


An Echo Of Trump In The Last Of The Whigs
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

Millard Fillmore is largely forgotten, but his politics have a familiar ...



Patriot Games
Rich Lowry  Tweet

John O'Sullivan had a piece on the NRO homepage Thursday commenting on the debate about patriotism and nationalism, and I can't improve upon what he wrote. But I wanted to add a few points about Jonah's G-File last weekend. First, I ...



Omar Abdel Rahman, the 'Blind Sheikh,' Is Dead
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious "Blind Sheikh" who died on Friday night while serving his life sentence in federal prison, was never shy about being a terrorist. As he put it:What kind of name is this? Why are we afraid of it? Why do we ...



The Press vs. the President
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The problem with the man currently leading the Republican party is that he is, as the Washington Post puts it, a hostage to the "fanatical policies of the extreme right." His administration "insults women" and his unwelcome ...



The Rise of the Tough-Guy Right
David French  Tweet

It's not worth spending much time talking about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday. He was the same guy we've watched since he came down that escalator on June 16, 2015. Heck, he was the same guy we watched at WrestleMania ...



Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was dismissed amid a torrent of mainstream-media reporting and disgraceful government leaks (but I repeat myself). Among the most intriguing was a New York Times report the morning after Flynn's ...



Patriotism, Not Nationalism
Mona Charen  Tweet

National Review has sparked an important debate about nationalism. As someone who has been accused throughout her life of excessive love of country (can't count the number of times I've been reproached for arguing that despite slavery, Jim Crow and ...



Washington's Supreme Court Imposes Its Progressive Faith on a Christian Florist
David French  Tweet

If you care about the Bill of Rights, the rights of conscience, or even the English language, there's a chance that this morning you felt a disturbance in the Force - as if the Founders cried out in rage and were suddenly silenced. That ...



The Cover-Up in Search of a Crime
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

It's a Watergate-era cliché that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.(function(d, s, id) { if (d. getElementById(id)) return; ...



Air It Out
Rich Lowry  Tweet

In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines - ...



How the Center Does Not Hold
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best ...



Abolish Presidents' Day
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Monday is Presidents' Day, a.k.a. Washington's Birthday (federally), a.k.a. Washington and Lincoln Day (Colorado, Ohio, Utah), a.k.a. Washington and Jefferson's Birthday (Alabama), a.k.a. Washington and Daisy Gatson Bates Day (seriously, ...



Donald Trump and Russia - What Do We Really Know?
David French  Tweet

It's a nightly occurrence in the young Trump administration. Go offline for even a moment -- just the time it takes for a Valentine's Day dinner with your family -- and you'll return to a Twitter firestorm. Last night's ...



Make the Flynn Tape Public
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Let's hear the tape. The Flynn affair is a tale of intrigue, with head-spinning twists and turns, manipulative spies, narrative-weaving pols, and strategists who mostly outsmart themselves. It is easy to get lost in the weeds. There is one easy ...



The Three-Headed Hydra of the Middle East
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The abrupt Obama administration pre-election pullout from Iraq in 2011, along with the administration's failed reset with Russia and the Iran deal, created a three-headed hydra in the Middle East. What makes the Middle East monster deadly is ...



Charity without Charities
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Philanthropy can be a funny business. Let's say you're a do-gooder in Malawi and you hear about a little girl who has been attacked by a crocodile. She is badly hurt, but her family has no money for medical care at a private clinic. What ...



Bumps in the Road: Trump vs. Obama
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

The resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn has the anti-Trump media declaring the new administration a "mess," in "turmoil" and thrown into ...



Pawns of Liberals
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police ...