American Federalist Journal
Saturday - August 19, 2017


What about It, Mitch?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Donald Trump is on the hunt for a scapegoat, and he has settled on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. He isn't entirely wrong to do so. As a candidate, Trump promised big doings: repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with ...



Mueller's Raid on Manafort's Home
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Here's the thing to bear in mind about the Washington Post's report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had the FBI execute a search warrant against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in late July: Prosecutors don't do ...



Into the Abyss: A Scenario for the Next Korean War
David French  Tweet

"One principal lesson of the Gulf War is that, if a state intends to fight the United States, it should avoid doing so until and unless it possesses nuclear weapons." - Krishnaswamy Sundarji, former chief of staff, Indian army To ...



Is California Cracking Up?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Corporate profits at California-based transnational corporations such as Apple, Facebook, and Google are hitting record highs. California housing prices from La Jolla to Berkeley along the Pacific Coast can top $1,000 a square foot. It seems as if ...



Google Burns a Heretic
Mona Charen  Tweet

James Damore is fortunate that we don't burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed. The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world's largest companies embodies every left-wing ...



What's Next for the Beleaguered Party System?
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'The Trump base is far bigger and stronger than ever before," the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that "will never change." Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn't ...



See a Little Light
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It is easy to despair: nuclear confrontation abroad, social and intellectual decline at home. But the calendar helps, sometimes. At the nation's leading technology company, an engineer has been blacklisted for having unpopular political views, ...



The Google Firing Demonstrates That Identity Politics Is Incoherent and Vicious
David French  Tweet

If there is one good thing that can perhaps come from Google's abrupt firing of Jeffrey Damore, the employee who wrote a memo urging the company to increase its ideological diversity and try different, non-discriminatory methods for increasing ...



Rosenstein Fails to Defend His Failure to Limit Mueller's Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

To what should be the surprise of no one, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tried to defend his conferral of boundless jurisdiction to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Donald Trump. But the conferral is ...



Why Does the Left Suddenly Hate Russia?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Russian Realism? No one doubts that Vladimir Putin's Russia is no ally of the U.S. But rivalry is quite a different notion than returning to the Cold War, when enemies faced each other down with arsenals of nuclear missiles. Quite strangely, ...



The 'Anti-Diversity Screed' That Wasn't
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The first thing to know about the instantly infamous "anti-diversity screed" written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn't anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on ...



Lena Dunham and Google Demonstrate Why Our Free Speech Culture Is Slipping Away
David French  Tweet

When I talk about free speech, I often ask the audience two questions. First, did you know that the Supreme Court has been steadily expanding free-speech rights? Second, do you feel freer to speak now than you did five years ago? The answers are ...



Is Mueller's Grand Jury Impeachment Step One?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The principal function of a federal grand jury is to investigate a suspected crime with an eye toward returning an indictment - a formal accusation of felony misconduct. In the alternative, a grand jury may file a "no true bill," a ...



The Ghost of Hillary Still Haunts Evangelicals
David French  Tweet

It almost never fails. When I'm asked to speak to Evangelical audiences about politics, I can predict the reaction to the speech based almost entirely on the age of the audience. If a Christian is older than me, he's often angry. If ...



No 'Comprehensive' Immigration Reform
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Conservative efforts at health-care reform are, for the moment, a shambles. Conservative efforts at tax reform are foundering as well, though their prospects may be sunnier, given the habitual Republican appetite for tax cuts of almost any ...



Mattress Girl Discredited
Mona Charen  Tweet

If you haven't heard of the "mattress girl," it's not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University's campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled ...



Good News: Attorney General Sessions Takes On Affirmative Action in College Admissions
David French  Tweet

There are many reasons that conservatives rallied so strongly around Jeff Sessions in his recent conflict with President Trump. Last night, we gained another reason to be glad that he runs the Department of Justice. The New York Times reported that ...



The Problem of Competitive Victimhood
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The startling 2016 presidential election weakened the notion of tribal identity rather than a shared American identity. And it may have begun a return to the old idea of unhyphenated Americans. Many working-class voters left the Democratic party and ...



Why Doesn't Trump Just Unmask the Unmasking?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Is "unmasking" the Republican version of "collusion": dramatic huffing and puffing in lieu of something truly worth huffing and puffing about? I wonder. I've watched the story closely but I haven't written about ...



Don't Let the Left Define Conservative Opposition to Trump
David French  Tweet

It's predictable as night following day. Whenever a conservative criticizes Donald Trump - or even attacks the GOP for enabling his rise - some on the left will respond, "Well, if you really opposed him, you'd oppose ...