American Federalist Journal
Friday - June 23, 2017


Can You Obstruct a Fraud?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On March 30, 2017, by his own account, then-FBI director James Comey told President Donald Trump that Trump himself was not under investigation -- the third time he had given him that assurance. In fact, Comey told Trump that he had just assured ...



Big Government and the Epidemic of Violence
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

What's the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America? Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain, and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn't have prevented it, I think it has to be the media ...



He's A Republican Now
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent, and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular, and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his ...



From Americans to Americans
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

After the attempted assassination of House Republican whip Steve Scalise by a Democratic activist and Bernie Sanders supporter, a peculiar turn of phrase began to be repeated: "The cold civil war is heating up." There are those who dream ...



Mend, Don't End, Mueller's Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

There's law and there's politics. When it comes to Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to conduct the so-called Russia investigation, the Justice Department did politics. That is why the public discussion of Mueller's ...



When Speech Inspires Violence, Protect Liberty While Restoring Virtue
David French  Tweet

If the initial reports from Virginia are true (a big "if"), America may have just witnessed a textbook example of lone-wolf progressive terrorism. According to multiple news reports, the man who opened fire on a baseball field full of ...



Can a Divided America Survive?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The United States is currently the world's oldest democracy. But America is no more immune from collapse than were some of history's most stable and impressive consensual governments. Fifth-century Athens, Republican Rome, Renaissance ...



The Left Embraces Political Violence
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

This is why the standard liberal motto -- that violence is never legitimate, even though it may sometimes be necessary to resort to it -- is insufficient. From a radical emancipatory perspective, this formula should be reversed: for the oppressed, ...



Attorney General Sessions's Recusal Was Unnecessary
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

I have argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions's recusal from the so-called Russia investigation was a mistake. The attorney general's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon bolstered this conclusion. ...



Trump Will Probably Be Impeached if Republicans Lose the House
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The 1998 midterm election was a debacle for Republicans, particularly then-speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Since Reconstruction, no president had seen his party gain seats in the House in a midterm election six years into his presidency. ...



To Defend Trump, the GOP Is Becoming a Party Bill Clinton Would Love
David French  Tweet

Before there was Donald Trump, there was another charismatic presidential candidate who led his party out of the White House wilderness. A political miracle worker all his own, he resurrected himself from the political grave so many times that one ...



One Year After the Orlando Massacre, Here's the Question America Needs to Ask
David French  Tweet

It's been exactly a year since an Islamic terrorist named Omar Mateen walked into Orlando's Pulse nightclub and opened fire. He killed 49 people, injured 53, and -- in the middle of the attack -- pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS, ...



The Impeachment War
Rich Lowry  Tweet

American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached. No one is saying it explicitly, but these are the stakes in the Russia controversy and its spinoffs and in the 2018 midterms. If Democrats take the ...



The Endless Ironies of Donald J. Trump
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Here are the ironies of Donald Trump as president. 1) For the Left (both Political and Media) The Left was mostly untroubled for eight years about the often unconstitutional abuses of Barack Obama -- given that they saw their shared noble aims as ...



Thinking about the Comey Memos
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The commentary about James Comey's memoranda has been all over the map. The former FBI director says he made memos contemporaneous to, or immediately after, all nine of the meetings or phone calls he recalls having had with Donald Trump, when ...



Trump's Credibility Problem
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

'People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." So said President Nixon. What about President Trump? "Crook" is a funny word. The armchair Nietzscheans out there will be ...



A Satisfying 'Star Wars' Sequel
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Ronald Reagan is owed an apology. In 1983, President Reagan gave a speech in which he called for the development of a missile-defense system. The project was called the Strategic Defense Initiative, but Democrats and their media cheerleaders mocked ...



How to Think about Low-Income Housing
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Well, raise my rent! Here's a great big Muppet News Flash from the Washington Post: Average-priced goods are relatively expensive for low-wage consumers. Seriously. Today's entry in the great national stupidity sweepstakes comes from ...



Why Trump Fired Comey
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

At last, at least for your humble correspondent, this week's big hearing brought clarity. I now believe President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey because he believes Comey intentionally misled the public ...



Bernie Sanders Shows How Religious Ignorance Breeds Progressive Intolerance
David French  Tweet

If your political sun has been rising and setting on the cage match between Donald Trump and James Comey, there's an ominous little story that you might have missed. In an otherwise-uneventful Senate hearing for Russell Vought, Trump's ...