American Federalist Journal
Wednesday - October 18, 2017


The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Leaves a Trail of Hypocrisy
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members ...



Stop Exploiting Victims for Political Gain
David French  Tweet

Let me begin with a crass question. Does the fact that Representative Steve Scalise got shot make him more or less of an expert on gun control? In other words, does his suffering render him a political voice worth listening to in debates over ...



The Great Regulatory Rollback
Rich Lowry  Tweet

One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama's rule by administrative fiat are tumbling. The latest is his signature Clean Power Plan, which Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will begin the arduous ...



A Vicious Virtue
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Not long ago, late-night comedian and would-be philosopher Steven Colbert signaled the nation his virtuous outrage over the Trump presidency. Colbert offered that Trump had "a feeble f***ing anemic firefly of a soul." His puerile efforts ...



Harvey Weinstein, Fox News, and the Power of Self-Interest
David French  Tweet

So it turns out that basically everyone in Hollywood knew that Harvey Weinstein sexually harasses women, abuses his employees, and has a violent streak. It was one of those things we call an "open secret," a secret perhaps even more open ...



Harvey Weinstein, Fox News, and the Power of Self-Interest
David French  Tweet

So it turns out that basically everyone in Hollywood knew that Harvey Weinstein sexually harasses women, abuses his employees, and has a violent streak. It was one of those things we call an "open secret," a secret perhaps even more open ...



Our 21st-Century Second Amendment
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

A progressive correspondent asks: "If you were drafting the Constitution in 2017, would you include the Second Amendment?" It's an ignorant question, but one that was asked in good faith, and the answer may be illuminating to some ...



Collusion and the Trump Dossier
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It is an article of faith among the president's most ardent supporters: The Trump dossier is a completely discredited piece of garbage. Hence, its relevance is limited to one matter and one matter alone: The dossier's suspected use by ...



An American Madness
Mona Charen  Tweet

All countries have mental illness, but its expression differs dramatically by culture. Historically, in Southeast Asia, men whose minds were coming unglued displayed symptoms of wild, uncontrolled violence. It was called "amok" and entered our ...



Against the Misguided Moral Superiority of Gun Controllers
David French  Tweet

By now you've seen it a thousand times. On Twitter, in print, and on the air, Democratic politicians and progressive activists try to name and shame conservatives - especially conservative politicians - who offer "thoughts ...



Tillerson Should Go
Rich Lowry  Tweet

If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resigned, how would anyone know? He has become the nation's least influential top diplomat in recent memory. His relationship with the president of the United States is strained at best, he has no philosophy ...



Politicians and Guns: Follow the Votes, Not the Money
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

An old rule of thumb holds that when someone says it's not about the money, it's really about the money. But there are exceptions to almost every rule. The National Rifle Association is a case in point. In the wake of the horror in Las ...



What about Event Security?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, everybody is talking about gun control. We should be talking about event planning. With all due respect to Bret Stephens, who recently argued in the New York Times for repealing the Second Amendment and ...



The Left Misunderstands the Power of the NRA
David French  Tweet

It never fails. Every single time there is a mass shooting in the United States, a huge section of the Left singles out a single political culprit. Yes, they condemn the shooter, but it's almost as if there's another murderer out there, ...



The Glass House of the NFL
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The National Football League is a glass house that was cracking well before Donald Trump's criticism of players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. The NFL earned an estimated $14 billion last year. But 500-channel television, ...



Team Pence Dreams of a 'Purge'
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

What's a revolution without purges? Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, held a meeting with major Republican donors and suggested that they conduct a "purge" -- his word -- of Republican officeholders who are ...



Mr. President, Decertify the Iran Deal and Then Walk Away
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The question is not whether President Trump should decertify President Obama's farcical Iran nuclear deal. Of course he should. Indeed, he must: Even if we set common sense to the side, federal law requires it. Instead, there are two ...



Jimmy Kimmel Is Sincerely Wrong about Guns
David French  Tweet

It's a distressing reality of our hyper-politicized culture that all too many people value fame and good intentions over facts and reason. And so it is with the rise of the Left's philosopher-comedians, the men and women that the ...



The GOP Base Is Beyond Trump's Control
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against "the establishment," we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by ...



It's Time to Do Nothing about Guns
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

As the White Rabbit said: "Don't just do something -- stand there." In a podcast the day after the massacre in Las Vegas, Michael Graham asked me what supporters of the Second Amendment ought to do in reaction to such horrifying ...