American Federalist Journal
Thursday - March 23, 2017


The World on January 20, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Most Americans are worried about our domestic crises. Obama left office after doubling the debt to $20 trillion. Near-zero interest rates over eight years have impoverished an entire generation of seniors - and yet remain key to servicing the ...



Why Corporate Leaders Became Progressive Activists
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The Organization Man, whom we first met in 1956, is still very much with us. And his eccentric career since that time partly answers a question that mystifies many contemporary conservatives: Given that progressives profess to hate corporations, why ...



Where Does FISAgate End Up? Probably Nowhere.
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On Capitol Hill last week, lawmakers began rolling up their sleeves to investigate the two components of the controversy that has embroiled Washington since Donald Trump was elected president on November 8: Russian interference in the election and ...



Word Games
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Every few years, a word or bit of terminology comes along and captures the political imagination. During the George W. Bush years, the magic word was "neocon." For years, it was used as a term of abuse by the Left; later, it was adopted ...



Sessions's Firing of 46 Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys Isn't Scandalous
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In March 1993, Janet Reno began her tenure as President Bill Clinton's attorney general by summarily firing United States attorneys for 93 of the 94 federal districts (one, Michael Chertoff, was retained in New Jersey, at the request of ...



Free Market Solutions the Key to Health Care Reform
David Limbaugh  Tweet

Health care reform is an enormous challenge because when it comes to economic policy, Republicans always have an uphill battle. Their free market solutions are harder to sell in a nation that has long had one foot in the socialism ...



Obama Wiretapping? Trump Colluding? We Are Headed Down a Rabbit Hole
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

When he was Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA's disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: "If the CIA denies something, it's ...



The Perils of Jacksonian Governance
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Upon taking office, President Donald Trump dusted off a portrait of Andrew Jackson and hung it above his desk in the Oval Office. He chose better than he knew. The most jaw-dropping furor of the early Trump administration - the Obama ...



Obamacare Can't Be 'Fixed'
Larry Elder  Tweet

The moment Republicans bought into the notion that Obamacare must not just be repealed but "replaced," Democrats ...



Don't Sweat the Big Stuff
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The recent Academy Awards ceremony turned into a monotony of hate. Many of the stars who mounted the stage ranted on cue about the evils of President Donald Trump. Such cheap rhetoric is easy. But first, accusers should guarantee that their own ...



Today's Political Polarization Isn't as Striking as We Think
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'Polarize" is a funny word. I hear it all the time, including from my own mouth. The country is polarized. The parties are polarized. President Trump is polarizing. I think that's true, but I don't think the word means what ...



A Misunderstood 'Diversity'
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

A Houston scene: Three men at a high-end health club, two of them middle-aged, one of them a teenager. The older men wear bespoke button-down shirts with their jeans and high-dollar cowboy boots, while the younger man is still wearing his workout ...



O.J. and Us
Mona Charen  Tweet

The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award-winning documentary series "O.J. Simpson: Made in America" is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series -- the "trial of the century" was ...



College Campus Disgrace
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

While college administrators and professors accept disgraceful behavior, we as taxpayers, donors and parents should not foot the bill. Let's look at some of that ...



Trump's Revised Travel Ban is Just One of Many Good Developments in the War against Jihadists
David French  Tweet

It's hard to see through the thick fog of reckless tweeting and nonstop media outrage, but the good news is out there. The Trump administration is already making several fundamental, positive changes in the war against jihadists, of which its ...



The False Prophecy of the Presidential Pivot
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

It was just last week that Donald Trump had the finest moment of his short presidency -- his address to a joint session of Congress. Even many of his harshest critics praised his speech or reluctantly conceded that it was ...



Parsing Clapper
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In Monday's Morning Jolt, Jim Geraghty usefully outlined some intriguing statements made by former Obama national intelligence director James Clapper regarding the FISA surveillance controversy. Clapper's remarks, in an interview by ...



Why Do American Jews Want Thousands of Jew Haters in America?
Dennis Prager  Tweet

Last week, the Jerusalem Post and other news agencies reported that in a Paris suburb, two Jewish brothers wearing kippot (Jewish skullcaps) were attacked while driving their car by Middle Easterners driving another car. According to a case ...



While You Weren't Looking, the Democrat-Media Election-Hacking Narrative Just Collapsed
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

They're in retreat now. You may have missed it amid President Trump's startling Saturday tweet storm, the recriminations over president-on-candidate spying, and the Jeff Sessions recusal -- a whirlwind weekend. But while you ...