American Federalist Journal
Monday - April 24, 2017


What Rick Perlstein's Embarrassing New York Times Essay Gets Wrong
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

If you'll forgive the self-indulgence, let me start by sharing a few things about my professional life since Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, in no particular order. Every day, on social media, I am attacked, dismissed, ...



United Is Why People Hate Capitalism
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Capitalism is unpopular for four reasons: banks, health-insurance companies, cable providers, and airlines. These all have something in common. Airlines are in the wringer this week, with United shaming itself in spectacular fashion: Having ...



The Life and Ministry of Christ
David Limbaugh  Tweet

From Chapter 4 of David Limbaugh's "The True ...



The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton's Electoral Rationalizations
David French  Tweet

At this point, it's safe to say that Nimrata Randhawa has a far, far better chance to be the first female president of the United States than Hillary Clinton. But here's the question: When or if Nimrata (she goes by "Nikki") ...



The Russian Stooge
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels. How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a ...



The Obama Administration's Zelig
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Susan Rice is the real version of Woody Allen's cinematic character Zelig, who in the movie of the same name popped up almost anywhere as an expert on anything. As U.N. ambassador from 2009 to 2013, and later as National Security Adviser from ...



The Middle East: Where American Political Idealism Goes to Die
David French  Tweet

We're less than 100 days into the Trump presidency, and already a streak has been maintained: After last night's airstrike in Syria, each of the last seven American presidents has launched his own entirely new military operation against ...



Is Rice's 'Crime' the New 'Wire Tapping'?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

While news seems to be breaking in every direction, there are two storylines in the continuing saga of allegations about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Obama-administration spying on Team Trump. The first, as Victor Davis Hanson has ...



War, Willy-Nilly
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

On Wednesdays, we are at war with the Islamic State. On Thursdays, we are at war with the Islamic State, in effect acting as a cat's-paw for the world's leading jihad brigade against the government of Bashar al-Assad, who apparently ...



The Middle East: Where American Political Idealism Goes to Die
David French  Tweet

We're less than 100 days into the Trump presidency, and already a streak has been maintained: After last night's airstrike in Syria, each of the last seven American presidents has launched his own entirely new military operation against ...



Is Rice's 'Crime' the New 'Wire Tapping'?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

While news seems to be breaking in every direction, there are two storylines in the continuing saga of allegations about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Obama-administration spying on Team Trump. The first, as Victor Davis Hanson has ...



Be Very Careful Before Beating the War Drums in Syria
David French  Tweet

War has consequences. Callous incompetence has consequences. The world is watching those consequences unfold in Syria today. No one can look at images of children dead from gas attacks and not be moved. Let's stipulate two things: First, there ...



Play with Fire, Get Nuked
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Mitch McConnell did the right thing by deploying "the nuclear option," taking away the filibuster as a tool of Democratic obstruction in the matter of Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. But we should take a moment to ...



Karma, Precedent, and the Nuclear Option
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

For euphemism, dissimulation, and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well known to both ...



Meet the New Realism, Same as the Old Realism
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

In the aftermath of the Assad regime's barbaric gassing of men, women, and children, President Trump declared from the Rose Garden, "When you kill innocent children, innocent babies -- babies, little babies -- with a chemical gas that is ...



Trump's Normality Problem
Rich Lowry  Tweet

White House official Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council, in a reversal of what had been an eyebrow-raising decision to put the president's top political adviser on the NSC. It is a step toward normality in a White House that has ...



Thinking About Pence and O'Reilly
Mona Charen  Tweet

Last week, we spent six or seven days gawping at Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, for their supposedly bizarre or retro marriage rules. Pence, as even villagers in Bora Bora doubtless know by now, does not attend one-on-one dinners ...



Trump Derangement Syndrome
Larry Elder  Tweet

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said she wanted to require companies to provide paid maternity ...



On Susan Rice, the Issue Is Abuse of Power, Not Criminality
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On Tuesday, in a National Review Online column, I contended that the reported involvement of former national-security adviser Susan Rice in the unmasking of Trump officials appears to be a major scandal - it suggests that the Obama White ...



Bannon Fodder
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

So Steve Bannon is out at the National Security Council.I'm sure there will be plenty to say around here about it. Breitbart, naturally, is hailing this as a Mission Accomplished moment for Bannon. The headline: "Steve Bannon Leaves ...