American Federalist Journal
Wednesday - October 18, 2017


Is the Las Vegas Mass-Murderer a Terrorist?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In Las Vegas, more than 50 people are dead, and perhaps hundreds of others have been injured, in the deadliest mass-shooting attack in American history. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old Nevadan believed to be the lone gunman, fired upon attendees of ...



The Passionate Non-Sequiturs of the Gun Debate
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The mind boggles at the horror of Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock perched himself in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and sprayed bullets into a crowd of outdoor concertgoers in the worst mass shooting in American history. If this slaughter of ...



At Home in Vegas
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Las Vegas was, for a time, home. I spent a happy year there living outside the city on a ridge overlooking the Strip, from Mandalay Bay down the road to all the other brightly lit curiosities. It was and is a great place to live, and the events of ...



Are Wars Caused by Accidents?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

As tensions mount with North Korea, fears arise that President Trump's tit-for-tat bellicose rhetoric with North Korea's Kim Jong Un might lead to miscalculations - and thus an accidental war that could have been prevented. Is there ...



A Conservative Tax Hike
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

President Donald Trump's tax-reform plan is in total a very expansive steaming pile of irresponsibility - and the president's argument that it will lead to sustained 6 percent economic growth is pure fantasy - but it does ...



A Conservative Tax Hike
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

President Donald Trump's tax-reform plan is in total a very expansive steaming pile of irresponsibility - and the president's argument that it will lead to sustained 6 percent economic growth is pure fantasy - but it does ...



An Open Letter to Conservatives about the NCAA
David French  Tweet

If you're a fan of a big-time college-sports program, you should be very afraid. The FBI is on the prowl. This week, the Department of Justice announced it had indicted ten people -- including four assistant basketball coaches -- as part of a ...



Blame the NFL, Not Trump
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

I do not believe Trump made matters worse. Regarding the exhibition of contempt by NFL players during the playing of the national anthem, this puts me, quite unusually, at odds with a number of my friends and colleagues at National Review (Jonah ...



Football and Racial Fault Lines
Mona Charen  Tweet

According to an account my son came across a while ago: "Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, 'This day is ours. We own it.' Not only did ...



The GOP Identity Crisis
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The Republican party can't pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist ...



The Blade Runner Curse and the Overestimation of Corporate Might
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the Blade Runner curse. If you're familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic starring Harrison Ford, constantly reissued in some new "director's cut" or "special ...



Roy Moore's Passionate Incoherence
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Roy Moore will likely be the next senator from Alabama. I for one can contain my excitement. Oh, I'm sure he'll be a reliable conservative vote on many conservative issues. But Luther Strange was that too. And I have to assume ...



This Culture War Isn't about the Flag; It's about Conscience
David French  Tweet

Let me begin with a simple declaration. I believe that the United States is a better country when not only the government protects the right of free speech but also the culture values that right. I believe that free speech is the essential liberty ...



How Silicon Valley Turned Off the Left and Right
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

When Left and Right finally agree on something, watch out: The unthinkable becomes normal. So it is with changing attitudes toward Silicon Valley. For the last two decades, Apple, Google, Amazon, and other West Coast tech corporations have been ...



McHealthcare Deluxe
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It's hard to admit you were wrong. Democrats are going to need some help with that. What's too often lost in the Sturm und Drang of recent Republican efforts to reform the insurance reforms enacted by Democrats in 2009 is this: The ...



As Predicted, Supreme Court Kicks Can on Trump's So-called Travel Ban
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In late June, when the Supreme Court kicked the proverbial can down the road on President Trump's so-called travel ban, we surmised that the justices intended to avoid ruling on the matter altogether. With some tinkering, the High Court ...



What Are the Chances the War of Words with North Korea Escalates?
David French  Tweet

In the last two weeks, Donald Trump has been waging a war of words on two fronts -- a domestic battle against NFL and NBA athletes and a foreign fight against "Little Rocket Man," North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. One war is dominating ...



Does America Still Believe in the Right to Be Wrong?
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the ...



I Understand Why They Knelt
David French  Tweet

Americans do not and should not worship idols. We do not and should not worship the flag. As a nation we stand in respect for the national anthem and stand in respect for the flag not simply because we were born here or because it's our flag. ...



No Way to Treat Old Glory
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Old Glory is almost certainly the most honored flag in the world. The late political scientist Samuel Huntington marveled at its place in our national life: We pledge allegiance to it. The national anthem celebrates it. An incredibly elaborate code ...