American Federalist Journal
Saturday - August 19, 2017


The Rising Tide of Vulgarity
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

A friend of mine who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year -- I skipped it -- reported to me that the young Republican men were "wearing their ties down past their [crotches]." I cleaned up the quote a ...



To Defend Public Schools, the Hard Left Puts On the Tinfoil Hat
David French  Tweet

This morning, a New York Times op-ed contributor went full Rousas Rushdoony. Never go full Rushdoony. One of the more amusing aspects of life as a conservative Christian is reading liberals writing about conservative Christians -- especially writing ...



The Revolution Devours Venezuela
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can't be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism. People are now literally starving - about three-quarters of the population lost weight last year - in ...



Trump - And the Use and Abuse of Madness
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Occasionally insanity, real or feigned, has its political advantages -largely because of its ancillary traits of unpredictability and an aura of immunity from appeals to reason, sobriety, and moderation. Rogues often try to appear as crazy as ...



It's Time to Deal with the Police Threat to the Second Amendment
David French  Tweet

It's happened again. Police officers in Southaven, Miss., were trying to serve an arrest warrant for aggravated assault on a man named Samuel Pearman, but instead they showed up at a trailer owned by an auto mechanic named Ismael Lopez. It was ...



Death of a F***ing Salesman
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

A few years ago in New York, Al Pacino starred in a revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, and the casting was poignant: In 1992, a much younger and more vigorous Pacino had played the role of hotshot salesman Ricky Roma in the film ...



Politicize Sports, Pay the Price
David French  Tweet

When players get political, it turns out that fans can get political right back. After months of speculation and piles of anecdotal evidence, market-research company J. D. Power has weighed in with real data. After surveying 9,200 fans, researchers ...



Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In Washington, it's never about what they tell you it's about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz's mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud. Yet bank fraud was the stated charge ...



Demoralized
Mona Charen  Tweet

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, perhaps attempting to curry favor with this week's court favorite, Anthony Scaramucci (who -- stay with me here -- had just accused the president's chief of staff of a felony), popped up on "Fox and Friends" ...



The Consequences of the Sessions Affair
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is. Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was ...



Trump Family Values
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Jeff Sessions thought he was on the Trump team, but he was sadly mistaken. For President Donald Trump, the world breaks down into three categories - there's family, who are part of the charmed Trump circle by blood or marriage; there are ...



Don't Be Shocked (Shocked!) by Alaska Threats
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

It's a bit of a cliché to quote Casablanca when it comes to Washington's gift for manufactured outrage, but the classics are classics for a reason. When Captain Louis Renault orders Rick's saloon shut down, Rick (played by ...



Rediscovering Austrianism
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Mark Levin is kind of sneaky. He has been many things in life, but he is mainly known to the world as a talk-radio guy. He writes books that look like talk-radio-guy books - Levin on the cover in a blue jacket, glowering manfully in front of ...



Sessions, Trump, and the 'Counterintelligence' Confusion
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

We all knew what Watergate was. We knew what Iran-Contra was. And the Lewinsky scandal. And the purported outing of Valerie Plame. Up until now, each time a special prosecutor has been sicced on a presidential administration, we've known what ...



Why Must Trump Do the Right Things the Wrong Way?
David French  Tweet

As time goes by, it's increasingly clear that there's something limiting and false about the "just call balls and strikes" approach to analyzing the Trump presidency. Yes, you can praise Trump when he does right and critique ...



Hang on, Sessions
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

I wish Jeff Sessions held more libertarian views on things like the so-called War on Drugs and asset forfeiture. But if Americans wanted a more libertarian attorney general, then they should have elected Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. They elected Donald ...



Trump's Circular Firing Squad
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The American political system has never quite seen anything like the current opposition to President Trump and his unusual reaction to it. We are no longer in the customary political landscape. Usually, the out-of-power opposition -- in this case, ...



Don't Resign, Jeff Sessions
David French  Tweet

At this moment the attorney general of the United States is at the eye of a presidential storm. Donald Trump is very angry that Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation. He's very angry that firing James Comey didn't ...



There's No Shakeup That Can Fix the Trump White House
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Let's review a few recent developments. Last week, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned. This was part of a "White House shakeup" to get the Trump administration back on track. The new communications director, ...



A National State of Non-Emergency
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Blame Joe Biden. Once upon a time, many years ago, Joe Biden labored under the charming delusion that he might someday be elected president of these United States. His ambitions came to nothing - a little less than that, in fact - but in ...