American Federalist Journal
Friday - June 23, 2017


I Alone Can Fix
Mona Charen  Tweet

It began as a rumble and has swelled to a chorus. Anonymous White House aides, outside well-wishers and Republican apparatchiks are all begging President Donald Trump to stop tweeting. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which has performed ...



The President Can't Govern by Id
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability ...



Comey Hits and Misses
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Never before has, or presumably again will, a former FBI director say such harsh things about a sitting president of the United States. In his much-anticipated congressional testimony, James Comey called President Donald Trump a liar who fired him ...



Comey Testimony Confirms Trump Is Still His Own Worst Enemy
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

For those who hoped that former FBI director James Comey was going to provide some bombshell evidence - or any evidence at all - that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 election, Thursday's Senate testimony ...



Mr. Nunes Went to Washington
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the now-controversial chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a bit different from what Washington expects in its politicians. He grew up in the agricultural cornucopia of the Central Valley of ...



We're Not in a Civil War, but We Are Drifting Toward Divorce
David French  Tweet

Last week there were two telling incidents - one small, the other more consequential - that spoke volumes about the state of our national life. Let's start small. Over in Seattle, in the midst of a debate over juvenile justice, a ...



Again, Pressure Is Not Obstruction
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

I find it difficult to understand how legal experts can read former FBI director James Comey's submitted testimony and conclude that it makes out a case of felony obstruction of an FBI investigation. That contention was ill-conceived before we ...



The False Moral Superiority of Progressive Evangelicals in the Trump Era
David French  Tweet

There's an emerging narrative in progressive and mainstream-media circles that white Evangelicals - and only white Evangelicals - have uniquely betrayed their faith and their fellow believers by voting en masse for Donald Trump. ...



London Attacks Followed by Same Old Stale Arguments
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The saddest part about the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. -- aside from the actual horror for the victims and their families, of course -- was that there was so little new to say about it. But that didn't stop anyone. Everyone backed ...



Yes to Privatizing Air-Traffic Control
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

If you think about the businesses you really hate, you'll notice that many of them have something in common: They are in industries with a big federal footprint -- banks, cable companies, health-insurance providers, and, bane of my personal ...



Travel Ban Case Pits Thoughtless Trump against Reckless Radicals
David French  Tweet

This morning, not two days removed from yet another deadly terrorist attack in Britain, our commander-in-chief went on a Twitter tirade: People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it ...



No, the Problem in London Is Not 'Islamist Extremism'
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The Western schizophrenia about radical Islam is on full display in Britain, in the aftermath of the latest jihadist atrocity, the third in just the past three months. Three terrorists rammed a van into a crowd on London Bridge and then went on a ...



Can't Wonder Woman Just Be Wonder Woman?
Rich Lowry  Tweet

In the new Wonder Woman movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind - and she doesn't even read the Internet. The fevered commentary about the new hit film raises the question, "Can't an Amazonian superhero wield ...



It's the Hypocrisy, Stupid
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Some concerned Democrats are worried that their party may have lost the key blue-wall states because of its elitism, manifested as disdain for Americans between the coasts. Perhaps emblematic of their worry is the strange metamorphosis of Hillary ...



Our Joint Venture
Rich Lowry  Tweet

To make a better NRO, we need your help. We are in the midst of a re-redesign that everyone here realizes we desperately need and is excited about. One reason we have undertaken this project is that we have heard you. We have taken to heart your ...



United Fiscal Front
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Members of Congress hate budget drama. But there is budget drama coming. Representatives and senators of both parties generally dislike voting on budget resolutions, because doing so is an all-pain, no-gain exercise. That is one of the reasons why, ...



Despite Leaving the Paris Agreement, America Still Leads
David French  Tweet

Let's make one thing clear from the outset: There is no such thing as a "moral superpower." By that I don't mean that a superpower can't behave in moral ways, but rather that morality alone can't make a nation ...



Will Paris Revive the Constitution's 'America First' Approach to Treaties?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

When did the definition of "leadership" in America become "the courage and foresight to ignore the United States Constitution"? The fact that the sun rose again this morning was less predictable than the media-Democrat ...



The Kids Are Not All Right
Mona Charen  Tweet

More than 36 percent of teenaged girls in America are depressed or have suffered a recent major depressive episode, according to a study published in Translational Psychiatry. For boys, the rate is 13.6 percent. What are we doing to the kids? It ...



Trump Defends the Constitution and the Economy by Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement
David French  Tweet

Consider it a campaign promise rightly kept. Trump this afternoon announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate-change accords, and if he holds to his decision, he'll do the American people a great service. ...