American Federalist Journal
Thursday - May 25, 2017


The Pre-Existing Lie
Rich Lowry  Tweet

If you've only followed coverage of the Republican health-care bill loosely in the media, you might believe that House Republicans, after much effort, passed legislation to deny people with pre-existing conditions health insurance. The issue ...



How to Blow an Election - in Five Easy Steps
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Hillary Clinton recently took "full responsibility" for her 2016 loss. Only she didn't. Instead of explaining what the historian Thucydides once called the "truest causes" (aitiai), she went on to list at least three ...



The 'Right' To Health Care
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

With the American Health Care Act dominating the week's news, one conversation has been unavoidable: Someone -- someone who pays attention to public policy -- will suggest that we pursue policy x, y, or z, and someone else -- someone who pays ...



The Hillary Interview: Cold Porridge
Mona Charen  Tweet

Watching Hillary Clinton answer questions from Christiane Amanpour for 44 minutes is not exactly torture; it's more like being forced to swallow a gallon of cold porridge. Let's leave personalities aside. Clinton's is not very appealing to me (nor ...



We're All Murderers Now
David French  Tweet

They say that high blood pressure is the silent killer, and in Bob's case, they were right. Years ago, Bob lost his health insurance after Republicans repealed Obamacare, so he started skipping his annual checkup. It was too expensive to pay ...



No, the FBI Was Not a Trump Partisan
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

There is nothing more inequitable than treating two fundamentally different things as if they were the same. This should be the retort to the media-Democrat complex's latest "we wuz robbed" 2016 election narrative: The claim that ...



The Inquisitor's Heirs
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Progressives claim to love science, but what they truly love is power. To be a good progressive is to adhere simultaneously to two incompatible notions: one, that science provides the final word on any question about which scientists offer any ...



Trump's Executive Order on Religious Liberty Is Worse Than Useless
David French  Tweet

Fresh on the heels of a budget deal that fully funds Planned Parenthood, Donald Trump has signed a religious-liberty executive order that -- if reports are correct -- is constitutionally dubious, dangerously misleading, and ultimately harmful to the ...



Lincoln, Not Jackson
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump is trying to do for Andrew Jackson what Lin-Manuel Miranda did for Alexander Hamilton. Trump, like Miranda, is out to restore the reputation of a great American figure once threatened with removal from U.S. currency. Trump doesn't ...



Trump: 'Normalized' but Still Scary
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

With near unanimity, my Never Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. They thought it would be worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no ...



Health Care, from the Top
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Our ongoing troubles with health care stem from an unwillingness to deal with certain facts. One of those facts is scarcity. "Scarcity" is a term from economics, and it refers to the fact that there is never enough of anything to satisfy ...



The Dangers of Empathy
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Just over 14 years ago, my daughter almost died minutes before entering the world. My wife had to have an emergency C-section. The whole thing was harrowing. Someday I'll tell the whole story. But because of that experience, and simply because ...



Don't Fire Colbert - Fire His Crowd
David French  Tweet

With all due apologies for language and content, I'd like you to watch the two short excerpts of the "political comedy" - actually just crude mockery - of Stephen Colbert. The first shows Colbert on Monday night, and ...



Potemkin Universities
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

College campuses still appear superficially to be quiet, well-landscaped refuges from the bustle of real life. But increasingly, their spires, quads, and ivy-covered walls are facades. They are now no more about free inquiry and unfettered learning ...



Faux Outrage and Melodrama over Comey's Pre-Election Letter
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Even absent Hillary Clinton's latest bleat about how he cost her the election, FBI director James Comey's testimony on Wednesday at a routine oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee was certain to be anything but routine. And ...



Justice Is Bigger Than Narrative
David French  Tweet

The story out of Balch Springs, Texas, is horrible. Based on the available evidence (always an important caveat), it began like countless stories in suburban America. A mom left town, and her son made the mistake that kids tend to make -- he threw a ...



The Left Took the Bait on Bret Stephens
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The last weekend of April delivered one of the more enjoyable spectacles of 2017. It wasn't Donald Trump's tent-revival rally in Pennsylvania. Nor was it the cotillion of self-congratulation known as the White House Correspondents' ...



I Am Cancer
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

'My check didn't come." Eviction court is not the saddest place in the world, but if you were taking a Dantean descent through the underworld of underclass despair and dysfunction, it would be somewhere around the fourth or fifth ...



America's 'Smug-Liberal Problem'
David French  Tweet

The only people who can't recognize that our nation has a "smug liberal" problem are smug liberals. Case in point, smug liberal (and television comedienne) Samantha Bee. On Sunday, CNN's Jake Tapper asked Bee to react to a ...



On Obamacare, Republicans Vastly Over-Promised
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Republicans have put on a clinic on over-promising during the past several years. Even if you were paying only very little attention, you would have gotten the distinct impression over the past four election cycles that the GOP was unalterably ...