American Federalist Journal
Tuesday - March 28, 2017


Purists Kill Whatever They Believe In
Dennis Prager  Tweet

According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives, and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican repeal and replace Obamacare ...



An Army of Straw Men Keeps Campus Intolerance Alive
David French  Tweet

If there is one constant in the battles over free speech on campus, it's this: Apologists for intolerance can rarely justify censorship without making stuff up. Confronted with the difficulty of justifying the actual facts of actual ...



On Obamacare, a Party-Wide Failure
Rich Lowry  Tweet

There's stumbling out of the gate, and then there's what Republicans just did on health care. They came up with a substantively indefensible bill, put it on an absurd fast-track to passage, didn't seriously try to sell it to the public, fumbled their ...



Like Ike
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Dwight Eisenhower on March 28, 1969. He was born in the 19th century and was one of the indispensable figures of the 20th. There were more consequential men in his generation, "consequential" ...



The Russian Farce
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The American Left used to lecture the nation about its supposedly paranoid suspicions of Russia. The World War II alliance with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union had led many leftists to envision a continuing post-war friendship with Russia. During ...



Deliver Us From Scripture-citers
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

The Bible is a sacred text, not a Cliffs Notes for federal ...



FISAgate: The Question Is Not Whether Trump Associates Were Monitored
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In light of how controversial the matter has become, it's unfortunate to find so much uniformed commentary, especially in cable-TV land, about foreign intelligence collection and its so-called minimization protocols -- particularly, the ...



On the Outside, Looking Out
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

This is the great paradox of our time: In 2017, it has never been easier for us to satisfy our wants, but we seldom have been more dissatisfied. In the United States, in Europe, in Latin America, and even (more quietly) in parts of Asia and in ...



Health-Care Reform Won't Fix What Really Hurts American Health
David French  Tweet

In 2016, two truths were revealed at once. First, the percentage of uninsured Americans hit a record low -- a mere 8.6 percent. In 2010, almost 50 million Americans lacked health insurance. By the beginning of 2016 that number had plunged to 27.3 ...



Islam and the Jihad in London
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

It was a careful choice of words, Bernard Lewis being nothing if not careful. In 2004, the West audibly gasped when its preeminent scholar of Islam famously told the German newspaper Die Welt,"Europe will be Islamic by the end of the ...



Princeton Seminary Disses Pastor Timothy Keller
David Limbaugh  Tweet

Can we all agree that modern leftists tend to politicize everything they can get their hands on -- in every venue? Even the sacred isn't ...



American Political Integrity Is in a State of Collapse
David French  Tweet

There is humor in almost everything, even the fast-motion collapse of honesty and integrity in American political discourse. On Tuesday the Washington Post (no, not the Onion) actually published a piece by former Obama national security-adviser ...



American Democracy: Not So Decadent after All
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly ...



The Health Care Albatross
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Republicans should get used to it. Their agony on health care is just beginning. For the past seven years, the party benefited from its powerlessness, which usefully maximized its ability to criticize Obamacare and minimized its responsibility to do ...



The Budget-Proposal Unveiling Is a Game Disconnected from Reality
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Every society has its rituals. Indeed, while the details vary from place to place and time to time, ritual itself is a human universal, according to anthropologist Donald Brown.I'm a big believer in the importance of rituals. They provide an ...



We're Against Emotionalism, Except When We're Not
Mona Charen  Tweet

Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch's calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the ...



What to Do About Obamacare and the Uninsurable? Free Markets and Charity!
Larry Elder  Tweet

When it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare, defenders of President Barack Obama's signature domestic law constantly ask, "What about those with pre-existing ...



The Left Distorts Originalism to Attack Judge Gorsuch
David French  Tweet

Why can't United States senators, law-school deans, and journalists bother to understand or fairly characterize the legal doctrines they so vigorously oppose? This morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein - fresh from lecturing Neil Gorsuch on ...



Law Takes a Holiday
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

In the 1934 romantic movie Death Takes a Holiday, Death assumes human form for three days, and the world turns chaotic. The same thing happens when the law goes on a vacation. Rules are unenforced or politicized. Citizens quickly lose faith in the ...



Defund the National Endowment for the Arts - for Art's Sake
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Of course we should kill the National Endowment for the Arts - not because we don't care about art, but because we do. The ladies and gentlemen of the NEA are the Medicis of mediocrity, and the sooner we are done with them the better. The ...