American Federalist Journal
Saturday - February 13, 2016


"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
- George Washington



"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master."
- George Washington



"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."
- Abraham Lincoln



"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction, It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people."
- Ronald Reagan



Stop Using Israel's Example to Justify the Barbaric Practice of Drafting Women into Combat
David French  Tweet

Like clockwork, whenever anyone at National Review -- including the editors -- writes in opposition to opening all combat jobs to women or (even worse) drafting women into ground combat, there is predictable hue and cry from the Left. "But ...



The Democrats' Likely Nominee Appears to Be a Felon - This Is Not Business as Usual
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Competing Democrats debate each other one night. Republican rivals take their shots at each other a couple of nights later. An air of frenetic normalcy sets over primary season: The country is $20 trillion in the red and under heightened terrorist ...



Progressives Can't Seem to Stick to Any Principle . . . Except More Government
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Dear Reader (especially those of you who expected so much more from this dear-reader gag), Watching last night's Democratic presidential debate, I came to several conclusions. They are in no particular order:1. I don't get paid nearly ...



David Brooks and Obama's Ongoing Pant Crease
David Limbaugh  Tweet

If you read The New York Times "conservative" columnist David Brooks, you might better grasp the chasm between true and phony conservatives, between Reagan conservatives and establishment ...



Sanders and Trump: Magic Sells
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliché that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the Left and the Right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the ...



Spammers at the Gates
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Welcome to Infomercial America, or, if you prefer, the United States of Spam. Whenever political conspiracy theories break out into the open, pundits and intellectuals name-check the brilliant but flawed essay "The Paranoid Style in American ...



Trump Runs Free
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump's crushing across-the-board victory in New Hampshire had the breadth and depth that one would expect of a future nominee. If the result doesn't shake the lazy complacency about Trump that has held in Republican circles for ...



Day of the Demagogues
Mona Charen  Tweet

As the results of New Hampshire's primary were coming in Tuesday night, some commentators on Twitter were jubilant about the "disruption": that is, the victories of an inane socialist demagogue and a foul-mouthed nationalist demagogue and what they ...



New Jersey Man Slays Child
Ann Coulter  Tweet

There were a lot of long faces at Fox News Tuesday night, but there's a silver lining for Marco Rubio. Now he can go be a bartender like his dad! (Have you heard him tell the story about his father being a bartender? Rubio was his pop's best ...



In Search of Fixes for a Fossilized Economy
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The U.S. economy grew at an anemic rate of less than 1 percent in the last quarter of 2015. While the unemployment rate has dipped below 5 percent, the all-important labor-force participation rate is at a historic low of just 62.7 percent. More than ...



These Are Not the Good Guys
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Facts matter: Michael Brown was not an innocent gunned down in cold blood by police in Ferguson, Mo., and it is far from obvious that African Americans are killed by police at meaningfully higher rates than whites, and may in fact be killed at lower ...



Sloppy Language and Thinking
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate." ...



Republicans Can Get More Black Votes
Star Parker  Tweet

The 2012 presidential election delivered a wake-up call to the Republican Party to improve communication with ...



TSA: Total Security Abyss
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror ...



Hillary's Use of the Gender Card Isn't Working
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Hillary Clinton is not a woman, and that's a triumph for feminism and a problem for Hillary. Let me clarify. Yes, technically she is female. But when millions of Americans think of Hillary Clinton, they don't think of her gender; they ...



Fear Not, My Secular Friends
David Limbaugh  Tweet

It amuses me that certain people are convinced that Christians are angry scolds but totally miss the humorlessness and angst of certain Christophobic ...



Toxic Words
Thomas Sowell  Tweet

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win ...



You Don't Know What Obama Said at the Mosque
Dennis Prager  Tweet

If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media's summary of them. When you do, you realize how often what Obama says ...



The Left's Meltdown Over Super Bowl Ads Shows Exactly How Radical It's Become
David French  Tweet

Is there any aspect of family life, of humor, or of history that the Left doesn't want to subvert, upend, or undo? Watching the Super Bowl yesterday, I was reminded once again that the Left lives in its own, upside-down world, where right is ...