American Federalist Journal
Sunday - December 21, 2014


Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
President George Washington, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" ...



Mrs. Obama's Tall Tales of Racialized Victimhood
Michelle Malkin  Google Blog Search Tweet

Oh, woe is she. In an "exclusive" interview with People magazine this week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the "sting" of "racist experiences" that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. My message for America's Marie Antoinette? Cry me a ...



Cold War Replay: This Time We Lose
Mona Charen  Google Blog Search Tweet

Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions. Obama, with his ...



'Racial' Cop Stories That Didn't Make the Cut
Larry Elder  Google Blog Search Tweet

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops -- and 1,130 blacks were killed by ...



Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy
Michelle Malkin  Google Blog Search Tweet

Allow me to unite America's left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, ...



Should Profiling Be Banned?
Walter E. Williams  Google Blog Search Tweet

Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of ...



Tortured Reasoning
Thomas Sowell  Google Blog Search Tweet

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue -- and surely terrorism qualifies as serious -- has to ...



Christophobes March On
David Limbaugh  Google Blog Search Tweet

America's Christophobes have been plenty busy lately. Maybe the Christmas season makes them especially ...



Ph.D.'s and other False Gods
Dennis Prager  Google Blog Search Tweet

I have been devoting my columns this month to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. And nothing is as effective as the Ten ...



Crippling Children By Selling Them Racism
Larry Elder  Google Blog Search Tweet

The recent "rash" of police officers killing blacks is prompting "civil rights activists" to describe America -- despite the election and re-election of a black president -- as still a simmering caldron of racism. Never mind that according to the ...



Eric Garner, Criminalized to Death
George Will  Google Blog Search Tweet

By historyÂ’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With a New York grand juryÂ’s as yet inexplicable ...



Ferguson: Inconvenient Facts About the Encounter
Larry Elder  Google Blog Search Tweet

Is it relevant that St. Louis, near Ferguson, recently had the third-highest per capita murder rate of any large city (with 250,000 or more residents) in America, ranking behind New Orleans and Detroit? And, according to an analysis of 2011 FBI ...



An Unlawful Scheme to Raise Legislators' Pay
Jeff Jacoby  Google Blog Search Tweet

'THE LOUDER he talked of his honor," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1860, "the faster we counted our spoons." As a resident of Massachusetts, Emerson knew better than to take at face value anything public officials say about their own rectitude. That ...



Can Racial Discrimination Explain Much?
Walter E. Williams  Google Blog Search Tweet

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the ...



You Can Kill, But Not Murder: The Case for the Ten Commandments
Dennis Prager  Google Blog Search Tweet

Ask almost anyone to recite the commandment in the Ten Commandments that prohibits taking a life and you will be told, "Thou Shall Not ...



Opinions Versus Facts
Thomas Sowell  Google Blog Search Tweet

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to your own ...



Administration Exploits Ferguson to Undermine Race Relations and Rule of Law
David Limbaugh  Google Blog Search Tweet

I wish there were a way to address the Ferguson controversy without generating further controversy. But that's not an easy ...



What the NYT Won't Tell You About Ferguson
Heather Mac Donald  Google Blog Search Tweet

The New York Times has now pronounced on the "meaning of the Ferguson riots." A more perfect example of what the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan called "defining deviancy down" would be hard to find. The Times' editorial ...



Will Body Cameras Solve the Ferguson Problem?
Mona Charen  Google Blog Search Tweet

In the immediate aftermath of Michael Brown's shooting, before we learned that he had not been shot in the back, that he had not had his hands up, that he had, in fact, attempted to grab Officer Wilson's gun, I wrote in favor of requiring more ...



As Two-Parent families Decline, Income Inequality Grows
Jeff Jacoby  Google Blog Search Tweet

In recent decades, the fraction of Bay State children in single-parent homes has risen to more than one in ...



Conservative Reforms To Prevent Future Fergusons
Star Parker  Google Blog Search Tweet

Pain is part of life as is, hopefully, joy. As we read in the book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time to cry and a time to laugh. But real tragedy is disaster we bring on ourselves. Disaster that comes from refusal to learn from ...