American Federalist Journal
Friday - September 30, 2016


Trump Threatens Clinton Over Lewinsky -- Really?
Mona Charen  Tweet

Donald Trump, always the hero of his own tales, closed out the first presidential debate with a tribute to his own courtesy and high-mindedness: "I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family," he said. "And I said to ...



Helplessness and Rage Can't Become the New American Consensus
David French  Tweet

In one of the paradoxes of modern life, America is deeply polarized in part because it is increasingly united around a common idea: that life is getting worse, and it is someone else's fault. The unity is in the notion that life is getting ...



In 2016, Facts, Logic, and History Have Ceased to Matter
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

And now, less than six weeks from the election, what is the main event of the day? A fight between the GOP presidential nominee and a former Miss Universe, whom he had 20 years ago called "Miss Piggy" and other choice pejoratives. Just a ...



From Congress to Obama, a Diss Best Served Cold
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'Congress' overwhelming rebuke of President Barack Obama on a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia -- and the bitter finger-pointing that followed -- was a fitting coda to the dysfunctional relationship between the ...



The Media Freak-Out
Rich Lowry  Tweet

We are in the midst of an epic media freak-out. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in the general election. The mood of the center-left is, "America, how dare you?" The outraged incomprehension is ...



Hillary's Talk of 'Implicit Bias' Should Scare Every American
David French  Tweet

You're guilty and you don't know it. Sure, you think you're a decent person who treats people fairly, judging them on the content of their character and not the color of the skin. But let's face it: You're deluded. ...



The Next President Unbound
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Donald Trump's supporters see a potential Hillary Clinton victory in November as the end of any conservative chance to restore small government, constitutional protections, fiscal sanity, and personal liberty. Clinton's progressives swear ...



Looking into Palantir
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The arresting headline -- "U.S. Department of Labor sues Palantir for racial discrimination" -- could have gone with two very different stories. The first possible story, the obvious and boring one, turns out, alas, to be the operative ...



Hillary, Interrupted
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

Whatever happened to "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar"? Whither "Girl Power"? When did Rosie the Riveter's "We Can Do It!" give way to Hillary the Haranguer's "We Can't Handle ...



Transgenderism Can Be Helpful
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

North Carolina's legislative body passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates a statewide policy banning individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, as opposed to their opinion of ...



Last Night, Donald Trump Showed Why He's Dangerous
David French  Tweet

Last night, it became crystal clear. The GOP nominated a dangerous, unfit man to be president of the United States. When it came to foreign affairs, where the president's power is at its peak, Trump is showing himself to be ignorant, ...



Narrative-Building Has Become a Political Obsession
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The most exhausting thing about our politics these days -- other than the never-ending presidential election itself -- is the obsession with "shaping the narrative." By that I mean the effort to connect the dots between a selective ...



Where Does the Money Go?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Fresno, Calif. -- The water war in California touches everything: fish and farmers, the Endangered Species Act, political fights between the parties and within both the Democratic party and the state's rump of a Republican party. But there is ...



'Favors' to Blacks
Thomas Sowell  Tweet

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor -- off the record -- what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To ...



Riot First, Ask Questions Later
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The Charlotte rioters didn't know whether the controversial police shooting of Keith Scott was justified or not, and didn't care. They worked their mayhem - trashing businesses and injuring cops, with one protester killed in the ...



Cretin Hop
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

I have invented a new drinking game for the upcoming Clinton-Trump presidential debate. It works like this: You stand in the stairwell of a very tall building. Every time somebody says something stupid or dishonest, you walk up a flight of ...



In 2016, What Would Bill Buckley Do?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Last night, the editors and friends of this magazine gathered in San Francisco for the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize dinner, this year honoring former secretary of state George Schultz for -- as the understated invitation put it -- "his ...



Our Dangerous Drift from Reason
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In a time when "narrative" has supplanted factual reporting, Fox's Bret Baier's evening news program is usually an oasis in the desert. So I winced when he asserted, amid Thursday's report on the deadly Charlotte ...