American Federalist Journal
Thursday - June 22, 2017


The Unwritten Law That Helps Bad Cops Go Free
David French  Tweet

Yesterday afternoon, Minnesota officials finally released the full video of the traffic stop that cost Philando Castile his life. It's a tough video to watch. I'm embedding it below, but beware, it is very raw: If you watch carefully, ...



About That Russian 'Interference'
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

So Sean Spicer says he's not sure whether President Trump believes there was concerted Russian "interference" in the 2016 presidential election. I'm not sure whether I believe there was, either. If by ...



Trump and His Generals
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Donald Trump earned respect from the Washington establishment for appointing three of the nation's most accomplished generals to direct his national-security policy: James Mattis (secretary of defense), H. R. McMaster (national-security ...



The Sickening Attack on Otto Warmbier Is Symbolic of the Left's Hate Problem
David French  Tweet

Yesterday, as news of Otto Warmbier's sad and tragic death spread across the Web, a number of people on Twitter recalled and reposted a series of leftist hot takes on Warmbier's initial arrest and imprisonment. Let's just say that ...



Free Speech Isn't Always a Tool of Virtue
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

There's a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the ...



In Praise of Gerrymandering
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

For a century, the gerrymander was an ordinary part of U.S. politics. And, then, the unthinkable happened: Republicans got really, really good at it. The gerrymander, named for Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry (he also served as James ...



America's War against ISIS Is Evolving into an Invasion of Syria
David French  Tweet

There was always going to be a reckoning. When President Obama began the American war against ISIS in 2014 - a belated and necessary step to stop ISIS's blitzkrieg across Iraq - there was a lingering question: Then what? If and ...



Yes, Hate Speech Is Free Speech
Rich Lowry  Tweet

With the Left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the ...



The Architecture of Regime Change
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The problem with the election of President Donald J. Trump was not just that he presented a roadblock to an ongoing progressive revolution. Instead, unlike recent Republican presidential nominees, he was indifferent to the cultural and political ...



Planned Parenthood's Century of Brutality
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Infanticide did not go out of fashion with the advance from savagery to barbarism and civilization. Rather, it became, as in Greece and Rome, a recognized custom with advocates among leaders of thought and action. - Margaret Sanger, Woman and ...



Team Trump Cannot Fear the I-Word
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Impeachment. See, it's not that hard. All together now: Impeachment#...#impeachment#...#impeachment. Don't be fraidy-scared. It's okay to say the "I-word." Really. Apparently, Team Trump doesn't think so. It was ...



For New York City's Municipal Workers, a Supplementary Welfare State
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

New York City's municipal work force is, under the mayorship of Bill de Blasio, now larger than it ever has been, at nearly 294,000 workers. This is not a matter of staffing up a few agencies that had been cut back during the recession; as the ...



Thinking About Incitement
Mona Charen  Tweet

"He was hunting us." Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field. The ...



Yes, Trump May Face Credible Obstruction-of-Justice Claims
David French  Tweet

Before we dive in to the tangled and only partially revealed web of facts and allegations surrounding Robert Mueller's investigation of Donald Trump, allow me to make two things clear. First, at present, I do not believe that sufficient ...



The Justice Department Is Killing Trump
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

President Donald Trump's missteps have intensified the scandal that is consuming his administration. One is tempted to put scandal in scare quotes. Trump is somehow enmeshed in a scandal based on actions that a president is fully entitled to ...



Honor Thy Father
Mona Charen  Tweet

We make a big fuss about mothers in our culture. Think of how often politicians offer sympathy to "heroic" single moms who are doing such an amazing job. Many do, and of course, their lives are extremely hard and they deserve sympathy. As a mother ...



Can You Obstruct a Fraud?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On March 30, 2017, by his own account, then-FBI director James Comey told President Donald Trump that Trump himself was not under investigation -- the third time he had given him that assurance. In fact, Comey told Trump that he had just assured ...



Big Government and the Epidemic of Violence
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

What's the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America? Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain, and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn't have prevented it, I think it has to be the media ...



He's A Republican Now
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent, and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular, and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his ...



From Americans to Americans
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

After the attempted assassination of House Republican whip Steve Scalise by a Democratic activist and Bernie Sanders supporter, a peculiar turn of phrase began to be repeated: "The cold civil war is heating up." There are those who dream ...