American Federalist Journal
Saturday - August 19, 2017


Is the Party of Lincoln Now the Party of Lee?
Mona Charen  Tweet

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America's great moral stain and unending challenge. I've tackled school choice, ...



The Breitbart Presidency
Rich Lowry  Tweet

If Van Jones was right that a moving tribute to the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL in a speech to Congress earlier this year was the moment Donald Trump became president, Trump's news conference on Tuesday was the moment he became a Breitbart ...



The Alt-Right Is Bad - And So Is 'Antifa'
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn't necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact. The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own ...



It's Time for the Police to Step Up
David French  Tweet

In video after video and in city after city, you see the same images. Wild melees break out in the streets. Men and women kick, punch, beat, and mace one another -- in broad daylight. Lawless crowds surge through towns, vandalizing property, ...



Conservatives Need to Remember, Presidents Affect Culture
David French  Tweet

Last night there was an important exchange on Fox News, one that highlighted the growing divide on the right. In one corner was Trump supporter Laura Ingraham, in the other Trump critic Charles Krauthammer. Their exchange is below: The entire ...



Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a ...



Let It Be
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

I am never quite sure whether I am really a Southerner. Texas was in the Confederacy, but West Texas is a lot more Albuquerque than it is like Birmingham. I have never felt any sympathy for the Lost Cause. If I were building monuments to figures ...



The Media Mislead America about Domestic Terror Threats
David French  Tweet

It's as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west: When there's an act of Islamic terror, some in the media will take great pains to minimize the threat. When there's an act of white-supremacist terror, many ...



Conservatism's Damaging Game of Footsie with the Alt-Right
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Last year around this time (and the year before that), I was arguing with some of my fellow conservatives about the insanity of finding any common cause whatsoever with the so-called alt-right. The issue wasn't that every avowed nationalist ...



Angry White Boys
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

What is it these white boys are so angry about? You don't go to a protest because you're happy. You go to a protest because you are mad about something or, in my case, because it is your job. I suppose I have been to something close to a ...



Fire Steve Bannon
David French  Tweet

For those who've forgotten one of the worst elements of the 2016 election, a short refresher is in order. Almost from the moment that Donald Trump descended on the lobby of Trump Tower to make his campaign announcement, an army of online ...



Let Virginia Prosecute the Charlottesville Terrorism
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

One of the odder sidelines of this weekend's murderous vehicular attack in Charlottesville, which killed a young woman and injured at least 19 others, has been pointed media questioning of Trump-administration officials about terrorism. ...



Mothball the Confederate Monuments
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Robert E. Lee wasn't a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white-supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. That doesn't change the fact that his statue is now associated ...



Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The Trump victory and the Republican establishment's mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not - and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore. ...



What Persecution We Raise
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The argument for free trade was won by Richard Cobden and the Anti-Corn Law League in the 1840s. But winning the argument is something different from winning the fight, and the campaign for free trade continues, against the headwinds of bigotry and ...



Can Taylor Swift Lead America Out of the Campus Title IX Wars?
David French  Tweet

The trial of the summer is taking place in a Colorado federal court. Taylor Swift is facing off against a Denver radio personality named David Mueller. At issue is a brief encounter in June 2013. Mueller and his girlfriend took a picture with Swift ...



McMaster and the Challenge of Sharia Supremacism
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a great American patriot. I have not had the privilege of meeting him. Friends I trust who know him well, however, bear witness to his unsurpassed valor in the defense of our nation, to which attest silver and ...



Mueller Is Squeezing Manafort
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The Washington Examiner catches some Trump Twitter intrigue: The president's July 26 tweet grousing that acting FBI director Andrew McCabe should have been fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions came only hours after the FBI's raid on ...



Transgenderism Doesn't Excuse Treason
David French  Tweet

If Bradley Manning had stayed Bradley Manning, would he still be in prison? If Bradley Manning had stayed Bradley Manning, would he be basking in celebrity, enjoying fawning photo shoots? Given the magnitude of his crimes, I dare say that he'd ...



Another Manufactured Diversity Spat
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn't so much that the Times had hired me, but that it ...