American Federalist Journal
Tuesday - August 30, 2016


Keep Swinging, Mr. President
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Set aside Barack Obama the private man, about whom even now relatively little is known. The most likeable thing about Barack Obama the public man is his dedication to golf. Conservatives hate President Obama's commitment to his tee times. Or at ...



Proverbial Sins
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a weakness for questionable, ethnically vague proverbs - "It takes a village," from an "African" proverb, and all that piffle-and she broke out a shopworn specimen in denouncing Donald ...



How to Sustain a False Police Shooting Crisis
David French  Tweet

It's hard to recall a political movement built on more verifiable lies and misinformation than Black Lives Matter, which exists to advance that notion that America is in the midst of a race-motivated epidemic of police shootings. From ...



Why Is Obama Stonewalling on Details of the $1.7 Billion in Iransom Payoffs?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

'Confidentiality"? Yes, that's the State Department's story on why the Obama administration is stonewalling the American people regarding the president's illegal and increasingly suspicious Iransom payoff. The ...



Hillary Clinton's Felonious Friends in Virginia
Mona Charen  Tweet

Terry McAuliffe is a Hillary Clinton pal. He fronted $1.3 million for her house in Chappaqua, New York. We should all have such friends. Thanks to the Republicans who shut down the government in 2013, McAuliffe is now the governor of Virginia, a ...



Karma for the Clintons at Last?
David Limbaugh  Tweet

Hold on; we may finally be getting some fireworks in this lackluster presidential campaign -- as the Clinton Foundation scandal seems to be gathering ...



The Idiocy of the #CocksNotGlocks Movement
David French  Tweet

On January 16, 2002, a former student at Appalachian Law School walked into the office of the school's dean and opened fire. His rampage ultimately took the lives of the dean, a professor, and a student. As the shots rang out, most bystanders ...



Hillary's Constellation of Scandals
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals. In his first debate, he famously dismissed the e-mail issue, it being beneath the dignity of a great revolutionary to deal in things so tawdry and straightforward. Sanders ...



The Kinder, Gentler Trump
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Behold the kinder, gentler Donald Trump. The latest of Trump's "pivots" is more far-reaching than a stab at greater message discipline. It is an effort to make him more appealing to minorities and college-educated whites by adopting a ...



Hillary and Her Wheelbarrows
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Do you know the old wheelbarrow joke? It's truly funny only to grandpas and the grandkids they tell it to, so I won't bother with the elaborate setup. For years a factory worker pushes a wheelbarrow full of straw past a security guard on ...



Trump Speaks, Media Translates
Larry Elder  Tweet

"Do you ever get tired of defending Donald Trump?" a critic ...



Never Trump Isn't 'Preening' - It's Mourning
David French  Tweet

Thanks in part to Bill Bennett, the knives have come out for Never Trump conservatives. It's personal now. Gone is the always-fantastical claim that we would hand the election to Hillary, replaced with the notion that we're simply ...



Diversity: History's Pathway to Chaos
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history. The Roman Empire worked as long as Iberians, Greeks, Jews, Gauls, and myriad other African, Asian, and European communities spoke Latin, cherished habeas ...



The Politics of Anaphylaxis
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

A couple of years ago, I got my front teeth knocked out by a combination of bad decisions and gravity.I had never so much as seen the inside of a dentist's office, so I didn't really know what to expect. The reality was amazing: I went ...



College Campus Lunacy
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us ...



Debunking the 'Born This Way' Myth
David French  Tweet

Here is the world according to the LGBT Left: Just as there are black and white, there are gay and straight. One's sexual orientation, like one's race, is fixed and immutable at birth. The process of "questioning" one's orientation isn't a process ...



Hypocrisy on Presidential Golf Is Out of Bounds
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says "scandal for thee, but not for me."Consider the perennial (alleged) scandal of presidential golf. When George W. Bush was commander-in-chief, he played a lot of ...



Shocked by Segregation
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The headline was familiar, and predictable: "U.S.'s most economically segregated schools aren't where you might expect." Maybe not where you expect if you're a Cambridge-dwelling headline writer for the Christian ...



A Clash of Police Policies
Thomas Sowell  Tweet

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee's Chief of Police Edward ...