American Federalist Journal
Sunday - July 23, 2017


America Is Changing - One Carry Permit at a Time
David French  Tweet

The great arming is underway, and that's a very good thing for our nation, for our culture, and for the relationship between citizen and state. On Thursday, John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center published a comprehensive survey of ...



Trump Has Himself, Not Sessions, to Blame for the Limitless Mueller Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

President Donald Trump's rant against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with the New York Times, is a foolish bit of revisionist history. Sessions erred in the rashness and overbreadth of his recusal from the Russia ...



Why Would You Want Putin as a Friend?
Mona Charen  Tweet

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The ...



America's Asset-Forfeiture Scam Is Law Enforcement's Disgrace
David French  Tweet

One day, the federal government just might sue my truck. I've got a Toyota Tundra. It's big, it carries lots of stuff, and it's extremely useful for moving furniture, hauling trash, and driving off-road. Consequently -- and this is ...



Charlie Gard's Parents, Not the State, Must Decide His Fate
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful eleven-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells' energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby ...



On Health Care, Bipartisan Dishonesty Is the Problem
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The story of health-care policy this week, this month, and for the last decade (at least) has been a tale of partisan folly. But fear not, this isn't another earnest pundit's lament for the vital center to emerge, phoenix-like, to form a ...



The Looming Republican Disgrace
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn't: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party. That Obamacare repeal has one or maybe two feet in the ...



The Curious Case of Natalia Veselnitskaya
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

She is relentlessly described as a "Russian lawyer" in media reporting. It should not escape our notice, then, that Natalia Veselnitskaya is not an American lawyer. She is not admitted to practice law in the United States. So why was she ...



Media, Tell the Truth: The Women's March and Black Lives Matter Embrace Terrorists
David French  Tweet

Let's begin with a thought experiment. Imagine if one of America's largest and most-respected pro-life organizations tweeted birthday greetings to Robert Dear, the terrorist who attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. Imagine the ...



Putin's Playthings
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Veselnitskaya denies that ...



Trump's Education Department Takes on the Campus-Rape Lie
David French  Tweet

Last week, while the most in the media fixed their eyes on Donald Trump Jr., far-left activists geared up for a different kind of assault on the Trump administration: a full-court press to maintain a series of unlawful Obama-era policies that have ...



The Party of Bad Faith?
Rich Lowry  Tweet

If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. The bill has plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one ...



Apartment Fires and Health Insurance
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Three people have died in a condominium fire in Honolulu. It was their fault. The fire almost certainly would have been contained with no loss of life and minimal damage to property if the building had had a modern sprinkler system installed. It ...



The Fifth American War
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The wars between Trump, the media, the deep state, and the progressive party -- replete with charges and counter-charges of scandal, collusion, and corruption -- are merely symptoms of a much larger fundamental and growing divide between Americans ...



A Game for Our Time
David French  Tweet

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the July 31, 2017, issue of National Review magazine. In 2011, HBO gambled. It launched a massive, sprawling fantasy franchise around a story -- George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire book ...



Have Afghan Refugees in Europe Launched a 'Rape Jihad'?
David French  Tweet

One of the hallmarks of jihadists is their grotesque savagery against women. The classic Hollywood picture of a jihadist as a pure, pious young Muslim man is largely nonsense. The reality is far more brutish. The tales of sex slavery in ISIS-held ...



The Heritage of Natural Law: Mark Levin on Rediscovering Americanism
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Is there an enduring American character? For those who view our nation as at a tipping point, the question is urgent. Others scoff, "Why?" After all, if the American character is truly enduring, it will endure - the ship eventually ...



The 16 Things You Must Believe If the 'Witch Hunt' Accusation Is True
Mona Charen  Tweet

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by ...



Media Beware: The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Become a Dangerous Joke
David French  Tweet

I have a confession to make: I'm a hater lurking at a convention of haters. Our thoughtcrimes are clear and inexcusable. I'm at a meeting of Christians who believe the Bible is true, who believe that mankind is fallen and in need of a ...



Bungled Collusion Is Still Collusion
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

The Russia scandal has entered a new phase and there's no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump-campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 election. Innuendo for ...