American Federalist Journal
Sunday - April 30, 2017


The Opioid Crisis Should Kill the Call to Legalize Hard Drugs
David French  Tweet

There are times in life when ideas are overtaken by events, when the hard experience of reality meets and overcomes the hopefulness of ideas. Now is just such a time. As the opioid crisis takes lives on a historic scale, it's time to kill a ...



Revealed: Eleventh-hour Subpoenas in the Clinton E-mails Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On the matter of the 2016 election, why is there an investigation into Russian meddling but no investigation of Justice Department meddling? The latter effort was more extensive. And it sure looks like it would be a lot easier to prove. This week, ...



A Road Map for Dealing with Campus Radicals
Mona Charen  Tweet

Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America's smallest fraternities -- those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that "intimidation is the new normal" on college campuses. The ...



California Is Seceding from the Constitution
David French  Tweet

Forget the ludicrous #Calexit movement - why should a state bother seceding when it can simply nullify the portions of the Constitution it doesn't like? A troubling trend is emerging: California is imposing its own vision of free speech, ...



Populism on Pause
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

Yesterday's conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions -- the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today's conventional wisdom ...



Ann Coulter the Liberal
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Because the California National Guard couldn't be mobilized in time, Ann Coulter had to withdraw from giving a speech at Berkeley. If you take it seriously, that's the import of UC Berkeley's decision to do everything it could to ...



Berkeley Didn't Birth 'Free Speech,' but It Seems Intent to Bury It
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta's regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law ...



Hocus POTUS
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

President Donald Trump has threatened to unilaterally effect the withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Can he? Conservative legal theorists, having done so much to aggrandize presidential powers during the ...



A Ruling about Nothing
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

A showboating federal judge in San Francisco has issued an injunction against President Trump's executive order cutting off federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. The ruling distorts the E.O. beyond recognition, accusing the president ...



At Berkeley, the Mob Wins Again
David French  Tweet

Early this afternoon, Ann Coulter canceled her planned Thursday speech at the University of California, Berkeley. There can now be no doubt: A violent Left-wing mob dictates the rules at one of the nation's (and the world's) most ...



End the Corporate Tax
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Donald Trump's tax plan calls for reducing the corporate-income tax to 15 percent. That's about 15 points too high. Mitt Romney was mocked for insisting "corporations are people," but he was right: A corporation is a cooperation, a group of people ...



Will 2020 Be Another 1972 for Democrats?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Forty-nine years ago, Vice President Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic candidate for president. The year 1968 was a tumultuous one that saw the assassinations of rival candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy and civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. ...



It Was All Hillary's Fault
David French  Tweet

This weekend, the New York Times scraped the fresh scabs off Democrats' wounds from 2016. In an extended piece, the Times provided us with the best account so far of the deliberations inside the FBI as it investigated Hillary Clinton and ...



Is Marine Le Pen a 'Far-Right' Candidate?
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

In case you've been confused by the last few days of punditry, let me say outright that France is not America. For example, we recently concluded a presidential election in the United States in which many argued that it was imperative to smash ...



The Cowards of Academia
Dennis Prager  Tweet

Now that student mobs at universities around America (and elsewhere in the West) have silenced conservative speaker after conservative speaker, it has dawned on a small number of left-wing professors that the public is beginning to have contempt for ...



It's Time to Crush Campus Censorship
David French  Tweet

The courts have failed. The culture is failing. Unless Congress acts, we may lose not only free speech on college campuses, but free speech in America. In the memorable phrase of my friend, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education president ...



No One Owns Science
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe. Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country under the banner of science and in the ...



Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

How can an otherwise failed dictatorship best suppress internal dissent while winning international attention, influence-and money? Apparently, it must openly seek nuclear weapons. Second, the nut state should sound so crazy and unpredictable ...



A Case for Congress and the Trump Justice Department, Not the Courts
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The Wall Street Journal's editors are understandably exercised over apparent prosecutorial shenanigans in a securities-fraud case out of my old office, the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Maybe ...



Little Creep
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Hasn't Bill Clinton been fellated thoroughly enough? Nina Burleigh spoke for a certain variety of 1990s-style feminist when she famously said that "American women should be lining up" -- on their knees -- in order to express their ...