American Federalist Journal
Wednesday - December 7, 2016


Majority Rule Equals Tyranny
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

It is alleged that Hillary Clinton won a popular vote majority. Therefore, if the nation were not burdened with the antiquated Electoral College, anguished and freaked-out Americans whine, she, instead of Donald Trump, would be the next president of ...



The Messy Truth About Van Jones
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

They never ...



How Could a Jury Not Convict the Man Who Killed Walter Scott?
David French  Tweet

It seems incredible. A South Carolina jury just deadlocked in the trial of North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, the cop caught on tape last year shooting Walter Scott, a fleeing, unarmed black man, in the back. Even worse, that same ...



How Should We Decipher Trumpspeak?
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

It would make a perfect clickbait ad: "Learn this one simple trick to stop worrying about Donald Trump and Make America Great Again."What's the trick? All you have to do is take Trump seriously, but not literally. The formulation is ...



We Do Not Have a Trade Deficit
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

'Thank goodness for Kevin McCarthy!" isn't something one says every day, but in the matter of President-elect Donald J. Trump's backward and destructive plan to resurrect 19th-century tariffs, the gentleman from California is ...



The Left's Gambles
Thomas Sowell  Tweet

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don't have enough information to know how the decision will turn ...



Anti-Gun Hysteria Is Hazardous to Your Health
David French  Tweet

Despite their avowed faith in science and data, all too many progressives view a gun as a kind of magical, evil object. It's a metallic voodoo doll that is best not touched, handled, or brought into polite conversation, even when it can save ...



To Kill a Pipeline - Again
Rich Lowry  Tweet

One of the Obama administration's core competencies is suspending pipeline projects with no cause. It will leave office with another notch in its belt, now that the Army Corps of Engineers has acted to block a final piece of the Dakota Access ...



Which Fake News?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The craziest thing about the "pizzagate" story isn't the fantastical idea that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a bland bespectacled lady who secretly runs a ritualistic child-sex ring in a subterranean torture chamber, but that it ...



The Twin Pillars of Progressive Prejudice
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

In media land, Donald Trump is a reckless tweeter; Barack Obama's outreach to GloZell and rapper Kendrick Lamar is just kicking back and having fun (Lamar's latest album portrayed the corpse of a judge to the toasting merriment of ...



In China, Prisoners of Conscience Are Literally Being Butchered
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

This week, two extraordinary Canadian films one a chilling documentary, the other a riveting drama based on its findings were released for sale on ...



General Mattis Needs a Waiver from Congress to Serve as Secretary of Defense
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

As one would expect, Shannen Coffin has made as good a case as can be made for his position against legislative limitations on the president's appointment power -- in this instance, a statutory ban on service as secretary of defense by retired ...



A Problem Like Keith Ellison
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Keith Ellison (or Keith E. Hakim, or Keith X. Ellison, or Keith Muhammad, etc.) is campaigning for office. Not for the safe House seat he holds, but for the leadership of the Democratic party, a job until recently held by the hilariously incompetent ...



'Clever Fox' Mattis
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The Mattis appointment as defense secretary could prove to be Trump's most inspired, even given the nightmarish mess brewing abroad. But the media blitz has overdone the idea that Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis is somehow a frenzied, ...



The Great and Misunderstood Challenges of Adoption
David French  Tweet

This Thanksgiving, a baby girl was left at a firehouse in Wantagh, N.Y. She was a mere four pounds, two ounces, and was immediately nicknamed "Baby Girl Hope." It's not every day that a young mom leaves her child at a firehouse ...



Trump's Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It's an Opportunity
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

We've all seen these kinds of games. The team gets pushed around all over the gridiron#...#but it wins anyway. The opposing squad marches up and down the field with apparent ease, piling up yardage, chewing up clock. But each time, something ...



Fidel Castro: 60 Years of Fake News
Mona Charen  Tweet

A panic is sweeping the land -- or at least something like it has unnerved CNN, Vox and other precincts of progressive sensibility. They are alarmed that millions of Americans are being misled by "fake news." As someone whose inbox has lately bulged ...