American Federalist Journal
Tuesday - January 24, 2017


America's Second Civil War
Dennis Prager  Tweet

It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its second Civil ...



Don't Shred Your Credibility for Your Tribe
David French  Tweet

This weekend witnessed perhaps the dumbest political debate I've ever seen. It started with an act of bad-faith media trolling. Reporters noticed that Trump's inauguration crowd was much smaller than one for Obama's historically ...



Donald Trump's New Culture War
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The nation's foremost culture warrior is President Donald J. Trump. He wouldn't, at first blush, seem well suited to the part. Trump once appeared on the cover of Playboy. He has been married three times. He ran beauty pageants and was a ...



Prosperity Is Destiny
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

"Ten thousand cuts an awful lot of family ties." - Pike Bishop in The Wild BunchWhen Ronald Reagan entered office in 1981 amid negative economic growth, roaring inflation, and high unemployment, his critics immediately grew ...



Our Unimaginative Politicians, and the Need to Stop Rewarding Them
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Nobody actually wants to have a nuanced discussion. Everybody wants to have had a nuanced discussion, at the end of which they got their way. If you want to see this in action, talk to somebody about incomes or wealth. An economist who was doing ...



Can America's Divides Be Healed?
David French  Tweet

The word of the day is "polarized." The New York Times declared that Donald Trump "will take command of a country unsettled after one of the most polarizing periods in modern times." ABC's chief political analyst went ...



Trump's Nationalist Anthem
Rich Lowry  Tweet

It was a very Trump address, basically a slightly more subdued version of his stump speech. The deepest theme of the speech was the legitimacy of the nation state and an argument for it as the best defender of the interests of its citizens and as a ...



Security Is Job No. 1
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Say this much for Washington: The Swamp knows how to do pageantry. Beginning on Thursday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery, the solemn and joyful rituals of a presidential inauguration overwhelmed the clown show -- on Capitol Hill, where ...



The Anti-Business Businessman
Mona Charen  Tweet

We've been instructed not to take our new president literally but instead seriously (in the felicitous phrasing of Salena Zito). As I write, there are hints that the inaugural address will focus on the theme of "America First." President-elect Trump ...



Obama's Inexcusable Commutation
David Limbaugh  Tweet

I highly doubt that President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence out of compassion -- and suspect it was just one more slap in America's face on his way out the ...



Urban Leftists Can't Stop Violating the Constitution
David French  Tweet

Here's a pro tip for government lawyers: You shouldn't endeavor to eliminate indirectly those constitutional rights you can't eliminate directly. Someone needs to explain this rather basic legal reality to the city of Chicago. ...



The Science of Intellectual Tribalism
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump's science adviser." - Washington Post, January 18Um. Well, huh. For those unfamiliar with David Gelernter, he essentially created ...



The Next JFK
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it.(function(d, s, id) { if ...



Warning: Adult Content
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Donald J. Trump today is sworn in as president of these United States. Break out the adult coloring books. Funny word, "adult." We use the word communicating "maturity" to describe the most immature forms of expression. ...



By Commuting Bradley Manning's Sentence, Obama Broke Faith with the Military
David French  Tweet

It might just take going to war to truly understand the nature of military justice. During my deployment to Iraq, I was the only JAG officer at an isolated outpost near the Iraq-Iran border. I worked closely with my commander on the dizzying ...



It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Furor has arisen over President-elect Donald Trump's charges that our intelligence agencies are politicized. Spare us the outrage. For decades, directors of intelligence agencies have often quite inappropriately massaged their assessments to ...



Sponsors of Anarchy
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

Hoodlums will be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. Count on ...