American Federalist Journal
Thursday - June 30, 2016


Cigarettes Are Hazardous, But Some Lawmakers Are Worse
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

IN HAWAII and California, the minimum age for buying cigarettes was raised recently to 21. Now Massachusetts lawmakers, addicted to the rush that comes from limiting other people's choices, are keen to jump on the ...



The Embrace of Socialism -- Despite Its Track Record
Larry Elder  Tweet

One of life's enduring mysteries is why the left -- against overwhelming evidence to the contrary -- insists on more taxation, more government spending and more government control over the private sector. Europe's socialism has, over the last ...



Racism and the Indelible Impact of Personal Experience
David French  Tweet

Let's begin with a thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that one out of every 20 Americans was an outright, died-in-the-wool racist. These Americans hate people of other races, and that hatred leaks out in various ways, including through ...



Anti-Brexit Elites Aren't the Ones Who Suffer from Their Policies
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Following the Brexit, Europe may witness even more plebiscites against the undemocratic European Union throughout the continent. The furor of ignored Europeans against their union is not just directed against rich and powerful government elites per ...



The Road to Rationalia
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Being an astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson is familiar with event horizons. He needs a refresher on epistemic horizons. An event horizon (the term is generally associated with black holes) is a boundary in spacetime surrounding a massive object ...



Outsourcing Security Is Dumb and Deadly
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

It is not a theory that delegating the protection of our embassy and military personnel to other countries risks lives. It is a reality bathed in American ...



A Disastrous Court Decision on Abortion
Star Parker  Tweet

The Supreme Court's decision, striking down the Texas abortion law signed by Governor Rick Perry in 2013, is but the latest example of the lost, confused, sick nation we have ...



Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has "utterly failed," adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could "live happily side by ...



The Benghazi Debacle Should Have Ended Hillary Clinton's Career
David French  Tweet

Do failures and lies matter any longer? If you are a prominent Democratic politician, what exactly is the level of wrongdoing that will end your career? Reading the long-awaited report from the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the associated ...



The Wisdom of Mencken and Nock Seems Fresh Today
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Believing in my bones, as I do, that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are unworthy and unqualified to be president of the United States has inspired me to do a lot of soul searching, and that has drawn me more and more to the writings of the ...



A Better National To-Do List
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

In 2014, Islamic terrorists had a banner year, nearly doubling their annual body count to 32,658, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. Last year probably wasn't any less bloody, and this year probably will be just as ...



Can We Harness the Worldwide Populist Movement?
David Limbaugh  Tweet

It is hard to deny that there is a worldwide impulse against elitism, globalism, unaccountable regulatory bureaucracies and illegal immigration that is powerfully present in the United States and transcends the Donald Trump ...



Why the Left Hates Referendums
Dennis Prager  Tweet

One of the common laments of leftist commentators in Europe and America concerning Brexit is that holding referendums is a bad ...



The Fraud Goes On
Thomas Sowell  Tweet

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by ...



The Imaginarium of Harry Blackmun
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The Supreme Court has added another chapter to the body of law rooted in very little more than the imagination of Justice Harry Blackmun, who, with the assistance of a few of his fellow legal fantasists, delivered the constitutional right to ...



A Vote for Self-Government
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Democracy is too important to be left to the people. That is the global elite's collective reaction to Britain's vote to exit the European Union, which is being portrayed as the work of ill-informed xenophobes who never should have been ...



A Long Trump Summer
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Before summer is over, we may see things now scarcely imagined that will make Brexit seem anticlimactic. Trump's Attack Mode I think the following is an accurate statement: No major public figure has ever before attacked the Clintons in the ...



More Firepower Than the Marines
Jeff Jacoby  Tweet

AMERICA'S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and ...



Hayek in the Hill Country
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The easiest route to political control isn't brute force: Sure, you can stick a gun in somebody's face, but that's always a risky business. The easiest route to political control is economic control. It's cleaner, it's ...



An Unspoken Rule
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Race politics in America aren't that hard to understand, if you understand the class politics that go along with them. Yesterday on NPR, a young woman lamenting the verdict in the Freddie Gray case -- another Baltimore police officer was ...