American Federalist Journal
Monday - September 26, 2016


Cretin Hop
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

I have invented a new drinking game for the upcoming Clinton-Trump presidential debate. It works like this: You stand in the stairwell of a very tall building. Every time somebody says something stupid or dishonest, you walk up a flight of ...



In 2016, What Would Bill Buckley Do?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Last night, the editors and friends of this magazine gathered in San Francisco for the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize dinner, this year honoring former secretary of state George Schultz for -- as the understated invitation put it -- "his ...



Our Dangerous Drift from Reason
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In a time when "narrative" has supplanted factual reporting, Fox's Bret Baier's evening news program is usually an oasis in the desert. So I winced when he asserted, amid Thursday's report on the deadly Charlotte ...



What Are the Checks and Balances?
Mona Charen  Tweet

This election year makes a mockery of past complaints about the "lesser of two evils." That cliche has been trotted out in every election of my lifetime. In every previous contest, though, the choice was not between evils. It was often between ...



How Trump Could Win the Debate
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Hillary Clinton will almost certainly win Monday night's epic presidential debate on points - and still could lose. It's hard to see how Clinton, who has marinated in public policy for 30 years and is preparing for the debate like ...



Clinton's Personality, Trump's Policy Expertise Open to Debate
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

This Monday we will see Hillary Clinton battle Donald Trump in their first presidential debate. It's difficult to capture the otherworldliness of it all. Most of the commentary centers around Trump -- and for good reason. He's the X ...



Anti-Cop Rioters Are the Vanguard of the 'No Lives Matter' Movement
David French  Tweet

The anti-cop movement is completely out of control. It's moved from attacking the police, to attacking the rule of law itself, and now it is attacking the fundamental human right of self-defense. Twice in a month, rioters have struck back ...



A Hard Rain Is Going to Fall
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm. The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, Archduke ...



Cruelty to Black Students
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

Last year's college news was about demands for safe spaces, trigger warnings and bans on insensitivity. This year's college news is about black student demands for segregated campus housing and other racially segregated campus spaces and ...



Hey, UN Corruptocrats: Spare Us Refugee Sanctimony
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging ...



Our Political Predicament
Thomas Sowell  Tweet

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living ...



The Secret Law for Wall Street
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It is impossible to pity Wall Street for its current predicament. After doing so much to ensure the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and lavishly patronizing his congressional allies, the pinstripes-and-Adephagia set is suffering mightily under ...



Child Care Proposals: Be Like Sweden?
Mona Charen  Tweet

There may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) child care proposal, but The New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them. As is always the case with new proposed social spending, The New York Times chides the ...



Political Correctness Doesn't Only Threaten Speech
David Limbaugh  Tweet

Many, including me, have lamented that political correctness, especially on university campuses, is undermining free ...



Free Speech Is Killing Free Speech
David French  Tweet

It happens every time. Every single time that I criticize a private corporation for progressive bullying - say, boycotting North Carolina even as it gleefully serves Saudi Arabia - or critique an online shame campaign, I get the same ...



Trump the Shape Shifter
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

If you are the status quo candidate in a change election in which the national mood is sour and two-thirds of the electorate think the country is on the wrong track, what do you do? Attack. Relentlessly. Paint your opponent as extremist, volatile, ...



For the Separation of Stadium and State
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

I've never been a sports fanatic. In fact, I'm the kind of guy a lot of sports obsessives can't stand. I tend not to pay attention to anything until the playoffs, and even then it's entertainment more than passion. This can ...