American Federalist Journal
Wednesday - November 22, 2017


Evangelicals, Where Is Your Faith?
David French  Tweet

There are some Bible stories that really stick with you. Here's one that's challenged me my entire life. Centuries before the birth of Christ, the tiny and vulnerable kingdom of Judah faced an existential threat from the Assyrian empire. ...



The Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting the Clinton Emails Treatment
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In July 2016, the Obama administration announced its decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government files. In the aftermath, I observed that there is a very aggressive way ...



The Louts and Dunces Party
Mona Charen  Tweet

Just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that the Republican Party had thrown in the towel on maintaining any sort of Donald Trump-free identity. Sen. Jeff Flake announced that, rather than defy the Trump-supporting base in Arizona, he would not seek ...



Conservatives, Don't Dismiss the Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Roy Moore
David French  Tweet

Today the Washington Post dropped a bombshell. A woman has come forward to claim that decades ago Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was only 14 years old. He was 32 at the time, a prosecutor in Etowah ...



There Is No 'Without Trump'
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Ed Gillespie went from potential vindicator of Trumpism to cuckservative in the space of a couple of hours. The Virginia Republican, campaigning in a treacherous political environment defined by an unpopular president of his own party, ran the only ...



The GOP Can't Afford to Chase Away Its Own
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

I don't know who first said it (the Internet offers many possibilities), but it's an iron law of politics, not just democracy. You gain power by adding forces to your coalition, and you lose power by subtracting forces from your ...



On Taxes, Another Fiasco in the Works
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Rhetorically, President Trump is all bang - and in reality, he's all whimper. "I alone can fix it," he insisted. Fix what? Everything! How's that working out for you, Republicans? A big, beautiful wall paid for by the ...



'Winning' Isn't Winning
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

So, here's the math: Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, won nine out of ten votes among Virginians who approve of President Donald Trump. He lost nine out of ten votes among those who disapprove. He lost by nine ...



Behold the Free-Speech Hypocrisy of the Corporate Left
David French  Tweet

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted the Newseum's Free Expression Award. In his remarks, Cook clearly and unequivocally defended the idea that corporations have values, and that they must protect their values in the ...



Remembering Stalingrad 75 Years Later
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Seventy-five years ago this month, the Soviet Red Army surrounded -- and would soon destroy -- a huge invading German army at Stalingrad on the Volga River. Nearly 300,000 of Germany's best soldiers would never return home. The epic ...



Military-Worship Is Bad for the Military
David French  Tweet

We now know how the Texas church shooter was able to so easily obtain the weapons he used to slaughter 26 innocent men, women, and children in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs: The Air Force made a mistake. In 2012, the shooter was ...



The Great Gun Divide
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Among the many problems with the Great Gun Debate these days is that the pro-gun crowd wants to make it a culture-war battle and the anti-gun crowd wants to pretend that it isn't. On public policy grounds, the pro-gun people have the better ...



In the Face of Evil, Prayer Is the Most Rational and Effective Response
David French  Tweet

When you see a mass murder unfold on the television screen or read about it online, let me tell you the single-most important and effective thing you can do in response. It also happens to be the single-most important and effective thing you can do ...



In Texas, Two Very American Heroes
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Before the Texas church shooter encountered any police officers, he was run off a highway and dead. He had been shot and chased by two private citizens who took it upon themselves to respond to a heinous crime when no one with a badge was anywhere ...



Don't Forget Middle East Madness
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

There is currently a real Asian pivot as the president completes one of the longest presidential tours of Asia in memory. Three carrier battle groups are in the West Pacific. America at home is in one of its periodic frenzies - did Ben Affleck ...



Dear Republicans, Save the Adoption Tax Credit
David French  Tweet

Adoption is hard. If you've adopted a child, you know. If your close friends or family members have adopted a child, you know. The most marvelous result - an orphaned, abandoned, or abused child finding a home - is typically ...



Your Sentencing Advice Isn't Helpful, Mr. President
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The twaddle President Trump tweeted (here and here) in urging the "DEATH PENALTY!" for Sayfullo Saipov, the West Side Highway jihadist, is maddening - and not just on its face. Only days earlier, the commander-in-chief had been ...



Bring Back Political Parties
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Just after the 2016 election, I dared to hope "that I may never be obliged to write the name 'Clinton' again." I often mix up "lay" and "lie," and sometimes my English-major math shows up when ...



Dear Republicans, Save the Adoption Tax Credit
David French  Tweet

Adoption is hard. If you've adopted a child, you know. If your close friends or family members have adopted a child, you know. The most marvelous result - an orphaned, abandoned, or abused child finding a home - is typically ...



Your Sentencing Advice Isn't Helpful, Mr. President
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The twaddle President Trump tweeted (here and here) in urging the "DEATH PENALTY!" for Sayfullo Saipov, the West Side Highway jihadist, is maddening - and not just on its face. Only days earlier, the commander-in-chief had been ...