American Federalist Journal
Thursday - May 25, 2017


The Worst Word in American Politics
Rich Lowry  Tweet

For the past couple of years, the most important word in American politics has been the worst - "rigged." Emanating from slang back in the 17th century, developing into a description of financial fraud, and then branching out to ...



The Latest 'Just Like Watergate' Idiocy
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

There is so much legal ignorance in the reporting and commentary about the "Russia investigation," it is hard to keep up. The latest is that we need a special prosecutor because the firing of FBI director James Comey could amount to ...



Severed Heads
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

President Trump's firing of James Comey revealed strange timing, herky-jerky methods, and bad political optics. Certainly, in the existential political war that Trump finds himself in, it would have been wiser, first, to have rallied his ...



Why We Love - and Need - The Rock
David French  Tweet

There are cinematic moments that define a career. For Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, that moment occurred before wildly cheering fans on April 3, 2015. The fans were packed into movie houses worldwide. The Rock was onscreen, playing ...



Personnel and Policy
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

With North Korean nuclear threats escalating into a genuine international crisis, the ordinary thing to do would be to have our ambassadors in Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo keep in close consultation with the relevant authorities in those countries. A ...



This Is How the Elite Poisons Our Culture
David French  Tweet

Let's imagine that one day, after many years of marriage, your wife comes to you and tells you that she's deeply, profoundly dissatisfied. She's lost any sense of her own sexuality, she's losing connection with her ...



On the Limits of Loyalty
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

'Jumped the shark" is an overused expression straight out of 1970s situation comedy. It is the most charitable interpretation of the moment President Donald Trump pressed "Tweet" on Friday morning. After nearly four months of ...



Trump's Escape From Comey Mess
Mona Charen  Tweet

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting ...



A Political Axe Murder
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

It was implausible that FBI director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 -- the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for ...



A Scandal about Smoke
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The cliché about the Russia investigation is that there's a lot of smoke, and with the firing of FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump rolled a military-grade smoke grenade into the room. There were many legitimate reasons to ...



Why the Trump White House Is So Leaky
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Historians will tell you that Adolf Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. ...



No, It Is Not 'Treason'
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

In the words of the sage: "Settle down, Beavis." We are in the midst of a great and greatly embarrassing national outbreak of hysterical ninnyism, for the moment focused on the person of Donald J. Trump, the failed casino operator and ...



Donald Trump Was Wrong to Fire James Comey
David French  Tweet

Let's begin with this premise: It is vitally important for the health of our democracy that our nation fully investigate both the extent of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, and whether anti-Trump or anti-Russia hysteria led ...



Can Trump Successfully Remodel the GOP?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The Republican-party establishment is caught in an existential paradox. Without Donald Trump's populist and nationalist 2016 campaign, the GOP probably would not have won the presidency. Nor would Republicans now enjoy such lopsided control of ...



Children Before Politics
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The Texas legislature is considering a bill that would empower adoption agencies to act like adoption agencies rather than be pressed into service as soldiers in the culture wars. That this is controversial is instructive if dismaying. The bill in ...



The Feminization of Everything Fails Our Boys
David French  Tweet

Let me share with you two troubling -- and, I believe, closely linked -- news reports. The first, from this weekend, comes courtesy of the American Enterprise Institute's Mark Perry. In one chart, he highlights the dramatic and growing gender ...



The Bipartisan Case against James Comey
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Jim Comey has been a good friend to me over the years. I have disagreed strenuously with a number of decisions he made in connection with the Hillary Clinton investigation -- with his rationales and with the fact that he was presuming to exercise ...



Courts, Colbert Enabling Trump's Violations of Democratic Norms
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

A great deal has been said about Donald Trump's violations of "democratic norms." I agree with much of it. But the big problem with violating democratic norms -- the unwritten customs and practices even political opponents ...



Camino de Servidumbre
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

In his classic monograph on central planning, The Road to Serfdom, F. A. Hayek noted something that seemed like a paradox: "Socialism can be put into practice only by methods of which most socialists disapprove," he wrote. He argued that ...



Progressives Eat One of Their Own in the Latest Campus Controversy
David French  Tweet

Every single time I think the academy has reached peak intolerance and peak insanity, it proves me wrong. There is no argument that is too stupid for academic radicals. There is no lie that these "scholars" aren't willing to tell ...