American Federalist Journal
Sunday - September 24, 2017


Want Less Sexual Trauma on Campus? Stop Telling the Big Lies.
David French  Tweet

In the debate over Title IX and sexual assault on campus, I keep hearing the same questions: Sure, you're for due process, but do you also care - do you really care - about the victims of sexual assault? Where is the sympathy for ...



On Criminal Justice, Sessions Is Returning DOJ to the Rule of Law
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Two former top Obama-appointed prosecutors co-author a diatribe against Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions for returning the Justice Department to purportedly outdated, too "tough on crime" charging practices. Yawn. After eight years ...



Do Conservatives Take Rape Seriously?
Mona Charen  Tweet

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That's one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault ...



The Agony of the Wall
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Build that wall! Eventually. Or at least patch up some existing fencing. If Chuck and Nancy will agree. Donald Trump's signature pledge to build a border wall, a.k.a The Wall, is diminishing almost by the hour. No battle plan survives contact ...



Immigration Hawks Lick Their Wounds after Trump's About-Face
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'At this point, who doesn't want Trump impeached?" - Ann Coulter tweet, 7:05 a.m., September 14, 2017. "If reports true 100%. I blame R's. They caused this. They wanted him to fail and now pushed him into arms of ...



Trump White House Should Stop Talking about Comey
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

President Trump, through his press secretary, has recommended that the Justice Department, which answers to Trump, should consider prosecuting former FBI director James Comey. The statements by Sarah Huckabee Sanders were not a model of clarity, and ...



The Democratic Push for Single-Payer Could Hand Trump a Second Term
David French  Tweet

Today is single-payer day. Bernie Sanders is introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2017, and this time he's no lone socialist crying in the progressive wilderness. A total of 15 Democratic senators are backing his bill, including most of the ...



What If South Korea Acted Like North Korea?
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Think of the Korean Peninsula turned upside down. Imagine if there were a South Korean dictatorship that had been in power, as a client of the United States since 1953. Imagine also that contemporary South Korea was not the rich, democratic home of ...



Price-Gouging Is a Public Service
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

It's the little things. The response to our back-to-back hurricanes -- from both the public sector and from civil society -- shows that the American people and their institutions have made substantial improvements in their ability to endure ...



The U.S. Is Not the Highest-Taxed Nation in the World
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

You can tell that President Trump is getting serious about tax reform, because he has started lying about it. Trump on the stump insists that the United States is the highest-taxed nation in the world. That is . . . not exactly true, or close to ...



No, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Trump Isn't 'America's First White President'
David French  Tweet

Why must conversations about race inevitably devolve to the extreme? Why can't we address human choices in all their individual complexity? Could it be possible that people have mixed motives, or that the actions of small minorities ...



Trump and His Supporters Care about 'Wins,' Not Ideology
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

I used to worry that Donald Trump was Lonesome Rhodes in a better suit. I'm starting to wonder if he's Chance the Gardener in a worse one. Just in case you don't get the references, Rhodes was the lead character, played by Andy ...



9/11 Ended a Golden Age
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The golden age lasted about ten years. In November of 1989, the gates of the Berlin Wall were opened. Soon after, the people themselves took to it with sledgehammers, and people who did not know that they could cry from joy learned to. The Wall was ...



The 'Idiots' Were Right, Mr. Bannon
David French  Tweet

How quickly some of us forget. How arrogant some of us have become. Those of you old enough to remember the shock and horror of September 11, answer me this: If I had told you that the George W. Bush's anti-terror policies would be so ...



The Schumer Option Is a Dead End
Rich Lowry  Tweet

President Trump is looking for a congressional leader he likes. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting, so now the president is flirting with Chuck Schumer. Trump sided with Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last week on an agreement to extend the debt ...



Throwing Away the Russian Card
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

"They [the North Koreans] will eat grass but will not stop their program as long as they do not feel safe."- Vladimir Putin, Beijing, China, September 5, 2017 China has put the U.S. into an existential dilemma. Its surrogate North ...



There Are Worse Things Than the Weather
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Gasoline prices are falling, but you can't buy the stuff. In the wake of one hurricane and in the face of another, the price of gasoline - as measured by gasoline futures - declined last week, even as the U.S. gasoline inventory ...



Betsy DeVos's Critics Rely on Junk Science and Sheer Malice
David French  Tweet

Honestly, even for a person who's been hardened by decades of campus ideological and legal battles, it's hard to believe how thoroughly unhinged, how intellectually bankrupt is the argument against protecting due process on campus. ...



DACA: Trump Does the Full Obama on Prosecutorial Discretion
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The Donald's renewed romance with old pals (and donees) "Chuck and Nancy" is already paying more dividends#...#for Democrats. If the president's tweet on Thursday morning is to be believed (not always a sure thing), he has ...



Poking the Beehive
Mona Charen  Tweet

Professor Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law has poked a stick into a beehive. Tenure is liberating that way. In an op-ed for Philly.com, she argued, with Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, that the ...