John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson is a senior correspondent at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, n+1, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.
Why A Wall Alone Can’t Fix The Emergency On The U.S. Border

Central American families determined to claim asylum won’t be stopped by a wall, nor will cartels that profit big from smuggling them into the United States.

In El Paso, Beto O’Rourke Makes It Easy For Trump To Target ‘Extreme’ Democrats

With Beto O’Rourke as a perfect foil, Trump kicked off his 2020 reelection bid by painting Democrats as ‘outside the mainstream.’

Peter Jackson’s World War I Documentary Is A Civilizational Triumph

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ immortalizes and humanizes the ordinary British infantrymen who fought on the Western Front, and were then forgotten.

Democrats’ Inexorable Abortion Logic Has Finally Caught Up With Them

From unrestricted late-term abortions to infanticide, Democrats are now facing the consequences of a position that never had a limiting principle.

The Texas GOP Is Stoking Voter Fraud Fears Without Much Evidence

Texas Republicans are hyping a report of voter fraud despite a lack of evidence, indulging a bad old habit of pandering to an excitable base.

The Bigotry At The Heart Of The Covington Affair Belongs To The Left

After days of outrage and condemnations, the Covington affair has revealed a disturbing bigotry among far too many media figures and outlets on the left.

Witness In El Chapo Trial Says Mexican President Took $100 Million Bribe

Bombshell testimony comes after months of witnesses alleging widespread corruption at the highest levels of the Mexican government.

Have Conservatives Rolled Over, Or Have They Been Steamrolled?

In the culture war, conservatives haven’t given up without a fight so much as they’ve been trampled underfoot.

There’s A National Emergency On The Border, But It’s Not What You Think

Trump says there’s a crisis on the border, but the crisis reaches far beyond the border into every institution in Mexico and Central America.

Trump And Democrats Could Reach A Compromise If They Actually Cared About Securing The Border

Trump and the Democrats could agree to more funding for border security in exchange for more funding for processing asylum-seekers, but they won’t.

We Need To Talk About Why Trophy Hunting Is Wrong

There’s a big difference between trophy hunting and hunting for sport or subsistence. The latter is salutary and noble, the former is a disgrace.

A Federal Judge Finally Exposes The Lies At The Heart Of Obamacare

Obamacare was sold to the American people under false pretenses and upheld by a dishonest Supreme Court ruling. Now it’s coming apart, and it’s about time.

The Transgender Movement Is Not Interested In Compromise

As public schools begin to enforce rigid transgender policies, the trans movement is becoming more mainstream and less tolerant.

Amid Tear Gas And Border Clashes, The Migrant Crisis Arrives In America

Hundreds of migrants from Central America attempted to forcibly enter the U.S. on Sunday, heralding a new and dangerous era in the ongoing migrant crisis.

The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis Is Dredging Up An Old Heresy

Catholics leaving the church over the sex abuse crisis are giving into the false notion that the sacraments depend on blameless clerics.

The Bishops In Their Labyrinth

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore this week hoping to address the sex abuse crisis. Instead, they made things worse.

Ted Cruz Might Have Won, But The Midterms Bode Ill For Texas

Cruz barely beat Beto O’Rourke, and other statewide races across Texas showed that despite its deep-red reputation, Texas could turn blue.

Beto O’Rourke Loses To Ted Cruz In Texas Senate Race

O’Rourke’s loss should put to rest the notion that a left-wing progressive can win in deep-red Texas without compromising on key issues.

In Beto’s Last Stand, He’s Betting It All On Left-Wing Progressives

For all the hype about turning Texas blue, Beto O’Rourke represents nothing so much as the deeply myopic state of the Texas Democratic Party.

We Are Living In An Age Of Political Paranoia

The popularity of a grand conspiracy theory—the kind that took hold of the Pittsburgh gunman—is the result of a shattered political culture.