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.
If It Weren’t For The Constitution, America Would Be A ‘Sh-thole’ Country, Too

President Trump was right that some countries are ‘sh-tholes,’ but we should remember that America is different because it was fortunate enough to be born free.

Trump Is Right To Let States Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

Medicaid expansion has gotten out of control. Work requirements will give able-bodied Medicaid enrollees what they really need: full employment.

Apple And Facebook Aren’t Going To Save Us From Smartphone Addiction

A group of investors wants Apple to do something about smartphone addiction among teens. But Apple can’t solve this problem, only parents can.

No, Polar Bears Are Not Dying Off In Droves Because Of Climate Change

A recent video of a starving polar bear tugged at the heartstrings of global warming alarmists. But the fact is, polar bears are doing just fine.

As Protests Rage, Let’s Be Honest About Iran’s Tyrannical Regime

Unlike President Obama, President Trump is willing to talk about the Iranian regime with moral clarity, calling it ‘brutal and corrupt,’ which it is.

What’s With Lifestyle Magazines Randomly Bashing Trump?

A recent feature story in Outside went out of its way to attack President Trump. It was supposed to be a puff piece about an ice-fishing tournament in Minnesota.

A Democratic ‘Blue Wave’ In 2018? Not So Fast

A string of recent GOP defeats suggest a ‘blue wave’ in next year’s midterms. It’s a nice theory, but Democrats simply aren’t up to the task.

In Alabama, Roy Moore’s Defiant Campaign Recalls Trump’s Outsider Status

To some Alabamans, Moore is a hero. For many others, voting for him is just a way to support President Trump and defy the GOP establishment—again.

Roy Moore’s Core Supporters In Alabama Don’t Care What You Think

As Alabama’s special Senate election draws near, pastors speak out about why they’re standing by Roy Moore in defiance of the GOP establishment.

It’s Time To Repeal The Johnson Amendment And Let Pastors Talk Politics

Since 1954, the Johnson Amendment has prohibited religious leaders from supporting or opposing political candidates. The GOP tax bill might change that.

The First Thanksgiving Was Nothing Like What You Were Taught

Most Americans were taught a cartoonish version of the first Thanksgiving, but the history of the Pilgrims and Indians was far more complex—and harrowing.

To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment

Voters in Alabama might send Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate. Maybe it’s time to consider allowing state legislatures to elect senators again.

Long Before Assault Allegations, Roy Moore Betrayed Conservatism

Social conservatives embraced Roy Moore because they thought he was fighting for them. In fact, Moore was never a conservative to begin with.

Texas Court Case Exposes The Gruesome Reality Of Dismemberment Abortion

Abortion providers in Texas don’t think the state should require them to kill a fetus before dismembering it in its mother’s womb.

Shelby Foote’s Civil War History Defends America Against Insatiable Haters Like Ta-Nehisi Coates

Enough with the trendy historical revisionism. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was right: the Civil War came about because compromise failed.

The Iconoclasts Come For George Washington

By removing its historic memorials to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Christ Church is yielding to the relentless logic of identity politics.

American Christianity Is In Crisis. Is There Reason To Hope For Renewal?

Four recent books examine the state of Christianity in America and offer a vision of hope. But are these authors deemphasizing the trials ahead?

The Virginia Governor’s Race Has Exposed A Big Immigration Problem For Democrats

By making immigration an issue, Republican Ed Gillespie is challenging Democrat Ralph Northam to answer for his party: do Democrats believe in borders?

One Year Later, Coastal Elites Still Don’t Understand Why Voters Turned To Trump

A year ago this week I drove through Ohio and Pennsylvania talking to people about the election. It wasn’t hard to see why many of them wanted Trump.

The Iconoclasts Come For World War I Memorials

In a dangerous new ruling, a federal court declared that a WWI memorial is unconstitutional because it’s in the shape of a Latin cross.