The American Conservative

The American Conservative: The Magazine for Thinking Conservatives is published by The American Conservative. This magazine focuses on Social and Political issues in all aspects of morality and conservatism.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 12, June 18

A Melody in the Irish Air
FILM[Once]A Melody in the Irish AirMUSICALS WON SIX Best Picture Oscars in the 1950s and 1960s but only one since ("Chicago" in 2002). Why aren't movie musicals terribly popular anymore? Americans wiU often teU you that it's just not realistic for somebody...
Amnesty Repeats Itself
The immigration package pushed by the Bush Administration is nothing new. It's been tried before-with results that now lobby for another round of legalization.THE SENATE, with the help of a White House that knows a lot about policy blunders, seems to...
Battling over What's Left
Will attachment to a losing war so marginalize neoliberals that their centrist influence is lost to the Democratic Party?"NEOLIBERALISM is a terrible word for an important movement," Charles Peters wrote in his preface to the "Neoliberal Manifesto" in...
Buying Trophies
I always used to cheer for Uncle Sam's team where international sports were concerned. The bad old Soviets, we were told, used illegal drugs and turned hairy male shot putters into women, depriving pretty American college girls from winning gold in the...
Deep Background
President George W. Bush has made the decision not to attack Iran this year and will instead concentrate on both overt diplomacy and covert action to hinder its attempts to acquire nuclear weapons capability. The decision was made based on Karl Rove's...
Forum
ABANDONMENT ISSUESWilson Burman's "Doomed to Repeat" (May 21) is a typical example of taking leftist reporting on the Vietnam War and comparing it to the situation in Iraq today. I resent Burman's suggestion that a few words from David Halberstam's The...
How the West Was Lost
How the West Was Lost [The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent, Walter Laqueur, Thomas Dunne Books, 256 pages]By Theodore DalrympleFLYING TO ROTTERDAM recently, the largest and busiest port in the world, I was forcibly struck by the aerial...
La Raza's Lapdogs
Why the elite press won't report seriously on immigrationDESPITE ITS TRADITION of editorializing in favor of openness and public participation, the prestige press offered virtually no complaints when the Senate recently voted to skip holding hearings...
Lone Star
Maverick Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul finds that being right is the one thing his party won't forgive.AT FIRST GLANCE, he looks like every other congressman in the Canon Building. His suit is dark. His tie is striped. He is convivial with...
Make Room for Big Brother
Asia accomodates Beijing's rise.CHINA PERPLEXES. The United States knows how to deal with nuclear-armed countries, such as Britain and France, that are clearly friends and allies. It learned through painful trial and error how to deal with a nuclear-armed...
Managing Expectations
Managing Expectations [A Mormon in the White House? 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney, Hugh Hewitt, Regnery Publishing, 311 pages]By W. James Antle IIIThis isn't the first time a successful businessman and Republican governor named...
Stupid Party
Republicans rage against Ron Paul.IT WAS A DANGEROUS NIGHT in South Carolina: the ten candidates for the Republican nomination gathered, and a debate broke out. Damage control was swift Party elders rushed to excommunicate the instigator. Pundits howled,...
Taiwan Strait Talk
One hundred years ago, the most critical relationship on earth was between the world power and naval power Great Britain and the dominant power in Europe, the Germany of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The blazing issue was the decision by the kaiser and Admiral...
Torture Reform
[ETHICS]The Army's promise to leave no man behind was put to the test as thousands of troops fanned out across the Iraqi countryside searching for three soldiers taken in a May 12 ambush. The enemy's strategy was clear: force Americans into a humbling...
Viereck Revisited
The philosopher-poet christened conservatism-then failed its litmus tests.PETER VIERECK has been called, with good reason, "the first conservative." His 1949 book Conservatism Revisited was the first post-World War ? effort to rehabilitate the c-word,...
Watching the Detectives
What were Gonzales and Card so desperate to hide?FROM OCTOBER 2003, when he joined the Bush Justice Department as deputy attorney general, until August 2005, when he resigned, James Comey loyally endorsed virtually every controversial and radical Bush...
Where Criticism Is Still an Art
Where Criticism is Still an Art [Counterpoints: 25 Years of The New Criterion on Culture and the Arts, edited by Roger Kimball and Hilton Kramer, Ivan R. Dee, 512 pages]By R.J. StoveTHIS BOOK TEMPTS a reviewer to turn his entire critique into a disclosure...