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. 7, No. 10, May 19

Deep Background
Seme officers at Hie Central Intelligence Agency are beginning te wonder if Director Michael Hoyden has had a Saul on the road to Damascus experience, possibly smitten by the voice of Dick Cheney while traversing the streets of McLean in his armored...
Don't Sweat the TSA
Has anyone noticed that the various "anti-terror" measures we see everywhere are just security theater--that is, utterly ineffective for their purported purpose and staged for political reasons? On Washington's subway, the PA system admonishes passengers...
Establishing Obama
In the wake of the controversy over his condescending remarks about small-town Americans at a San Francisco fundraiser in early April, Barack Obama lost the Pennsylvania primary by nine points, falling behind Hillary Clinton in the rural counties of...
Faith of Our Father
Faith of Our Father [Under Cod: George Washington and the Question of Church and State, Tara Ross 5 Joseph C. Smith Jr., Spence Publishing, 317 pages]THE MOST REFRESHING thing about Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State is...
Forum
I AM THE WALRASMany thanks to Nelson Hultberg for his cogent analysis, "The case for Recession" (April 21). Yet Hultberg made a grave error when he wrote that an economy tending toward equilibrium "exists only in textbooks." The scientific mathematics...
Full Metal Jacket
IN CONTRAST TO the manga-addicted Japanese, Americans don't like comic books much. Sales have been sluggish since the collapse of the speculator-driven collectible bubble in the early 1990s. The fundamental flaw of comic books is that by using pictures...
Gop Peaceniks
[ELECTION]Blizzards circle Hillary Clinton as we go to press. Her exiguous 51-49 percent win over Barack Obama in the May 6 Indiana primary-and blowout 42-56 loss in North Carolina-had the commentariat preparing her obituaries. "This nomination fight...
GOP Peaceniks
Buzzards circle Hillary Clinton as we go to press. Her exiguous 51-49 percent win over Barack Obama in the May 6 Indiana primary--and blowout 42-56 loss in North Carolina--had the commentariat preparing her obituaries. "This nomination fight is over,"...
Less Perfect Unions
The argument against same-sex marriage that hasn't been tried in the courtsHERE'S AN ETIQUETTE question for the new age: You are introduced to a couple and their little girl. The men are clean cut, early middle-aged. Their child is well behaved and,...
Less Perfect Unions: The Argument against Same-Sex Marriage That Hasn't Been Tried in the Courts
HERE'S AN ETIQUETTE question for the new age: You are introduced to a couple and their little girl. The men are clean cut, early middle-aged. Their child is well behaved and, by all appearances, well taken care of. Is it rude to ask the men how they...
Liberalism's World Wide Web
Liberalism's World Wide Web [Heads in the Sand: Horn the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats, Matthew Yglesias, Wiley, 272 pages]THE TYPICAL CITIZEN, Joseph Schumpeter once observed, drops to a lower level of...
McCain Missing in Action
IF JOHN MCCAIN wins the presidency, his comeback--after the bankrupt debacle his campaign had become in the summer of 2007 with his backing of the amnesty bill--will be the stuff of legend. And as nominee, he is entitled to conduct his own campaign...
Ode to Joy
Ode to Joy [Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, Eric G. Wilson, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 176 pages]IN A VILLAGE JUNK STORE in the Adirondacks, I recently found a 1950 jack-in-the-box sitting in its original paper carton. It was perfectly preserved...
The Next Fidel
[a red star is born]Venezuela's Hugo Chavez bids to revive revolutionary Marxism.VIEWED FROM THE SHANTY TOWNS that peer down on it from the surrounding hillsides, Caracas looks like a caricature Latin American capital, with too much North American influence...
The Next Fidel: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Bids to Revive Revolutionary Marxism
VIEWED FROM THE SHANTY TOWNS that peer down on it from the surrounding hillsides, Caracas looks like a caricature Latin American capital, with too much North American influence of the wrong kind and too little of the right kind. Here, spoiling a lovely...
The Road to Kuwait
Iraq War advocates overstate the difficulties of withdrawal.ANY DOUBTS about whether the United States should begin to withdraw completely from Iraq's multiple internal conflicts should have been dispelled by the recent testimony of Gen. David Petraeus...
The Road to Kuwait: Iraq War Advocates Overstate the Difficulties of Withdrawal
ANY DOUBTS about whether the United States should begin to withdraw completely from Iraq's multiple internal conflicts should have been dispelled by the recent testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the Iraqi government's...
The Wright Answer
The speech Obama should deliver-but won't.HOW DID AS SMOOTH an operator as Barack Obama so mishandle the roadblock he must have known stood between him and the White House: his intimate two-decade-long relationship with his far leftist minister, the...
The Wright Answer: The Speech Obama Should Deliver-But Won't
HOW DID AS SMOOTH an operator as Barack Obama so mishandle the roadblock he must have known stood between him and the White House: his intimate two-decade-long relationship with his far leftist minister, the erudite and articulate Rev. Dr. Jeremiah...
Turning on to J Street
A new lobby re-examines the special relationship.UPON LEAVING OFFICE in 2004, Democratic Sen. Ernest Rollings said what many of his colleagues surely felt: "You can't have an Israeli policy other than what AIPAC gives you around here." Jeremy Ben-Ami,...
Turning on to J Street: A New Lobby Re-Examines the Special Relationship
UPON LEAVING OFFICE in 2004, Democratic Sen. Ernest Hollings said what many of his colleagues surely felt: "You can't have an Israeli policy other than what AIPAC gives you around here." Jeremy Ben-Ami, the executive director of a new lobbying group,...
Unreality Check
America can't borrow its way back to solvency.AT THE END OF JANUARY, President Bush and Congress passed an economic stimulus plan, the central component of which is a scheme whereby the U.S. government borrows and distributes a minimum of $ 110 billion...
Unreality Check: America Can't Borrow Its Way Back to Solvency
AT THE END OF JANUARY, President Bush and Congress passed an economic stimulus plan, the central component of which is a scheme whereby the U.S. government borrows and distributes a minimum of $110 billion to low- and middle-income taxpayers, purportedly...
When the Left Was Right
The radicals of the '60s had another side: decentralist, anti-interventionist, and almost Kirkian.THE GHOSTS OF 1968 are haunting Barack Obama, which is tremendously unfair, I say as his coeval, given that our cohort spent the Chicago Democratic Convention...
When the Left Was Right: The Radicals of the '60S Had Another Side: Decentralist, Anti-Interventionist, and Almost Kirkian
THE GHOSTS OF 1968 are haunting Barack Obama, which is tremendously unfair, I say as his coeval, given that our cohort spent the Chicago Democratic Convention sticking baseball cards in our bicycle spokes rather than pelting Mayor Daley's finest with...