The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 13, June 27

Braddock's Inspiring Triumph: When Americans Had Been Knocked Flat by the Depression, the Improbable Triumph of Underdog Heavyweight James J. Braddock, the Cinderella Man, Offered Our Nation Hope
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau," announced Yale economist Irving Fisher on October 17, 1929. Less than two weeks later, the stock market crashed, wiping out a then-unheard-of $40 billion in wealth. Among the millions...
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Bush Backers Admit: CAFTA Not a Free Trade Pact
In a May 31 White House press conference, President Bush declared that there is a "geopolitical, as well as economic, concern for CAFtA"--specifically, the need to "support young democracies [in the region]. And that's going to be important." Implicit...
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Doctors Bring Hope to Indonesian Girl
Eight-year-old Mawarni Zega, from the village of Hilisebua on Nias Island, Indonesia, is the youngest of 10 children. Mawarni's father is a rubber tree farmer. Mawarni was born with a birth defect called an encephalocele--basically, a hole in her skull...
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From One Wolf to Another
James D. Wolfensohn stepped down as president of the World Bank on May 31, after having held that post for 10 years. He has passed the World Bank baton to Paul Wolfowitz, a longtime Washington Insider whose most recent stint has been as deputy secretary...
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Full of Beans
ITEM: "Suddenly," reported The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.) for May 23, "biodiesel is not only cost competitive, it has a slight edge over regular diesel fuel. This is welcome news on several fronts. Motorists benefit in the pocketbook by cutting down...
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Republican Presidents More Harmful: A Republican President Can Often Enact a More Liberal Agenda Than a Democrat Could Because Many Republicans in Congress Are More Loyal to Party Than to Principle
Over the past few generations, congressional Democrats could customarily be relied upon to promote a liberal agenda while their Republican counterparts developed the reputation of being stalwart opponents of our nation's slide into big government and...
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"Solving" the Recruitment Problem
At the end of April, reported the Financial Times for May 31, "the Army had attracted only 35,926 soldiers toward its goal of 80,000 for the year ending in October. Figures for reserves were even worse: 7,283 towards the target of 22,175." Major...
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Their Sacred Honor: Every Signer of the Declaration of Independence Pledged His Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor. Many Sacrificed Greatly to Fulfill This Oath. If Their Legacy Is to Live on, We Must Do the Same
Caesar Rodney was weary when he reached his plantation near Dover on the night of July 1, 1776. An outspoken advocate of American independence. Rodney was exhausted from many months of battling Delaware's Tories while building up and drilling the colony's...
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"Three-Fifths of a Man"
ITEM: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's remarks at the Community of Democracies Opening Plenary in Santiago, Chile, were posted by the State Department and carried worldwide. In discussing the "democratization" process Rice said: "For nearly a...
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"Trade" and Foreign Aid
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) describes its mission as "advanc[ing] economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries" through the "strategic use of foreign assistance funds"--that is, foreign...
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UN as a Providential Instrument?
"With the rekindling of his Christian faith, President Bush clearly sees the purpose of the United States and its global mission through the United Nations," commented former State Department official Patrick Mendis in the June 1 Washington Times....
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Utah Bucks "No Child Left Behind": Utah Has Passed Legislation to Maintain Its Constitutional Primacy over the Federal Government in the Education of That State's Children
For more than 50 years, the federal government's control over education in this country has grown by leaps and bounds, virtually unchecked. The passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2001 was the most sweeping federal encroachment on education...
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Voters Reject EU Constitution: The European Union's Governing Elite Are Stunned by French and Dutch Voters' Rejection of the EU Constitution, but Refuse to Give Up Their Globalist Schemes
First, the French voters shouted a defiant "NON!" Then the Dutch yelled "NEE!" And now the Brits are lined up to roar a resounding "NO !" The ruling classes of the European Union--the politicians, the media commentators and editors, the academicians,...
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Watergate & the Weather Underground: Former FBI Second-in-Command Mark Felt, Aka Watergate's "Deep Throat," Was an Opponent of Both Presidential Corruption and Domestic Terrorism
According to talk radio ranter Michael Savage, 91-year-old former FBI second-in-command Mark Felt, fleshly revealed as the Watergate whistleblower known as "Deep Throat," should be thrown in prison, along with his daughter Joan. During his June 1 program,...
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