The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 4, May

A Question of Competence
TO ANY POLITICIAN- especially a president- the most damaging criticism, at least apart from a seamy ethical problem, is incompetence. People just like to think those they elect are capable of getting the job done, and if they cannot, they're unlikely...
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Clubbing the Moderates
Have conservative primary challengers shrunk the GOP?HUNTING "RINOS" HAS BECOME a favorite conservative pastime. But as the party struggles to avoid a 60-seat Democratic majority in the Senate, shutting off filibusters and meaningful debate on reams...
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Current Wisdom
American ProspectAn apparently humorless AmPro intellectualoid catalogues specimens of what very well might qualify as the magazine's ideal mums:A mother tells her child that Haagen Dazs is a special medicine for mommies because she doesn't want to share....
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Daughter Boom
YOU GUYS HAVE YOUR GUY THING," my sister often says, "I'm always out of it." She means that, in our male-heavy family- four boys and lonely herthe men tend to stick together. Not that there was much choice. My father's sister also had four boys and one...
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Escaping Ideology
ALL ART IS TO SOME EXTENT PROPAGANDA," claimed George Orwell, a view that was the corollary of his socialist belief that all human relationships had a political dimension. Though he himself was a robust conservative about some thingspatriotism, for example-he...
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For Crying out Loud
THURSDAYHERE I AM UP IN THE AIR HIGH above California. I am in a tiny little Embraer regional aircraft flown by American Eagle. In the row ahead of me is a woman with a small child who is crying as if the devil was coming after her. But I mean really,...
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Free Speech in Europe
IT IS PROBABLY WELL KNOWN to our readers that the British government, on the advice of Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, recently prevented Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, from visiting Britain, to which country he had been invited in...
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Gold Star Movie
THROUGHOUT GEORGE W. BUSH'S SECOND TERM, journalists puzzled over why, even after opinion polls showed Americans to have soured on the Iraq war, no serious antiwar movement emerged. More recently, journalists have puzzled over why movies about the Iraq...
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Greenpeace Un-Moored
WHO IS PATRICK MOORE, and why do so many environmentalists hate him?Moore has been denounced as an "ecoJudas" and a shill for the timber and nuclear industries by prominent Canadian green activist David Suzuki. He is "a turncoat who supports many of...
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It's Up to Us
WHEN ASKED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE Spectator's ongoing "Freedom Watch," series, I welcomed the opportunity, as I don't think those of us involved in the political scene spend enough time talking about freedom, beyond the sound bites and rallies and speeches...
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Killing Time
IT ISN'T NEWSPAPERS ALONE that seem dazed by the challenge of just staying alive amid the ruins left by technological revolution. A less-noticed casualty is the venerable newsmagazine-70 or 80 pages each week of allegedly discerning interpretation and...
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Missing Bill
WASHINGTONOUR nation's capital is filling with nouveau New Dealers, social engineers, men and women with a glint in the eye. All are anticipating the orgies. There is a stimulus bill of $787 billion, an appropriation bill of $410 billion, a housing bailout...
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Obama's Assault on the Middle Class
IN A BARE, CANDID MOMENT during last year's campaign, Barack Obama said,We can't drive our SUVs, and eat whatever we want, and keep our homes at 72 all the time, whether we live in the desert or the tundra, and keep consuming 25% of the world's resources...
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On the Prowl
Doddering DoddSenate Democratic leadership sources say that there are already internal discussions between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and some members of his inner circle about how to handle Sen. Chris Dodd and the growing concern that his personal...
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Population, Economy, and God
WORLD POPULATION, ONCE "EXPLODING," is still V increasing and "momentum" ensures that it will do so for decades to Come. But fertility rates have tumbled. In Europe every country has fallen below replacement level. Some governments, especially France's,...
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Progress Thwarted
WASHINGTONVINDICATION IS SWEET! During last summer's Olympics, I wrote in this space that the hightech swimming suits worn by competitive swimmers in the events and manufactured by Speedo with the assistance of NASA scientists were irrelevant to sport...
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Screen Savorer
POLITICO.COM OPENED A rich vein of controversy in March when it reported that "President Obama doesn't go anywhere without his teleprompter.... No other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small." Indeed, I have learned...
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Secretary Loophole
From his unprecedented power grabs to his personal income taxes, Timothy Geithner has made a career of bending the rules and threading the needle.WHEN TIMOTHY GEITHNER worked at the International Monetary Fund, he managed a feat that probably very few...
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The Continuing Crisis
The first March of the Age of Obama has passed, and with it another Obama innovation in government is confirmed. The federal government is now using the congressional confirmation process, rather than the Internal Revenue Service, to catch tax cheats,...
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The Fed Fails Upward
Thanks to Washington's growing regulatory mood, the Federal Reserve is about to be handed unprecedented controls over the market functions of the American economy.LET'S UNDERSTAND SOMETHING. Increasing regulation, and spreading it over the rest of the...
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The National Socialism of Obamanomics
It's been tried before and found ruinous.IT IS COMMONPLACE TODAY to believe we should referto the benign innovations of John Maynard Keynes during the Great Depression in order to understand what is driving President Obama's team of economic strategists....
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They Shoot Cats, Don't They?
Recollecting the time Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes actually apologized.WE WERE TOLD IT WAS THE first time Mike Wallace had ever apologized to an elected official on air on 60 Minutes. For all I know, it still might be the only time. And 15 years later,...
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Welcome to Beeson
QUIRKY PHILANTHROPY AND REFORM THEOLOGY seem unlikely bedfellows, but between them they have created one of the newest and most interesting schools of divinity in the United States. Welcome to Beeson, an increasingly admired evangelical but ecumenical...
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