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. 40, No. 1, February

Barroom Reflections
WASHINGTONIT SUPPOSE IT WILL BE considered highly oufre for me to say it. hut I shall say it anyway. The President spoke quite well at his press conference shortly before Christmas, and was very gentlemanly when he caught one of the journalists interrogating...
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Breakfast of Christians
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFASTS are an American invention that has not always transplanted successfully to other countries. While all presidents since Eisenhower have dutifully attended the Washington NPB, along with massive turnouts of senators, congressmen,...
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Current Wisdom
EsquireA rude book by Dinesh D'Souza brings testosterone to a boil in this great literary journal's executive editor, Mark Warren, a recent émigré from the blogosphere where fantasies of masculinity mix with delusions of heroism in the troubled minds...
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Eastwoodian Aftermaths
Here beginneth a new-well, at least somewhat newcolumn called Conservative Tastes, It seemed both to me and to the editors that simply wading through the stream ofdreck as it issues from Hollywood's outfall every month grows ever less edifying and less...
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Faith of Our Fathers
Part I of a special three-part series, "The Christian History of the Constitution," which examines the eradication of religious values from American life since our country's founding.AMONG HIS OTHER ODD DISTINCTIONS, Jean Jacques Rousseau might be considered...
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Farewell to All That
ON HIS DEATH at the turn of the year. Guraid Ford was appropriately praised for his many good deeds, not least the easy dignity he brought to the presidency upon assuming it. HOWCVLT. I never much cared for his comment, "Our long national nightmare is...
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It's Not Over
THE AGE OF REAGANOMICS, proclaimed Chuck Schumer, and the philosophy that Ronald Reagan brought to Washington, is over at last.Well, Senator, it ain't over, and won't be for the longest time. And anyway, as glib a politician as you may be. you really...
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Jeane Kirkpatrick, RIP
WASHINGTONIT WAS AT JEANE KiRKPATRifK's FUNERAL on December 11 that I finally heard of some good achieved by the United Nations midst all its dithering and graft. According to Jeane's pastor, during her momentous tenure as our UN ambassador Jeane was...
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Keeping the Faith
Evangelicals remain wary of the Democrats' overtures.DURING THE CLOSING WEEKS of the 2006 election, the mainstream media expected Democrats to win a larger share of the evangelical Christian vote than they did in 2004. Pundits credited aggressive Democratic...
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Live and in Control
Live and In Control Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler (KNOPF, 851 PAGES, $35)WALT DISNEY HAD MUCH IN COMMON with six of Snow White's dwarfs.Like Doc, the boss of the little miners who checked the authenticity of the...
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Mad about "You"
I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED. More excited than usual. because I've just had three colas and a chocolate bar. It was a Milky Way, which in England, is actually a Three Musketeers. Despite being duped intu this charade, I still eat it, for it is my dinner and...
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On the Prowl
Fish MongerSome House Democrats were thrown by revelations that new House Hostess Nancy Pelosi has helped cut a deal that allowed a company she counts as a constituent to avoid the newly escalated minimum wage.StarKist Tuna, owned by the Del Monte Food...
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Stories from the Desert
TUESDAYHERE I AM OUT AT OUR HOUSE at Morningside Country Club in Rancho Mirage. It's late October and perfect weather. Balmy breezes, a few fleecy clouds, temps in the low 80s, no humidity. The staff has just "scalped" and rese-eded the golf course and...
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Taxing Hazards Ahead
AS THE NEW CONGRESS CONVESS, an obvious hazard faces us. We have to go back to 1989, when George Bush's father was president, to find a comparable state of affairs. The danger today is this. The Democrats and their allies in the press will actually be...
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Terms of Enrichment
Terms of EnrichmentSO GO OUT AND BUY THIS BOOK. Read it and stick little colored Post-its in among the important pages. Then go out among your friends who still have "Kerry for President" stickers on their Volvos well armed for the two years of struggle...
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The Cash-In Club
THE DEATH OF GERALD FORD has put the issue of what to do with our former presidents front and center. Greater longevity means we are likely to have more of them hanging around. From Rill Clinton's retirement in 2001 to 2004, when Ronald Reagan died,...
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The Continuing Crisis
December passed into history sunning itself luxuriantly, at least for the denizens of America's east coast. In Washington. D.C.. it was among the ten warmest Decembers on record. Supreme Court Justices were seen entering their chambers wearing Hawaiian...
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The Immigration Trap
The issue that could send Hilary to the White House.WHEN HILLARY CLINTON'S HUSBAND was elected president in 1992 with just 43 percent of the popular vote, many analysts believed that he owed his victory to the nutty Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot, who...
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The Man Who Wasn't There
The Man Who Wasn't ThereI'VE OFTEN THOUGHT that the heavyweight champions form a sporting analogue to the presidents of the United States: great soloists pursuing the ultimate prize of authority and power over other men, yet often finding the throne...
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The Nation-State and Democracy
One can't go without the other, one reason why the United States, a nation-state par excellence, and Europe, which has taken on an undemocratic, transnational coloring, are no longer on the same page-but also why Iraq, which is not a nation-state, won't...
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Tit for Tet
AS THE ENEMY IN IRAQ ROOTING for the Democrats to take over Congress? It's an inflammatory question, hut Thomas Friedman of the New York Times seemed to think the answer was yes. In a remarkable column that appeared three weeks bui'ore the election,...
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Venice, Again
Venice, Again The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt (THE PENGUIN PRESS, 415 PAGES, $25,95)THE WRITER who takes on Venice is either brave or foolhardy. The beauteous Serenissma, Bride of the Adriatic, has been praised, palpated, dissected, and de-scribed...
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Which Way for Evangelicals?
EVEN SOPHISTICATED POLITICAL ANALYSTS tend tu dismiss religious conservatives as if they were some kind of joke. After all, some of their most prominent leaders, such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, are senior citizens given to eccentric pronouncements....
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Words and Deeds: A Response to Norman Podhoretz
NORMAN PODHORETZ, on whom President George W. Bush had bestowed the nation's highest civilian award, tried in these pages to show how "the Ideals That Made America Great Provide a Model for the World" by arguing that Bush's 2005 Second Inaugural was...
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Wrongly Mistaking China
WHEN YOGI BERRA, THE LEGENDARY CLARIFIER, warned us not to make the wrong mistake, he could have been talking about China.Throughout their history, Americans have embraced Big Ideas such us the Monroe Doctrine in the 19th century, "Imperialism of Righteousness"...
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