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. 22, November 17

A Long Train of Abuses
If there's one thing defenders of civil liberties know, it's that assaults on constitutional freedoms are bipartisan. Just as constitutional darkness didn't first fall with the arrival in the Oval Office of George W. Bush, the shroud will not lift...
Conservatives Follow the Leader
The relationship between the Bush administration and the conservative movement was hardly unexpected. Conservatives were disappointed when George W. Bush was nominated, since he is not a card-carrier. But when The Democrat arrived on the scene, pushing...
Deep Background
There is considerable debate about what the Bush Doctrine actually means, but it is generally accepted that the United States reserves the right to act unilaterally and pre-emptively against security threats. By extension, the U.S. military overseas...
Discounting Family Values
Traditional conservatives had grand hopes as the George W. Bush team rode into Washington. Unlike his father (alas, "Poppy" was puzzled by the little concerns of Middle Americans), the new president seemed able to speak their language without wincing...
Error by Trial
[The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Vincent Bugliosi, Vanguard Press, 352 pages] ALTHOUGH I WAS IMPLACABLY, on occasion almost violently, opposed to President George W. Bush's war in Iraq, I have never subscribed to the idea that he should...
Full Faith and Bad Credit
Until about six months ago, George W. Bush's presidency would have been deemed a failure primarily on account of the botched war in Iraq. Excepting a few prophetic naysayers, almost everyone agreed that the economy under Bush was modestly healthy,...
Gardnering at Night
How many of us share a hometown with our favorite writer? Anais Nin and Ayn Rand did, but I'm not talking about self-love. Since I wasn't born in West Point or Sauk Center or Baltimore or Henry County, I'm outta luck. But we play the hand we're dealt,...
He Fought the Wars and the Wars Won
What George W. Bush loved best about his job was being a war president. Playing war, that is, as opposed to making war like a grown-up. Remember him strutting onto that carrier in his little flight jacket? You never saw Eisenhower, a real general,...
Liberal Paradox
[The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command, James Kalb, ISI Books, 308 pages] JAMES KALB calls attention in his very thoughtful book to a disturbing development...
Marriage Proposition
Traditionalists won in California, but the tide may turn against them in the end.IN A CLIP PLAYED ENDLESSLY on their televisions this faU, Californians saw San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom swaying behind a podium at a pro-same-sex-marriage raUy. Biting...
Marriage Proposition: Traditionalists Won in California, but the Tide May Turn against Them in the End
IN A CLIP PLAYED ENDLESSLY on their televisions this fall, Californians saw San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom swaying behind a podium at a pro-same-sex-marriage rally. Biting his lip and lifting his hands into the air, Newsom announced in an emotive...
Oedipus Tex
[W.] GIVEN THE LIMITATIONS of Oliver Stone's biopic about George W. Bush (modest budget, rushed production, lack of memoirs by the officials who started the Iraq War, and Stone's own fading powers), "W." turns out better than expected. Anchored...
Representative Failure
Pelosi and Reid: the GOP's best hope for 2010.IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT that John McCain had won the presidency. Once the chills pass and the surf-music sounds of "Bomb, bomb Iran" fade, think about what this outcome would have required of the electorate....
Representative Failure: Pelosi and Reid: The GOP's Best Hope for 2010
IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT that John McCain had won the presidency. Once the chills pass and the surf-music sounds of "Bomb, bomb Iran" fade, think about what this outcome would have required of the electorate. An unpopular incumbent party with abysmal approval...
Saved by the Bell Curve
[Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality, Charles Murray, Crown Forum, 224 pages] MODERN SOCIAL THEORISTS have typically underrated the importance of a basic fact: individuals' abilities vary and there isn't...
The Right Lesson
Conservatives moved to the middle after Goldwater. That was a mistake.BARACK OBAMA'S VICTORY has left the Republican Party and its allies reeling, groping frantically for a path back to power. Lucidly, or not, the conservative establishment already has...
The Right Lesson: Conservatives Moved to the Middle after Goldwater. That Was a Mistake
BARACK OBAMA'S VICTORY has left the Republican Party and its allies reeling, groping frantically for a path back to power. Luckily, or not, the conservative establishment already has a handful of recently published critical works to guide its meditations....
Unreal Estate
How average Americans got caught in the mortgage racketMemorial Day Weekend, 2005"So, you kids have been engaged, what, two years now?" Travis asks. "That's great. No rush to get married with the market the way it is. Who can afford to settle down in...
Unreal Estate: How Average Americans Got Caught in the Mortgage Racket
Memorial Day Weekend, 2005 "So, you kids have been engaged, what, two years now?" Travis asks. "That's great. No rush to get married with the market the way it is. Who can afford to settle down in LA? I couldn't. George Clooney can't afford to get...
We Are All Socialists Now
During the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, John McCain was preoccupied with labeling his opponent a socialist who wanted to "spread the wealth around." But this strategy only compounded the incoherence of McCain's policies and mirrored...
When Elephants Forget
If the Republican Party "were a dog food," says Rep. Tom Davis, "they would take us off the shelf." Bush's approval is 25 percent. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. left office with ratings more than twice as high. But while John McCain and others have...