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. 18, No. 7, April 8

A New "Hispanic Homeland"? (Insider Report)
University of New Mexico professor Charles Truxillo predicts that the current border between the U.S. and Mexico will be supplanted by a new political entity called "Republica del Norte." "Stretching from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, it would...
Another Great Train Robbery. (Correction, Please!)
ITEM: Senator Ernest Hollings, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced "legislation authorizing $4.6 billion a year for Amtrak as a first step toward a revitalized passenger rail system," reported the Washington Post for March 6th. "'It...
Bin Laden Doesn't Concern Bush?! (Insider Report)
"Mr. President' inquired a reporter during a September 17th press conference, "the Taliban apparently has refused to hand over Osama bin Laden.... Does this mean that the U.S. is prepared to move militarily?" To which the president replied: "All I...
Changing His Tune: Once a Fan of Rock 'N' Roll, Eric Holmberg Now Sees the Threat It Poses to American Culture. He Talked to the New American about His Efforts to Make These Dangers Known. (Cover Story: Music)
Interview of Eric Holmberg The three-video set Hells Bells 2: The Dangers of Rock 'n' Roll is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the phenomenon of rock 'n' roll music, and the devastating impact that it has had on...
Christmastime Break-In. (Exercising the Right)
James Edward Hill Jr., 31, is an employment counselor in Durham, North Carolina. He and his new bride were married in November of last year. Shortly after midnight on the day before Christmas, he heard an intruder attempting to break into their home....
Clinton Gets off Lightly. (the Last Word)
On March 6th, the Office of the Independent Counsel appointed to investigate Bill Clinton's involvement in the failed Whitewater enterprise filed a 237-page report barely mentioning either that real estate debacle or the Madison Savings and Loan bank...
Critter Control. (Exercising the Right)
On January 8th, a skunk wandered into the gymnasium of Anderson Elementary School in Grimes County, Texas. School officials called sheriff's deputies and animal control officers, hoping that they could get rid of the noxious critter, but when they...
Daniel Pearl: Slain KLA Debunker. (Insider Report)
The late Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl became a tragic celebrity when Pakistani terrorists abducted, murdered, and mutilated him. Some commentators have pointed out that Pearl, who held dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship, was regarded...
Fighting for the Family: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore Is Again Fighting for Biblical Principles, This Time to Prevent Homosexual Adoption from Destroying the Traditional Family. (Cultural Currents)
On February 15th, Alabama's Supreme Court released its decision in Exparte H.H., a controversial child custody case involving a couple who divorced in 1992 when they were living in Los Angeles. They were identified in the decision only by the initials...
Friends Indeed. (the Goodness of America)
On January 20th in Panama City, Florida, 14-year-old Josh Schulte was walking to the home of a friend, Brian Wasmer, when a large dog suddenly emerged from a ditch and attacked him. The 125-pound bull mastiff grabbed his forearm and bit down so hard...
Fruits of Russian Reform. (Letters to the Editor)
In response to the recent article by William F. Jasper on Vladimir Putin and the war in Chechnya ("Putin: Ally or Terrorist?" February 25th), I wish to congratulate THE NEW AMERICAN on continuing to speak the truth regarding the Soviet-Russian reform...
George W. Bush: Internationalist. (Insider Report)
President Bush's March 11th address, which marked the passing of six months from the Black Tuesday attacks, "seemed an attempt to reassure nations unsettled by the unilateralist tone of his State of the Union Address on January 29," observed the New...
Good Conscience. (the Goodness of America)
Jarvarious Jones and Oscar Carter, both 13, are 6th graders at Greco Middle School in north Tampa, Florida, The two friends were on their way to school on February 13th when they noticed a soiled paper bag in the street near their bus stop. Curious,...
Is It "Only Rock 'N' Roll"? Far from Being Just a Youthful Fad, Rock and Roll Music Is a Powerful Force for Subversive Cultural, Social, and Political Change. (Cover Story: Music)
Johann Sebastian Bach, arguably the greatest composer who ever lived, once said that "the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but...
Morality of Music: Because Music Primarily Communicates Emotions, Its Morality May Be Judged According to Whether the Feelings Conveyed Are Positive and Noble or Negative and Base. (Cover Story: Music)
It's often said that music is the universal language, a simple truism with many implications. Spoken languages use sets of agreed-upon symbols to express emotions and to reason abstractly. Communication through symbols, the quintessential human trait,...
New "Patriotic" Watchdog Group. (Insider Report)
Girding to battle those who hate "American ideals of freedom and equality' William Bennett unveiled his new organization, "Americans for Victory Over Terrorism" (AVOT) at a March 12th Washington press conference. Working in alliance with former CIA...
PETA's "Animal Lovers" Fund Eco-Terrorists. (Insider Report)
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has built a public image as a champion for the humane treatment of animals. It is, perhaps, best known for its anti-fur campaigns, in which its activists have taken a high profile, spray-painting and...
Putin: Prophet or Provocateur?; Did Putin and His KGB Comrades Arrange the 1999 Al-Qaeda Terrorist Attacks in Russia? If So, Is the KGB Also Complicit in Al-Qaeda's September 11th Attacks? (Russia)
In retrospect, the scenario seems chillingly prophetic. Imagine "ordinary New Yorkers or Washingtonians, asleep in their homes," wrote the author of a November 14, 1999 New York Times essay. "Then, in a flash, hundreds perish in explosions at the Watergate,...
Putin's Personality Cult: The Real Vladimir Putin -- Career KGB Officer and Figurehead for a Vast Criminal Collective -- Is Disguised by the Kremlin Myth of His Popularity as a Pro-Western National Hero of Russia. (Russia)
The common notion that Communism is dead badly needs clarification," insists ex-KGB major Victor Sheymov, who defected to the United States in 1980. "The important part here is the definition of Communism. It cannot be viewed simply as a political...
Skeptical Environmentalist Makes Greens See Red. (Correction, Please!)
ITEM: Bjorn Lomborg, author of a book called The Skeptical Environmentalist, claims "that the planet is in far healthier shape than most greens maintain." Lomborg's book has brought him "worldwide obloquy" by those greens, reports The Economist. He...