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. 20, No. 8, April 19

9-11: We Knew
For nearly two years, THE NEW AMERICAN has pointed out that Washington had detailed, specific advance warnings of the 9-11 attack--warnings that, if acted on, would have prevented the tragedy. (See our cover stories "Did We Know What Was Coming?" and...
CAFE Dives Up Costs
ITEM: The San Francisco Chronicle for March 10 quotes Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on federal efforts to improve automobile fuel efficiency: "I support updating CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards to 36 miles per gallon by 2015," he says in...
Encore-The Ready to Teach Act
Not content with reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act via the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA), the Bush Administration is now pushing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). As part of this effort, the House passed...
Freedom Trek: Fleeing the Soviet Gulag, Slavomir Rawicz and Six Comrades-Armed with Almost Nothing except an Insatiable Hunger for Freedom-Crossed an Entire Continent on Foot
One hundred and seventy million people, observes Dr. R.J. Rummel, were murdered by governments during the first eight decades of the 20th century. In his book Death by Government, Rummel writes: "The souls of this monstrous pile of dead have created...
Law of the Sea Treaty on Hold-For Now
In late February, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee quietly approved the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (also called the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST), which surrenders control over the world's oceans and the wealth therein to UN control....
Litigious Burglar
Louis Steponaitis, 55, of Torrington. Connecticut, is a retired teacher who has for many years bought, renovated and rented buildings to run-down areas of nearby Waterbury. In December 1998, burglars broke into a house Steponaitis was refurbishing...
No Child Left Unbrainwashed: Despite the Political Backlash from Several States, the Federal Government Continues to Push Its Nationalized Education Agenda
Federal aid to education is comparable to currying water in a leaky bucket from your own reservoir to a big central well. What is left of the water is poured into the well, and then those in charge apportion you some water in that same leaky bucket...
Playing Chicken with the Constitution: The NRA's Wayne LaPierre Proposes Using the Threat of a Constitutional Convention to Pressure Congress to Repeal the Anti-Free Speech Provisions in the McCain-Feingold Law
The clear language of the Constitution is often violated and circumvented by elected and appointed officials entrusted to honor and defend it. However, so long as the Constitution is kept intact as the highest law of the land, there is still realistic...
The Assault on Marriage: The God-Ordained Institution of Marriage Is a Fundamental Pillar of Ordered Liberty and Civilization. Will the Lavender Lobby Be Allowed to Destroy It?
When the American War for Independence came to an end at Yorktown, the British, stunned at their defeat, stacked arms while a band played "The World Turned Upside Down." At the time, the musical selection must have seemed particularly apt. After all,...
The Clarke Revelations
Few had heard the name Richard A. Clarke before his March 21 interview on Sixty Minutes, where he answered questions about his book, Against All Enemies, and defended its indictment of the Bush administration. That television appearance and the early...
The Fed Exists to Inflate
ITEM: The Dow Jones Newswire for March 17, headlined "February's Consumer Prices Show Tame Inflation," reported: "The growth of" U.S. consumer prices slowed last month as prices of energy and housing moderated, suggesting the global economic recovery...
The Kosovo Catastrophe
ITEM: "NATO secretary-general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has accused Kosovo Albanians of orchestrating violence against minority Serbs which drove thousands front their homes last week," reported the French AFP news service on March 23. The anti-Serb rampage,...
Thief Meets Her Match
The Pro-Cleaners & Rental dry cleaning establishment in Spanish Fork, Utah, had already been robbed numerous times this year when, shortly before 10 a.m. on March 9, another miscreant struck the beleaguered business. This time it was a 16-year-old...
UN Exploits Rwanda Genocide
"The international community is guilty of sins of omission," insisted UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on March 25 as he opened a UN "Memorial Conference on the Rwanda Genocide." Annan was head of UN peacekeeping operations in 1994, when the Hutu-dominated...
UN Oil-for-Food Program: Scams R Us: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and His Son Kojo Are at the Center of an Enormous Scandal Involving Saddam Hussein's $100 Billion Oil-for-Food Program
The June 30 deadline is rapidly approaching. On that date, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority will relinquish control of Iraq to the United Nations. Of course, tens of thousands of U.S. troops will remain in place to assist the global body...
Utah's Loose Cannon
Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah), who represents what may be the most Republican district in the nation, has emerged as a feckless apologist for the Bush administration's open borders agenda. He volubly supports the proposed Bush amnesty for illegal aliens,...