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. 21, No. 24, November 28

Alito and the Imperial Presidency: The New Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Samuel Alito, Has Supporters and Detractors on Both Sides of the Political Divide Because His Judicial Track Record Is Mixed
President Bush's October 31 nomination of appellate court Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court was regarded well by Washington, D.C., beltway conservatives, skeptically by constitutionalists, and conspiratorially...
An Unnecessary War
One by one, the rationales put forward by the Bush administration and its allies for the Iraq War have collapsed. Nasty as it was, Saddam's regime never posed a threat to the United States--as the Bush administration admitted in January 2001. No operational...
Finland as Global Socialist Model?
Following the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939, Finnish militiamen--some of them mounted on skis--fought a heroic and successful "Winter War" to evict the Red Army. Although Finland's government, in large measure owing to geography, was officially...
Firefighters Help Burned Kids
Anthony Leiton and Jim Peglow are members of the Neenah-Menasha (Wisconsin) Fire Rescue team. Though firefighting and prevention have their own rewards, one of the most satisfying activities the two have participated in has been serving as counselors...
From Debt to Dispossession: After Abetting an Unprecedented Growth in Both Government and Consumer Debt, the Federal Reserve May Be Preparing to Reduce the Middle Class to Utter Serfdom
They came before dawn on Friday morning, gathering in cities and towns across the nation in lines that snaked down city blocks. These anxious people weren't queueing up for tickets to see Coldplay or Big & Rich; instead, they were seeking to file...
FTAA Stalls at Summit of the Americas
President Bush and the leaders of 33 nations met for two days at the fourth Summit of the Americas in Argentina, but the conference ended on November 5 without any significant progress toward agreement on the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas...
Hissing Housing Bubble
William H. Gross is chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO), the world's largest bond-fund manager, with $513 billion in assets. In an interview published in the October 26 Business Week, Gross observed: "Housing is the...
Homogenizing Homosexuality: Using Techniques That Allow a Tiny Minority to Gain Power over a Complacent Majority, Homosexual Activists Are Leading Massachusetts (and America) Down into a Moral Abyss
The homosexual lobby once argued that state anti-sodomy laws across the nation should be repealed, on the basis that the state should not interfere "in the privacy of the bedroom." But since their 2003 Lawrence v. Texas victory striking down state...
I Am the Law
"Our country is at war, and our government has the obligation to protect the American people," stated President Bush when asked by reporters in Panama about allegations that the CIA is using KGB facilities in eastern Europe as torture chambers. "We...
Minimum Wage, Maximum Absurdity
ITEM: The CNN/Money website for October 25 reported: "Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott said he's urging Congress to consider raising the minimum wage so that Wal-Mart customers don't have to struggle paycheck to paycheck. Scott told Wal-Mart directors and executives...
Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Hero: The Story of Sergeant William Jasper Is a Reminder That Ordinary Men of Extraordinary Courage Can Shape History and Inspire Generations
The struggle for nationhood and political liberty often produces heroes of legendary status. History records the deeds of major political and military leaders, forever linking a nation's identity with grand figures and personalities. Successive generations...
Paris Aflame: Preview of America's Future?
Radical Islam has engulfed France. Paris is burning. Australian authorities have collared a terror cell. Months ago, bomb attacks hit London. In 2004, it was Madrid. All these events have something in common, and it isn't just a link to what the...
Protecting Gun Makers from Lawsuits: Although the New Legislation Signed by President Bush to Protect Gun Makers from Frivolous Lawsuits Was Well-Intended, It Was Poorly Implemented
Last month, President Bush signed into law legislation that protects gun manufacturers from frivolous product liability lawsuits, usually filed by victims of crime or by their families. The law is designed to circumvent suits that are filed against...
Shortstop Makes Outstanding "Catch"
Nomar Garciaparra is known to the fans in Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs shortstop who wears number 5. He has a lifetime batting average of .320 and like most Major League Baseball players is well paid, earning $8,250,000 in 2005. From 1996 through...
Terror, Lies & Memos: Recently Uncovered FBI Documents Expose Official Lies and Complicity in One of Our Nation's Most Deadly Terror Attacks
Several months after his brother's death, Jesse Trentadue received an anonymous telephone call. The caller claimed to work in the federal prison facility in Oklahoma City where Trentadue's brother, Kenny Trentadue, had died under very troubling circumstances....
The Demise of Social Security Reform
ITEM: Discussing the collapse of Social Security reform, USA Today commented: "Just one year after Bill Clinton introduced his health care overhaul in 1993, the plan collapsed. It took only eight months for the same to happen to President Bush's proposal...
The Truth Will Out: An Attorney's Decade-Long Search for Justice in His Brother's Murder Finally Yields Fruit-And Breaks through a Mass of Lies and Coverup the OKC Bombing
On the grounds of Oklahoma City's Will Rogers International Airport stands an imposing high-security prison facility known as the Federal Transfer Center (FTC). On the morning of August 21, 1995, Kenneth Michael Trentadue died there in cell A-709....