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. 22, No. 18, September 4

America for Sale: As Our Government Careens toward Bankruptcy, Americans Are Being Dispossessed by the Outsourcing of Industrial Jobs and the Buyout of Our Infrastructure by Foreign Interests
We begin with a parable: Driven to the streets after a run of relentless misfortune, a man took up station on a street corner holding a hand-lettered sign stating: "Will work for food." Most pedestrians and motorists passed the desperate man without...
A Tribute to Heroes: World Trade Center Takes Us Back to 9/11 to Remind Us of the Bravery and Heroism of the Police Officers, Firefighters, and Civilians Who Responded to the Attacks That Day
Every so often a book is written or a story is told or a film is made that is more than the sum of its parts. These stories carry within them a meaning that is far deeper and more meaningful than fiction alone can convey. They speak to the greater...
Blacklisting Americans on the Quota System
There are potentially serious consequences to being enrolled on a federal "watch list." Thus it is, to say the least, unsettling to know that "watch lists" compiled by the federal air marshals service are built on the quota system--meaning that the...
Con-Con Movement Returns: Some Proponents of a Federal Constitutional Amendment to Protect Traditional Marriage Are Considering Calling for a Dangerous Constitutional Convention to Accomplish Their Goal
They're baaack--those pesky advocates of a constitutional convention. Following defeat of a federal constitutional amendment in the U.S. Senate to define marriage exclusively as a union of one man and one woman, talk began to circulate favoring a constitutional...
Enviro-Marxists Join Forces with Latino Marxists
Earth Day Network (EDN), the militant environmental organization headed by Earth Day co-founder Denis Hayes, is joining with radical Hispanic groups to co-host a National Latino Congress on Public Policy and Political Participation, September 6-10,...
FBI as Extortion Racket?
In November of last year, 24-year-old Yassine Ouassif, a Moroccan-born legal U.S. resident, was given an ultimatum by the FBI: become a federal informant within his Muslim community in San Francisco, or else. According to the July 11 Wall Street Journal,...
Fourth Amendment Protections under Attack by "Conservatives"
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety," observed Benjamin Franklin, "deserve neither liberty nor safety." That sentiment, which animated our Founding Fathers, is almost never expressed today. Just the opposite...
Giant Pickles and Broken Borders
"Never follow an animal act or child act," TV legend Johnny Carson famously counseled. That sage advice from the king of late-night variety shows was weighing heavily on this reporter's mind nearly two decades ago as I sat in the "green room" waiting...
High and Dry: Big Government Causes Big Problems, and in Central Asia, Soviet-Style Big Government Destroyed the Aral Sea
The scene is nothing short of apocalyptic. A fleet of fishing vessels, seven or eight in all, lies immobile in the desert sands of central Asia. Most of the ships are in tight formation, seeming to jockey for position in the center of a curious channel...
Lieberman vs. Lamont: Ultra-Left vs. Ultra-Ultra-Left
Edward "Ned" Lamont's narrow defeat of veteran Senator Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democrat primary on August 8 is a major upset. However, aside from their disagreement over the Iraq War (Lamont opposes it, Lieberman supports it), there seem to...
Social Security Con Job
ITEM: "Democrats and their allies launched an ad campaign Thursday to warn voters about any new Republican effort to privatize Social Security," reported the Associated Press on August 3. Beginning in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ohio, the "ads are...
Something Not Quite Right
Authorities arrested Derrick Phillips for attempted first-degree murder when he shot two men in Tucson, Arizona, on April 25 of last year. He was incarcerated for 448 days. During that time, he "spent two birthdays in jail, saw his financial situation...
Sound Science & Common Sense: The Recent Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Conference Refuted Politically Driven Science and Provided Commonsense Ways to Deal with Both Real and Imagined Threats
The 24th Annual Conference of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) was held August 4-6 in Ed Hiserodt is the author of Under-Exposed: What If Radiation Is Really Good for You? Portland, Oregon, attracting its usual contingent of world-class scientists,...
Teenage Girl Demonstrates Courage
It was a tragic case of an inexperienced teen driving beyond her capabilities. Megan Pevehouse-Sharpe, 16, asked her friend, Brittany Thrower, also 16, if she could drive Brittany's car. She assured Brittany she could drive a stick shift and got Brittany's...
The Silent Pandemic: While Exotic Diseases like Bird Flu and SARS Get All the Attention, Malaria Is Still Killing Millions in Africa, despite the Fact That DDT Remains an Effective and Affordable Solution
A worldwide pandemic of staggering proportions is underway, killing many millions of people and sickening millions more. This pandemic is not the dreaded bird flu; it is not the frightful Ebola virus. The epidemic is malaria. According the Centers...
Young Patron: America's Storied General Began His Fighting Career in an Old West Shootout with Pancho Villa's Riders
It was May 14, 1916. A bold 31-year-old second lieutenant, George S. Patton, Jr., was scouting the Mexican countryside for maize for the U.S. Army, which was pursuing Pancho Villa in the Punitive Expedition. He returned from the mission to purchase...