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. 23, No. 22, October 29

Arkansas Couple Proud Parents of 17!
It has been said that only upon becoming a parent do we really appreciate the many sacrifices our own parents made for us. It has also been said that love does not divide but multiplies. By those standards, the seventeen children of Jim Bob & Michelle...
G.I.S Support Ron Paul's "Bring Them Home" Message
For his opposition to the Iraq War and his insistence on bringing our troops home, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has had to endure charges by his political and media opponents that he is unpatriotic, soft on national security,...
Heavy Second Dose of HillaryCare
ITEM: Bloomberg News reported on September 23: "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called overhauling the U.S. health-insurance system a 'moral imperative' and said that raising taxes on the wealthy along with cost savings would be enough...
Living under Surveillance: To Put It Bluntly, the Technology That Enables the Surveillance State Is Here to Stay. Now, How Do We Keep It from Controlling Us?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We live in a surveillance society. It is pointless to talk about surveillance society in the future tense. In all the rich countries of the world everyday life is suffused with surveillance encounters, not merely from dawn...
Not Accepting Student Failure: Today, Entrenched Bureaucracies and Various Activist Groups Defend the Status Quo in America's Schools, Preventing Any Problems from Being Solved
For a brief period in January, the Internet and talk shows were abuzz with chattel" about public schools: "Did Oprah Winfrey really imply that students aren't learning because they don't want to learn", "Is it true Oprah is building a $40 million school...
Pushing War with Iran: Ramped-Up Rhetoric Favoring a Pre-Emptive Strike Points to a Coordinated Campaign by the Bush Administration and Neoconservative War Hawks
"Bush Warns of a Nuclear Armed Iran," blared the headline of an Associated Press report on the president's October 3, 2007 speech before the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Do the increasingly strident statements...
Taking Delight in Deception: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Admits Deception, but Big Media Embraces His "Purposeful Obfuscation" and Continues Gushing Adoration
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan lives a charmed life. Besides pulling down an $8.5 million advance on his memoir, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World (topped only by Bill Clinton's $10 million advance),...
Taking the Country to War
When the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they wisely recognized that the power to go to war must never be entrusted to a single individual. They instead assigned the power "to declare war" to the Congress alone. They recognized the mischief...
The Award No One Wants: Earned through Pain, Suffering, and Even Death, the Purple Heart Is Awarded to Those Who Have Been Wounded or Killed While Serving Their Country in the Armed Forces
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is known informally as "the award no one wants" because it is earned through pain and suffering, sometimes death. It is also the award everybody respects and is highly prized by all who receive it. It honors what novelist...
To Protect America, Protect Privacy: With President Bush Seeking to Extend the "Protect America Act" Indefinitely, It Is Time to Examine How Making This Legislation Permanent Would Affect Our Right to Privacy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On September 19, President Bush, in a carefully orchestrated media event obviously designed to promote his legislative agenda, addressed members of the press at the Threat Operations Center of the National Security Agency...