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. 24, No. 18, September 1

Deficit Grows Ever Larger
On July 28, White House Budget Director Jim Nussle announced that the expected deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 (it begins October 1, 2008) would be a whopping $482 billion. A record for red ink, the figure shatters the previous deficit of $413 billion...
Delegate Dilemmas and Duties: Although Today's Complex Nominating Process for Delegates to the Party Conventions Is Not What the Founders Envisioned, Delegates Still Have a Duty to Uphold the Constitution
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the recently concluded primary season reminded us, America's quadrennial presidential nominating process, from the earliest primaries to the national party conventions, has become little more than a political sporting event...
Gallant Graduate
At the conclusion of the 2007-2008 academic year, three graduating seniors at Madeira High School in Ohio were in a virtual three-way tie for having the highest grade point average. But Andrew Stoffel, with a 4.548 GPA, was .019 (19 thousandths of...
Gun Rights on Trial: The Supreme Court Ruling in District of Columbia V. Heller Struck Down a Prohibition against Handguns but Also Allowed for More Regulation of Guns
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A homeowner suddenly confronted by a knife-wielding intruder reaches desperately for a handgun with which to defend himself. But the firearm lies disassembled and unloaded in a drawer, useless. Before the homeowner can reassemble...
KAL Flight 007 Remembered: On September 1, 1983, a Soviet Fighter Jet Fired on Korean Airlines Flight 007. We Try to Resolve the Controversy over What Happened Next by Examining All Available Information
It has been 25 years since Korean Airlines Flight 007, carrying 269 passengers and crew, including Congressman Larry McDonald of Georgia, was fired on by a Soviet fighter jet off the coast of Siberia. At the time, McDonald was chairman of the John...
Olympic Committee Vaults over Censorship Controversy
"There has been no deal with China to censor the Internet," stated International Olympic Committee spokeswoman Giselle Davies according to Associated Press. The controversy began, AP reported on July 31, "when Kevan Gosper, the press commission head...
Overcoming His Handicap
After Tim Bird graduated from Boyceville High School in Wisconsin in 1986, he worked on his parents' family farm. Though Tim has Down syndrome, the farm provided ample opportunities for him to do fulfilling, productive work. However, when his parents,...
Protecting Their Castles
In the month of July, Jackson, Mississippi, saw two homeowners who shot burglars saved from potential charges by the so-called "castle doctrine," which allows someone to use deadly force to protect his property. In the most recent case, on July 17,...
Recreating Riots: A Group Known as Recreate '68 Is Planning Demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention That Could Recreate the Chaos of the 1968 Convention in Chicago
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1968. For nostalgic, aging radicals, that year is fondly remembered as b the zenith of their glory days, when their demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the American "system" reached a fever pitch, culminating in the...
Solzhenitsyn Passes Away
On August 3, the world lost Nobel Prize laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the conscience of the Cold War. Convicted in 1945 of criticizing Joseph Stalin's regime, Solzhenitsyn spent years in a Soviet prison camp, nearly succumbing to disease and other...
The Energy Blame Game
ITEM: According to CBS News for July 31: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said work on an energy bill was 'over until the fall,' all but ensuring that Congress will leave for the summer without addressing the issue of high gas prices. Speaking to...
Two for the Road
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Troy Howard, of Denver, North Carolina, may be 71, but the fact that he was a U.S. Marine in his youth is still evident. When his wife, Becky, woke him up at 3 a.m. on June 9 after hearing glass break--which he couldn't hear...
Would McCain Change Court? over the Last Century, Most Republican-Appointed Supreme Court Justices Have Not Worked to End Judicial Activism. Would McCain Buck the Trend with His Appointees?
What effect would a John McCain presidency have on the Supreme Court? That question is perhaps even more important this election year, since three or four Supreme Court justices are likely to retire during the next presidential term. Would McCain...