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. 4, February 23

A Mockery of Black Heritage
On January 20, the Postal Service issued the latest stamp in its Black Heritage series. The new stamp honors identified Communist Party member Paul Robeson. Americans of African ancestry, like all Americans, should be outraged by this insulting elevation...
Brave Scout
Shortly after midnight on December 30, 2003, a fire ignited in Joni Wedekamm's two-story Parkersburg, West Virginia, residence. Mrs. Wedekamm and two of her three daughters (ages 11 and one) were asleep upstairs, and the oldest daughter, age 13, was...
Convergence and Corporatism in the Cosmos
President Bush's call for a renewal of the all-but-moribund space program received a less than enthusiastic response from the public at large. As deficits mount and households tighten their belts, relatively few Americans are eager to be touched up...
Dog Triggers Deadly Dispute
In Ault, Colorado, on November 2, 2003, a feud between neighbors about a barking dog turned deadly. It began when someone used a pellet gun to shoot and seriously wound Mojo, a miniature pinscher owned by Richard and Diane Hammock. Because a neighbor,...
Doing His Duty
On September 5, 2002, Rodger Parker was on the way home after his day's work as a letter carrier in suburban Memphis, Tennessee, when he became stuck in late-afternoon traffic. Glancing in the rearview mirror, he noticed a pickup truck approaching...
Gas Taxes Fuel Spending
ITEM: The Asbury Park Press (N.J.) for January 12 reported that there was a push for more gas taxes, saying, "Road conditions are so bad that Congress is considering raising the 18.4-cent federal gasoline tax by 8 cents." The article also maintained:...
Hero on Horseback: Modern Cynics Downplay Paul Revere's Accomplishments, but He Deserves Ample Credit for His Famous Midnight Ride and His Many Other Contributions to the Cause of Liberty
Shortly after passing the Charlestown neck, the narrow base of a peninsula jutting out into Boston harbor, the 40 year-old messenger on horseback spotted two mounted men through the darkness. They were hiding under a tree just up the road. As the rider...
Into the Matrix
Before resigning as Utah governor to become head of the Environmental Protection Agency, liberal Republican Michael Leavitt signed up Utah's 2.4 million residents for a pilot program called MATRIX (Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange). That...
Iraq a Preview of U.S. Future?
In occupied Iraq, reported the January 26 Washington Times, "U.S. led coalition authorities have barred the media from promoting any kind of violence, but there is a hot market in the bazaars of central Iraq for cassettes by singers calling for insurrection."...
Iraq War Empowers the United Nations
ITEM: In his January 20 State of the Union address, President Bush candidly described the Iraq War as a mission to bolster the United Nations: "Since we last met in this chamber, combat forces of the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Poland...
Judges & Double Standards
ITEM: Peter Jennings, on ABC's "World News Tonight on January 16, said, "President Bush has unilaterally appointed a controversial judge to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats are very angry that Mr. Bush installed Charles Pickering. He's...
No WMDs in Iraq? Why It Matters: The Bush Administration Insisted That We Must Go to War Because Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Posed an Imminent Threat. Surprise! It Was Really a War to Strengthen the UN
David Kay's disclosures touched off a firestorm. After retiring on January 23 as the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, Dr. Kay reported that not only did his teams fail to discover any weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) but that he now believes...
Powell's Flip-Flops on WMDs
Soon after becoming secretary of state, Colin Powell said that Iraq did not directly threaten the U.S. He later claimed Saddam's arsenals were bulging with WMDs that threatened the U.S. Now, after Dr. David Kay's recent disclosures, he has flip-flopped...
The Implied 9-11-Iraq Connection
In their public statements, President Bush and other administration officials repeatedly juxtaposed references to the September 11 terrorist attacks to those of Saddam Hussein, thereby planting the idea of u September 11-Iraq link without actually...
The Meaning of "Imminent"
If David Kay is right in saying that there were no WMDs in Iraq last year, then the Iraqi threat could not have been imminent. Ah, but President Bush never claimed the threat was imminent, according to White House spokesman Scott McClellan! Question:...
"The Nation-State Is Finished": Robert Bartley, a Closet One-Worlder at the WSJ, Used His Newspaper's "Conservative" Clout to Seduce American Business Leaders into Sacrificing U.S. Sovereignty for Trade
"What in blazes can President Bush be thinking?" That has been the general response--on talk radio and in media surveys, Internet postings and letters-to-the-editor--of many current and former Bush supporters angered and confused by the president's...
The Real Objective: Empowering the UN
President Bush sent American troops into Iraq for the stated purpose of enforcing UN Security Council resolutions to disarm Iraq of its reputed WMDs. His intent was to strengthen the UN by making sure its words had meaning. "All the world now faces...
The Redefined WMD Threat
Prior to going to war against Iraq, President Bush and other administration officials charged not only that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction but that the threat was immense. "In one place--in one regime--we find all these dangers,...
Utah House Passes Resolution to Get the U.S. out of the UN
The Utah House of Representatives passed a joint resolution on February 2 urging Congress to consider withdrawing U.S. membership from the United Nations. The passage of H.J.R. 3 by a vote of 42 to 33 was a personal victory for the resolution's sponsor,...
War Party's Ministry of Truth: The Woodrow Wilson Administration Pioneered Using the Media to Cultivate Uncritical Loyalty, a Technique Being Emulated by "Conservative" Media Organs under President Bush
One-party totalitarian states are typically built on a cult of personality woven around the Dear Leader. This benevolent ruler is depicted in official iconography as a pillar of rectitude--a selfless, determined figure whose leadership is all that...