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. 29, No. 2, January 21

Benghazi Report Ignores White House Lies and Gunrunning
As analysts widely suspected prior to its release, the official report by the U.S. government's Accountability Review Board about the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, ignored the most explosive "BenghaziGate" scandals: the Obama administration's...
Bureaucrats "Giddy" with "Newly Minted Power": It Has Been Rightly Said That "Power Corrupts," an Axiom That Is Reinforced Again and Again as the Federal Government Controls More Aspects of Our Lives without Oversight
Black-clad federal SWAT teams could soon be descending upon your farm, ranch, home, school, or place of business. Case in point: Iowa farms. On November 29, 2012, Chuck Gipp, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told a budget...
Danger: Federal "Regulatory Cliff" Ahead: The U.S. Government Says That in the Last 90 Days, It Instituted Nearly 6,000 New Rules, with Loads More to Come. If Its Plans Remain Unchecked, We'll Face Another Economic "Cliff."
The "fiscal cliff" was the subject of daily headlines and fierce debates. But what about the "regulatory cliff"? Is the Obama administration unleashing a pre-planned tsunami of post-election regulations that would--if allowed to take effect--sweep...
From Arab Spring to Arab Fall
It was September 11.2012 when the attack in Benghazi occurred. There should at very least have been warnings that there might be trouble on the anniversary of the deadly 9/11 assault visited on New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon. It was hardly...
Gun-Free Zones Called "Magnets for Mass Shooters"
Gun-free zones are invitations to mass murder, gun-rights advocates argued after a lone gunman's shooting rampage on December 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, left 20 children and six adults dead. John Lott. author of...
Guns and Killing
How can we prevent recurrence of citizen slaughter such: as that at Sandy Hook Elementary? We can't. A mentally ill perpetrator could use any of many options for mass indiscriminate killing. In this instance firearms were used. Rapid fire, large-capacity...
Hands off the Harley!
The Wichita Eagle reported that a rural homeowner in Sumner County, Kansas, confronted an intruder in his garage. Chris Streif was awakened early on December 12 by a noise coming from the garage, but went back to sleep after everything seemed fine....
How the Compact for America Threatens the Constitution: The Constitutional Convention Proposed by the Compact for America Initiative Would Pose an Unacceptably High Risk of Damage to the Constitution
July 4, 2013. Chartered planes carrying delegates from all 50 states touch down in Dallas, Texas. Thirty-eight states are being represented by their governors with the remaining states represented by one to three state-appointed delegates. These delegates...
In U.K., Freedom of Speech and Press Hang in the Balance
The United Kingdom has been viewed as a beacon for free expression when compared to much of the rest of the world. Today, however, the right to freely express oneself in the U.K. is increasingly 'under threat, as exemplified by hundreds of bizarre...
Judqe Finds Two Presidents Guilty: Political Commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano's New Book Explains How Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Led the Charge in Undermining the Constitution
Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012, 298 pages, hardcover. Americans have always believed, more or less, in freedom, but liberty must have...
More of America's National Debt Being Bought by Foreign Governments
On December 17, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that China and Japan had increased their purchases of U.S. government securities. Foreign holdings rose to $5.5 trillion in October, or about one-third of the country's $16 trillion national debt....
NRA's Response to Sandy Hook: Federally Funded Police in Schools
One week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association broke its self-imposed silence to comment on the tragedy. "Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known,...
"One Right by His Ear"
An elderly man from Apple Valley, California, was forced to use a firearm to defend his property on the night of December 6. The senior citizen, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Daily Press that he owns a few rental properties in the area....
Robert R. McCormick: Champion of Freedom and Noninterventionism: Not Long Ago, the Head of One of Chicago's Largest Newspapers Not Only Counselled against Supersized, Warmongering Government, but Fought for the "Little Guy."
The man addressing the Lincoln Club in Jackson, Michigan, on February 15, 1940 pulled no punches in his criticism of the current president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Regarding Roosevelt's exploitation of the economic turmoil created by the Great Depression...
Stories of Heroism and Bravery Emerge from Sandy Hook Tragedy
When unspeakable tragedy unfolds like that of the December 14 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there are very few words that can alleviate the emotional trauma that pervades the nation in the wake of the horror. However,...
The Rise of the Administrative State: The Alphabet Soup of Federal Regulatory Agencies Exercising Unconstitutional Power Was Planned and Instituted by FDR and Was Modeled after Plans by Mussolini and Stalin
From the very start of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, there were unmistakable indications that his "New Dear would be moving in the statist direction. Frances Perkins, FDR's secretary of labor, recounted, decades later, a telling...
Typical Response to Tragedy
ITEM: "Alter each tragedy, including this one, some people litter the Internet with grotesque suggestions that it would be better if everyone (kindergarten teachers?) were armed," noted a New York Times editorial on December 14, 2012. [ILLUSTRATION...