The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 11, November

A Covenant with America
NEWT, YOUR 1994 "CONTRACT WITH AMERICA" helped win Congress for Republicans, but as subsequent history has shown, it did less than nothing for America. The nation is in deep trouble, and today's congressional Republicans are as unpopular as congressional...
All Together Now: Challenging a Record Number of GOP Incumbents? Coordinating Their Message This Early? What a Little Blood in the Water Will Do for a Party
ON ELECTION NIGHT 2002, TV-watching Democrats across America let out a collective groan as then-Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe told CNN's Larry King, "I think it's going to be a very good night for the Democrats." At that...
And the Winner Is ... Guest Workers Live in Fear of la Migra, and Congress Isn't Helping Them a Bit
HIDING FROM THE U.S. BORDER PATROL IN AN air-conditioning duct for nine and a half hours, Jorge Mendez couldn't even come down to urinate. As agents passed below, he had to keep from making the slightest noise. "I thought about my wife and my family,"...
A New New Low: They Couldn't Possibly Believe That a Wrongfully Convicted Capital Defendant Should Be Denied a Federal-Court Review of Evidence? Well
IF REPUBLICANS ON THE SENATE JUDICIARY Committee get their way, the United States may soon have a law that could permit state-sanctioned murder. Sound improbable? Naturally the bill's chief sponsor, John Kyl of Arizona, doesn't say his measure would...
At Least He's Loyal
JOE LIEBERMAN MAY NOT have the voting record of a Republican, but he's often irked liberals with his unfortunate habit of playing one on TV. His reputation for disloyalty is unlikely to be undone by his decision to attend an October 8 party celebrating...
Be Our Guest? Our Economy Benefits from Immigrants. but If Guest Workers Are Treated as a Caste without Rights, Native Workers and Immigrants Will Both Suffer
IMMIGRANTS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS. IN FACT, THE rapid clip of U.S. economic growth might not be possible without them. Even as academics debate whether immigrants take jobs away from domestic workers, and as homegrown militias organize to patrol the...
Beware of Watchdog: Meet Rabble-Rouser Melanie Sloan. the Republicans Don't like Her. the Democrats Are Leery of Her. She's Exactly What This Town Needs
MELANIE SLOAN IS AT A LOSS. "I would never have thought that the Democrats would be so ... I just need more words for 'spineless: I don't have enough," she says. "She turns around and grabs a thesaurus from her desk. "'Wimpy,'" she reads, "'irresolute,'...
Both Sides, Now: TV in Blue and Red: Commander in Chief Unfolds as a Nonpartisan (Yeah, Right!) Fantasy; Three Wishes Is One Big Faith-Based Initiative
IN HIS ADVANCE PUBLICITY WORK for Commander in Chief, series creator Rod Lurie told the press that the show--ABC's new drama about the first female president--was distinctly "anti-partisan." Oh please, Rod; it's a lefty wish come true. The audience...
Dossier: An Ounce of Detention
The United States has detained approximately 70,000 people outside U.S. territory since late 2001 ... It's believed that more than 10,000 are still in U.S. custody in various camps and prisons in the United States, Cuba, Iraq, and Afghanistan ... In...
From Immigrant to Citizen: Most Still Want to Become Americans. Unlike in Past Eras, Though, Our Government Is Doing Far Too Little to Integrate Them into U.S. Society
PERHAPS THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY THING ABOUT the integration of immigrants in this nation of immigrants is just how much it is being done by the immigrants themselves, with a minimum of effort by government or society at large. Despite widespread hand-wringing...
Ground-Zero Redux
IN A WELCOME SIGN OF post-hurricane recovery, a pod of dolphins has been spotted frolicking in Lake Pontchartrain. For the terrestrial residents of the New Orleans area, however, coming home after Hurricane Katrina may be a considerably more dangerous...
Immigration Demystified: Despite All the Heat from the Right, a Consensus Is Developing, for Workable Solutions to the Immigration Mess. but We're Not There Yet
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." --F. Scott Fitzgerald PITY THE POOR LAWMAKER. REgardless of party or region, most members...
Learning from History: As Congress Seeks a Comprehensive Immigration Fix, the Lessons of 1986's Historic Reform Must Guide the Way
AS THE TEMPERATURE SURROUNDING immigration issues rises, let's remember that our political system walked this road 20 years ago during the debate that led to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. In its attempt to tackle illegal immigration,...
Setting the Squawkers Straight
"WE HERE AT SQUAWK BOX HAVE BEEN CAMPAIGNING for politicians to 'give back their pork' to help pay for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Our next guest offers up another possibility. He says we should consider following the path of President Lyndon Johnson....
Slouching toward Disaster
MOST OF US DO NOT ORDINARILY CONSIDER OUR lives to be at stake in matters of public policy. The prospect of an avian flu pandemic, however, puts us all in jeopardy, and if the dilatory response of the Bush administration proves fatal in this case as...
Target Employers: For Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Work, Employers Need to Feel the Heat
WHILE PEOPLE CHOOSE TO RISK LIFE AND limb to enter this country illegally for many reasons, the vast majority come to seek employment--and they find it. What would happen if employers were effectively penalized for hiring the undocumented? Would there...
The Incompetence Dodge: The Liberal Hawks Now Say the Idea of the War Wasn't Bad, Just Its Execution. This Saves Face-And Serves a More Dangerous Function
VICTORY, AS JOHN F. KENNEDY OBSERVED, HAS A thousand fathers, while defeat is an orphan. Abandoning the orphan that is the Iraq War has clearly been a protracted, painful process for the liberal hawks, those intellectuals and pundits so celebrated...
The New Nativism: The Alarming Overlap between White Nationalists and Mainstream Anti-Immigrant Forces
MORE THAN 400 ANTI-IMMIGRATION ACTIVISTS gathered in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend to bemoan President Bush's failure to close the borders. One described the United States as a nation at war every time a Mexican flag is planted on American soil."...
The Woes of White Folk
AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE the NAACP. Latinos have La Raza. But who speaks up for our poor, beleaguered white guys? William H. Regnery II, that's who. Regnery, a patriarch of the storied conservative publishing family, has founded a new think tank called...
The Yes-Man: President Bush Sent Porter Goss to the CIA to Keep the Agency in Line. What He's Really Doing Is Wrecking It
EXACTLY AS INTENDED, PORTER GOSS HAS HIT THE Central Intelligence Agency like a wrecking ball. The former Florida congressman, who had an undistinguished career as a CIA operations officer in the 1960s, came to the agency in September 2004 after...
With God on His Side: Meet Rod Parsley: Rising Star of the Religious Right, GOP Ally-And Subject of Lawsuits over His Church Governance and Secretive Fund-Raising Practices
WHEN ZELL MILLER TOOK THE STAGE AT ONE of Ohio's largest "megachurches" last August, there was no talk of spitballs or duels, but there was plenty of rhetoric about soldiers and war. As the featured speaker at both a regular Sunday-evening church service...
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