The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3, March

About This Month
Who could have imagined that the first beneficiary of compassionate conservatism would be Billy Boy Clinton? At the now annual Jesse Jackson conference on Wall Street last January the president reached out to Jack Kemp, who for some reason was in the...
Ageless Senator Strom
In his 1969 book, Gothic Politics in the Deep South, Robert Sherrill noted that Strom Thurmond lives in a world of metaphysical absolutes: "It is a world of one Eden, one Hell, one Heaven, one Right, one Wrong, one Strom." South Carolina's -year-old...
A Lovely Cure for Sleep Deficit Disorder
Reporting Live Lesley Stahl Simon tP Schuster /444 pages / $26 REVIEWED BY Philip Terzian First, a confession. When the deadline for this review unexpectedly rolled around, I was about to leave on a brief trip. Accordingly, I packed the book in my car,...
Ben and Jerry
Tuesday "Far between Sundown's finish and Midnight's broken toll, / We ducked inside the doorway as thunder went crashing...." I cannot possibly believe what is happening. Here it is, the day before the House of Representatives is to vote on the impeachment...
Biting Back
With so much attention focused on the impeachment dance and the Republican House leadership's game of musical chairs, scant notice has been paid to changes within the House Democratic Caucus, despite the enormous implications they have for future control...
Correspondence
What Was Lost Grover Norquist may have been more prescient than even he realized concerning the 1998 elections when he opined that "the depth of disappointment reflects the size of the opportunity lost" for Republicans ("Stalemate," TAS, January 1999)....
Egypt's Human Wrongs
Christian Copts continue to be brutally singled out. Cairo In the early hours of August sq last year, two Coptic Christians were bludgeoned to death in the small Egyptian village of El-Kosheh, in Sohag province, not far from Luxor. It ought to have been...
Exporting Trust
THE TIME FOR A NORTH AMERICAN MONETARY UNION HAS COME. MORE AND MORE COUNTRIES ARE LOOKING TO THE DOLLAR AS AN ECONOMIC ANCHOR. THE U.S. WOULD BENEFITs TOO-BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE POLITICAL PRIESTHOOD WILL TELL YOU. With Europe moving toward a single...
Flordia Splendid China
IF YOU'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD, PEKING HOPES YOU'LL ALSO DROP IN ON THIS NEARBY FLORIDA THEME PARK TO LEARN HOW HAPPY CHINA'S MANY OPPRESSED PEOPLES REALLY ARE-AND BRING THE KIDS. The Chinese Communist government in Peking has shrunk from nothing in...
Gambling and Its Discontents
Those who doubt the existence of dark powers might reconsider their position after a midafternoon visit to Fast Freddies, a poker den rising in one-story splendor amid a field of used cars across the Congaree River from downtown Columbia. This is not...
Global Creep
President Clinton's State of the Union address offered so many goodies to so many constituencies that some proposals escaped scrutiny. One deserving a closer look is the president's recommendation on world trade, which would commit the United States...
In the Wee Small Hours
AS I TOSS AND TURN IN MY BED IN THE darkest hours, pondering such dilemmas as how to slither out of that review I promised the editor of TAS, or how to finish the book I'm writing before my grant expires, I often ask myself how the great figures of history,...
It's Not about Senex
Which didn't stop another preemptive strike on Starr. Newsweek's Conventional Wisdom Watch is always fun to read. Its little red arrows tell you who's up and who's down, and its kicky little sentences tell you why. But while fun is fun, CW, as it often...
Loyalty Tests
Hollywood has much in common with Elia Kazan. At the risk of sounding ungracious, I wish to raise a hesitantly dissenting voice here about the antiCommunist hero, Elia Kazan. I don't begrudge him his belated Oscar, God knows, considering how many nonentities...
Out of Their League
HOW DID A CHAMPION OF DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT AND REGIONAL PRIDE END UP BETRAYING BOTH CAUSES? WITH OPPORTUNISM, OVERREACHING, AND CRUDE CHARISMA. Shortly after midnight on May 9, 1997, two motor vehicles rolled off a ferry at St. Mark's Square in Venice....
Pants Off
The House managers arguing the case for convicting the president on two articles of impeachment have presented a formidable case. In response, the White House lawyers have displayed their usual energetic cunning. Still, the facts tower above the pettifoggery:...
The Continuing Crisis
Fate of the Union; elephant patties; frolicking co-eds We shall move on now from the month of January to the month of February-the people want us to move on. But first recall January. The trial of Our Virgin President began in the Senate, where Senator...
The Hum of Hate
Readers who go way back may recall an earlier column (Capitol Ideas, February 1981) in which the bee hive was used as a metaphor for the world socialist enterprise-the community of progressives. The Hive image, first proposed by the writer Joseph Sobran,...
The Senate's Footstool Fops
How inconsiderate of the House GOP to importune them. I've been spending a lot of time in the United States Senate recently, mainly because of the president's impeachment trial (you must have heard about it; it was on several cable networks). On my first...
The Ten Percent Solution
The baffle lines are clear again. Bill Clinton has reverted to form as a tax-and-spend liberal. In his 77minute State of the Union address he spent $4.47 trillion in projected surpluses over the next fifteen years. That works out to about $58 billion...
Vichy Democrats
When I recently saw Senator Barbara Boxer (DCalif.) defending President Bill Clinton, I thought back to last September when his lechering and lying were so luridly exposed to the American people. Back then Senator Boxer called the President's behavior...
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
Ex-Friends: Falling Out With Allen Ginsberg, Lionel & Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer Norman Podhoretz Free Press / . pages / S25 REVIEWED BY David Frum Here I come, my name is Jowett. If it's knowledge, then I know...