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. 8, August

About This Month
Back in the days before he himself succumbed to its charms, one of our former writers regularly inveighed against what he called Washington's "culture of lying." In this empty universe, a Clarence Thomas could be savaged for an alleged leer while a leering...
Albert Inexcusable
Every spring about this time the popular British historian Paul Johnson and his wife Marigold hold a garden party at his London home. The mix of politicians, intellectuals, and businesspeople is unlike anything one would come upon in the United States....
Al Gore's Hit Man
The veep's campaign chairman is a fierce partisan and masterful (if shifty) fundraiser. Can he do for Gore what he did for S&ls and the Democratic House majority? What a difference a decade makes. In May 1989, Tony Coelho, the third-ranking Democrat...
Al Gore's Loyalty Problem
The vice president wants you to know that he really, really isn't like Bill Clinton. So why was he defending the president's scandalous behavior for all those years? "I will take my own values of faith and family to the presidency," Al Gore told a cheering...
A New World Order
The Clinton Doctrine could be turned against the U.S. As Kosovar refugees began streaming back to their homes in June, critics of the NATO "air campaign" had to acknowledge that it accomplished more than we expected. But along with the human misery and...
Bland Ambition
Gore: A Political Life Bob zelnick Regnery /384 pages /$29.95 REVIEWED BY Philip Terzian In the world of daily journalism, there are three things we know about Albert Gore, vice president of the United States. The first is his patrician background. The...
Correspondence
Liberal Compassion Perhaps when Al Gore speaks of "crumbs of compassion," he is referring to the $353 he and Tipper donated to charity in 1997 while earning $197,729. -TIM SHUTTERS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bombs Away Just a quick question: In his "Peace...
Dispatches from the Kosovo Front
American intervention has done wonders for the Albanian economy, the KLA, and the public image of the U.S. Marines. But, reports our man on the scene, for Kosovar refugees the blessings have been decidedly mixed. The NATO war on Yugoslavia was already...
It Takes a Stadium
The fact is, I've always been a Yankee fan. -Hillary Rodham Clinton during a television interview. AMONG MY EARLY MEMORIES IS BILL Mazeroski's homer beating the Yankees in the 1960 World Series. Tony Kubek choked on that ground ball, and the next thing...
No Taxation Via Litigation
Courts allow regulators an end-run around Congress. Regulation is out, litigation is in. The era of big government may be over, but the era of regulation through litigation has just begun. -Robert Reich, former secretary of labor, USA Today, February...
Partners in Crime
New evidence shows the link that Republicans ignored: between reckless transfers of defense China and campaign donations to Clinton-Gore. New evidence shows conclusively for the first time that the Chinese government's effort to buy political influence...
Pay Equity Iniquity
Comparable worth-the doctrine that will not die. It was hardly the stuff of mass demonstrations, but don't let the numbers fool you. On April 8, 1999, small groups of protesters all across the country turned out for "Equal Pay Day." They huffed and puffed...
Reality Bites
An unexamined ugly life is not worth living-or filming. One way to look at the dominant intellectual paradigm of our century is in terms of the opposition it sets up between the ideal and the real. Or, to be precise, the "real." The ideal comprises pretty...
See How They Run
Though none of them's a match for Sen. Bob Smith. George W. and the State of New Hampshire have at last met, and everything went smoothly-as smoothly as Bill and Monica's first meeting. Dubya showed up, the Granite State dropped gratefully to its knees,...
Signing Off
Some "serious" thoughts about a reporter's profession. It was only a fleeting embarrassment, but there was no denying it happened. When the New York Times reported last March that George W. Bush had been summoning experts to Texas to brief him on important...
The Continuing Crisis
Transformations; Signorina Gina; tuna; crocodiles June brought an end to one of the most glorious episodes in the Clinton Saga. The Serbs were transformed into refugees. The Kosovars were transformed into Serbs. And NATO, the military wing of CNN, became...
The D.J. of Seoul
Kim Dae Jung's South Korea is doing just fine. Seoul On June 3, five days after meeting with Serbian dissidents better left unidentified, at a place in the Balkans better left undisclosed, I stood on a gorgeous, unoccupied beach in South Korea, staring...
The Mixed Legacy of Alexander Hamilton
The Mixed Legacy of Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton: American Richard Brookhiser Free Press / 240 pages / $25 REVIEWED BY Terry Eastland In 1789 Alexander Hamilton, at age 32, became the nation's first treasury secretary. No one seriously disputes...
The Ongoing Dissent over TWA 800
THE WHITE HOUSE, WITH HELP FROM A REPUBLICAN SENATOR, IS SITTING ON EVIDENCE THAT COULD POINT TO TERRORISM IN THE 1996 JET EXPLOSION AN FBI OFFICIAL HAS BECOME A SCAPEGOAT IN THE COVER-UP. AND THE MYSTERY REMAINS UNSOLVED. It was billed as an investigation...
The Prophet of Profits
What's George Gilder up to these days? He used to write about feminism, marriage, and tax cuts. He's still interested in those things but now he is studying the new economy of what he calls the Telecosm, and putting out the Gilder Technology Report....
They Couldn't SWAT a Fly
But police commando teams are still a menace to society. Federal and Colorado officials have transformed the April 20 killings at Columbine High School into a law enforcement triumph. Attorney General Janet Reno praised the local police response as "extraordinary,"...
This Is Just a Test
One of the great and anti-democratic goals of American Liberalism is to make public matters so complicated that the public despairs and transfers the matter at hand over to the liberal bureaucrats. Another of the great and anti-democratic goals of American...
West Point Recognition
Tuesday We've not much longer here to stay, / For in a month or two, / We'll bid farewell to cay-det grey, lAnd don the Army Blue. I know that song well. My father-inlaw was in the West Point Class of 1944. When my wife and I got married, he gave me,...