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. 31, No. 11, November

About This Month
It's still Mark McGwire's America. Last month we saw him get ejected after a blown call, then defend the culprit umpire and go on to hit five homers in his next four games. This month it's important we learn from what happened to him on and after September...
An American Richelieu and the Limits of Realism
Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World James Chace Simon OP Schuster /sI2pages / $30 mericans have ample reason to be proud of their victory in the Cold War-a victory, above all, for those moral ideals embodied in the phrase "the...
A Perfect Lie; Bill's Bolshevik; Perotomania; Tanned Hyde
The key September date this year was August 17, which was replayed on the twentyfirst, when in four-plus hours a videotaped Big Boy held an expanding universe spellbound discoursing on his favorite topic, How To Tell Lies and Influence People. As the...
Can We Talk?
t's getting near the end of summer. Ever since we got back from Idaho, litfile Mr. Perfect has been nagging me to take him fishing. He is not just interested in fishing, but obsessed with fishing. So, last night, we drove out to our increasingly modest...
Christopher Columbus, P.C
Honduran Indians marked Columbus Day today by destroying a statue of Christopher Columbus. "We are condemning the Spanish conquest," said a protest leader, Candido Martinez. -Reuters, October iz, 1997 ACT I (Curtain opens on the court of King Ferdinand...
Contemptible Behavior
Janet Reno and Dan Burton are locked in mortal combat over the hottest document in the campaign finance investigation. The stakes are enormous: If Reno loses, the administra tion loses control of a politically explosive issue. It was no secret among...
Correspondence
Total Recall I don't remember writing this letter. I could have and I'm not denying that I could have, I just don't recall doing it. -ANONYMOUS Terre Haute, Indiana Lone Pine Dove As an Ex-Republican (after fifty-plus years), I think that Grover Norquist...
Counting the Costs of Clintonism
The debacle of this president's administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery...
Don't Be Fooled
Fred Tuttle is a downright dirty Democratic trick. Spread Fred": If you've driven through Vermont recently, you'll have seen the sticker on hundreds of bumpers; even if you've driven through Massachusetts or Connecticut, you'll maybe have spotted it...
ERISA: A Prescription for Health Care Inequality
LABOR Tv :j 00M; tE WHILE CURRENT MEDICAL INSURANCE LAW FAVORS BIG CORPORTION AND LABOR UNIONS WHILE MAKING CARE MORE COSTLY FOUR THOSE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT. ! There's been a lot of hypocrisy in the health care debate, but for sheer chutzpah probably...
Expanding Impeachment
A round the House Judiciary Committee, one question draws a pregnant silence. Will Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr be sending up more impeachment referrals? The glaring omission of Whitewater from the Monica Lewinsky report may not signify a dry hole,...
Freedom to Farm Washington
To the GOP freedom to farm means freedom to subsidize. Nothing better symbolizes the collapse of Republican principles than the multiple farm bailouts Congress has passed since July. Agricultural subsidies are skyrocketing, and the 1996 "Freedom to Farm...
From Troopergate to Monicagate
The Washington Post, Saturday, September 12, 1998, from its "Editorial Note" introducing the full, unedited text of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report to Congress: "We recognize that the independent counsel's report contains extensive sexually...
Have Gun, Will Travel
GOP concealed gun laws are spreading like wildfire. mart Democrats have always feared the issue of gun control. Like the Sirens that lured Greek sailors onto fatal reefs, gun control is the great liberal temptation-an easy appeal to the liberal contempt...
Losing One's Soul
Facing up to the spiritual hazards of wealth. The one time I met the Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, about ten years ago, I suggested that if he really wanted to get world population down, he should preach the virtues of capitalism. Even though it creates...
Monica Media
Out of the mouth of a babe: a shrewd insight into the media. Monica Lewinsky said she wanted to be an assistant producer in TV, or an assistant account executive in PR, or else do "anything at George magazine." The "wish list" she gave Vernon Jordan...
Private Preferences
Why affirmative action won't disappear anytime soon. Affirmative action is certainly under siege, but when it will be surrendered as official policyand what sort of racial policy will take its place-remains much in doubt. On the one hand, there has been...
Self-Ignorance
Nowadays self-deception passes for self-knowledge. Reluctant movie-goers will be glad to hear that they can stay home and read almost every evening this month. The only must-see movie is the rerelease, re-cut and restored, of Orson Welles's Touch of...
Taking Back Their Church
Conservative Southern Baptists have spent two decades fighting relativism, liberalism, and modernity in general-which makes them not quite so conservative after all. When the president decided to seek clerical assistance in the struggle to subdue his...
The DNC's Chinese Money Laundry
If Bill Clinton and Al Gore are hoping that Topic A will indefinitely deflect public opinion from their appalling national security record until after the November 1998 elections, they should think again. In The Year of the Rat, two top congressional...
The First Lady of a Tramp
Florence Harding: The First Lady, The Jazz Age, and the Death of America's Most Scandalous President Carl Sferrazza Anthony William Morrow / 645 pages / $30 Timing, as the French cynic said, is everything. One day's traitor is the next day's patriot....
The White House Joins the Teamsters
TIES BETWEEN A CORRUPT LABOR UNION AND A CORRUPT PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION SUGGEST A CONSPIRACY FOR MUTUAL ENRICHMENT AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKERS. AS USUAL, REPUBLICANS ARE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY. Bill Clinton has repeatedly tried to commit political...