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. 39, No. 3, April

A Bush Crack-Up?
We've been here before.THANKS IN PART TO THE INTRUSIVE REPORTAGE of modern mass media, thanks in part to America's preeminent role in world politics, the chronicle of the American presidency from the Kennedy administration to the present is a concatenation...
All Roads Lead to
All Roads Lead to ... Exodus: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity by Dave Shiflett (SENTINEL, 196 PAGES, $23.95)Dave Shiflett, described by Chuck Colson as "one of the most astute culture watchers and writers I know,"...
Benedictine Beauty
DOES THE MONASTIC LIFE HAVE any relevance to modern life? I've been pondering this question since my recent journey to one of the most influential Benedictine monasteries in the world-Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire. It is one of over a thousand...
Celebrating 70 Years of Socialism
IT IS HARD TO ARGUE with Nicolas Baverez when he calls France "the sick man of Europe." You can feel malaise in the atmosphere of anxiety and defeatism that hangs over the country like a shroud. You can hear it when chattering class commentators talk...
Conservatism Abandoned
WHEN LEFT-WINGERS MOVE TO THE RIGHT they are invariably accused of sacrificing their principles to their interests. By contrast, nothing is more guaranteed to win instant popularity with the liberal media than when conservatives move to the left. So...
Correspondence
A Scary SituationI read the magazine at the local library, often with much interest, as in the article "The Atheist Foxhole" (by Angelo M. Codevilla, TAS, February 2006). As a veteran of World War II, when the saying arose, "There are no atheists in...
Current Wisdom
Associated PressThe Reagan Administration's most effective espionage agent ever has a change of heart:Mikhail Gorbachev's magnetic brown eyes shine as brightly as ever, and he speaks with the same passion about the collapse of the Soviet Union as he...
Dreams and Nightmares
WEDNESDAYWHAT AN AWFUL DAY. I awakened after a nightmare. In this nightmare, Maral, the manager of my real life bank (a unique bank with only one location), called to tell me I was $200,000 overdrawn. This kind of thing happens to me every so often (not...
He Put Us in a Hole
The making of a foreign policy disaster.GEORGE W. BUSH WILL LEAVE AMERICA LESS COMMITTED to its own cause than he found it, and beset by greater dangers. His presidency has taught the wrong lessons about war, peace, and the world. Because of him foreigners...
Humanized without Honor
POLITICS ASIDE," wrote the New York Times critic, Stephen Holden, of Hany Abu-Assad's Paradise Now, "the movie is a superior thriller whose shrewdly inserted plot twists and emotional wrinkles are calculated to put your heart in your throat and keep...
It Could Have Been Hotter
It Could Have Been Hotter The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis (PENGUIN PRESS, 352 PAGES, $27.95)THE COLD WAR WAS A DISTINCT and lengthy phase in history. When it began in the closing months of 1945, I was a 16-year-old schoolboy looking...
Lost in America
Lost in America American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville by Bernard-Henri Lévy (RANDOM HOUSE, 300 PAGES, $24.95)IT MUST HAVE SEEMED A GOOD IDEA at the time. The Atlantic Monthly commissions Bernard-Henri Lévy, the leading French...
Prescription for Political Disaster
FRED BARNES, THE WEEKLY STANDARD editor who also hosts a Fox News show, has written a highly sympathetic book on the Bush presidency called Rebel-in-Chief. He makes a plausible argument for many Bush policies that I disagree with, but can respect. But...
Republican Doldrums
It's easy to point fingers at Big Government Bush as the reason for the GOP's malaise. But has the Republican Congress acquitted itself any better?As THE 2006 MID-TERM ELECTIONS NEAR, a sense of foreboding prevails among Republicans-the powerful in Washington...
Saving an Unstable Currency
I AM AT AN AGE WHEN MANY PEOPLE think about retirement, or have already retired. But I will keep working, God willing. The golf course is not for me, and I enjoy my work. In addition I have no pension. And in that respect I am in the same boat as an...
Scholarly Mesearch
YOUNG LIBERALS TODAY, like their older comrades, are divided by ideological infighting. One group of students within the collegiate left, marooned by their radical faculty advisers on an island of nostalgia for the 1960s, still pumps their fists in protest....
Secretive and Smug
SO WE HEAR THAT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH IS taking delight in the spread of the "alternative press" (read conservatives on the Internet, in talk radio, in print, and at Fox) and the gentle detumescence of "mainstream media" (read liberal media, or more...
Showdown at Harvard State
I HAVE IT ON THE BEST OF AUTHORITY that Harvard State University's President Lawrence H. Summers resigned only after credible threats of violence were received at his office. My sources, working from several listening posts on the campus disguised as...
The Battle of New Orleans
Out of negligence, incompetence, or indifference, George W. Bush is proving to be no Andrew Jackson.SOME CONSERVATIVES THINK that President George W. Bush approved too much federal money in response to Hurricane Katrina. Many liberals think he hasn't...
The Blunder of 1968
Conservatives could have had Ronald Reagan as the GOP presidential candidate 38 years ago-but many bought the line that Richard Nixon was conservative enough.THE LANDSLIDE DEFEAT OF BARRY GOLDWATER by Lyndon Johnson in 1964 appeared, at first, to put...
The Continuing Crisis
February extinguished itself as fear spread among American conservatives. The worry is that somewhere some reckless right-wing cartoonist will depict Dr. Howard Dean with a missile under his toupee or desecrate some other Democratic icon and thus ignite...
The Vain Assassin
The Vain Assassin Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson (WILLIAM MORROW, 448 PAGES, $26.95)IN HIS RECENT BOOK, Heritage Foundation legal scholar James Swanson relates the all-true adventures of a famous actor endowed with an...
Thinking about Tomorrow
GOOD MORNING. I hope you've all recovered from last night. Judging by all the Starbucks cups I see around the room, though, I'd guess not. (Muted laughter)We've got a lot to get through today. Again, I want to thank you all for attending last night's...
Underwhelmed
LIKE MOST CONSERVATIVES, we are not overwhelmed by George Bush's presidency, and we are doing, in this issue, what conservatives are supposed to do to Republican presidents who veer off course: let him know that we are displeased, and that he should...
We Are All Post-Reaganites Now
What the Republican surrender to Big Government means for the future of the Conservative MovementTHROUGHOUT THE 1980s, REAGAN LOYALISTS USED TO COMPLAIN only half jokingly that the only mistake the Gipper ever made was at the 1980 Republican convention...