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. 5, May

About This Month
Here is where we are in the Spring of 1998: ho-hum accusations appear in the press that a former state attorney general who is now President of the United States raped a woman in a Little Rock hotel room in 1978, and all the White House can say is that...
Accidental and Forgotten
Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott, John S.D. Eisenhower Free Press /464 pages /27.5o America has virtually forgotten General Winfield Scott He was played once, for laughs, by Sidney Greenstreet in the 194o movie, They Died...
A Golden Age for Thugs
Monday Here I am cleaning up my son's room watching a talk show and they are talking about our timeto the effect that we are now living in "The Golden Age" or at least "A Golden Age" in the history of America. This talk is based on the performance of...
A New Day in the State of Puerto Rico
While Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz toy with statehood for the island, its real business centers on its Democratic governor who is trying to put a Republican newspaper out of business. JOHN CORRY EI Nuevo Dia, circulation zzo,ooo or thereabouts, is published...
As Good as It Gets
The world is not going to hell in a handbasket. As this millennium heads for an end, and with it our blooddrenched century, it is hard not to reflect on the world's seemingly intractable problems. There are the dangers emanating from the rogue states...
Brock Groped
The American saga proceeds in cycles. Our last greatly controversial president was nicknamed the Gipper. The present greatly controversial president is about to be nicknamed the Groper. The Gipper gained notoriety for favoring limited government. The...
Byting the Hand That Feeds Us
By restricting the immigration of much-needed "information technology" workers, Dumbocrats in Washington are making the U.S. poorer and less competitive. America's encounter with the global economy is in the first quarter and we're already falling behind....
California at the Polls
California illustrates the trend unintentionally set by campaign finance reform: More and more selffinanced multimillionaires are running for office, because they can spend as much as they want on their own races. A judge recently threw out highly restrictive...
Correspondence
Nice and Easy Does It I'm a paid subscriber and will likely continue to be. Your writings would be more effective if you toned it down a bit Perhaps a bit more than a bit. Angry and vindictive writing is highly dismissable. -CARL E. ODOM via the Internet...
Hold That Call
EVERYBODY IN ITALY-AND I MEAN EVERYBODY-has a cell phone now. An unkempt woman in a Padua laundromat mumbles that she's lost some change. Someone points to a sign and suggests she call the manager. Whereupon she whips out her palm-sized Nokia and gets...
In Search of Phil Clinton
So I went to the Multiplex and said I wanted to see the Clinton film. "Certainly, sir," said the sales clerk. "We have Wag the Dog, Primary Colors, The Full Monty, and Slick Will Hunting." "Good grief!" I cried. "Is every film about Clinton?" "No," she...
"Let's Get Togedder"
The story of New Orleans, politically, is synonymous with boss rule. A single powerful organization has controlled it for more than four decades. The Ring, the Regular Democratic organization, has been called the Tammany of the South. Politics is their...
Linda & John & Webb & Suzy
On March 14, 1994, the CBS Evening News began with word of a big shake-up in the Clinton administration. "Another high-ranking member of the Clinton team was pulled down tonight in the spreading undertow of Whitewater," anchorwoman Connie Chung announced....
Orphans of the Cold War
A report from the ravaged last front of the Cold War. Islamabad, Pakistan In the last decade of the Cold War, this desperately poor Muslim country of 140 million became the premier battleground in the colossal struggle between the superpowers. As Soviet...
Peter Peyote's Astonishing Journey to Nowhere
Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle Peter Coyote Counterpoint /368 pages / $26 I had never heard of Peter Coyote before reading this autobiography, which is surely a sign that I've been moving in the right circles. Coyote, ne Cohon, "has performed in...
The Continuing Crisis
March entered like a lion and departed like a lioness-at least from the perspective of the White House. Thanks to the revelations of a Mrs. Kathleen Willey on "6o Minutes," a constituency even more loyal to the Clintons than the poofters is turning sour,...
The Great Escape
At least Bill Clinton was right to apologize to Rwanda. No question but that it was Africa: Sam Donaldson was in a bush jacket. Bwana Sam wanted to blend in, but the temperature in Ghana was 100 degrees, and he must have been terribly uncomfortable....
The Latest Rubbish
Is that the president of the United States making a six-nation tour of Africa? Or is it the president of the student body from a major American cow college, circa 1968? The student body president back in turbulent 1968 was windy with tales of American...
The Once and Future Scandal
This is the scenario for a future disaster, inspired by reading the House Government Operations Committee report on Senator Fred Thompson's campaign funding hearings. An ambitious general overthrows the legitimate government of a Third World ally, say...
The Rule of Law Ten
Jurists who've defended the law against illiberalism. The law should be-and once was-an inherently conservative institution. The rule of law is fundamental to economic liberty and prosperity, as well as to constraining government power. Among the values...
Travolta of the Masses
Primary Colors is one sick deluded flick. The key line in Mike Nichols's adaptation of Joe Klein's Primary Colors comes as Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta), hot on the trail of the presidency after having just disposed of his last rival for the...
Trouble in Eden
The Garden Barflies at the Cosmos Club meet Monica. In its 120 years Washington's venerable Cosmos Club has seen a lot. Come to that, as one of its members for more than fifteen, so have I. The club was started in 1878 by sixty scholars, soldiers, and...
Why Lenin? Why Stalin?
The Commanding Heights: The Battle Between Government and the Marketplace That Is Remaking the Modem World Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw Simon & Schuster /457pages / $26 In the first decade after World War Two, Communism spread outward from...