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. 33, No. 7, September

About This Month
He's not exactly an ideological crossover like David Horowitz, but Harry Stein has done something equally momentous: He's broken with liberalism as currently practiced. But he's done so in the name of liberalism as traditionally understood. The last...
America's Multicultural Imperialism
Globalization is turning the whole world into the United States, cultural nationalists complain. And they're rightbut not in the way they think. eptember promises to bring a verdict in the trial of Jose Bove, who last August led farmers in wrecking a...
Boastful Genome Science
Journalists decline to play an adversary role. At the time of the White House announcement about the human genome, we were reminded that when it comes to science, the press doesn't play "watchdog." If it's government funded-and more and more of science...
Canadian Justice
Andrea Dworkin meets Justice Mme. Claire L'Heureux Dube. The facts were never in dispute. All the evidence came from the witness for the prosecution. The young woman testified at the trial, held in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, that she had...
Comparable Worth Is Back
While Republicans sit silently, Democrats are making hay this election year with various "pay equity" bills-which promise to Sovietize U.S. wage scales. It's five months before the November elections, and ultra-liberals Tom Harkin and Ted Kennedy are...
Correspondence
Queen Mother My wife Rosemary and I read John Corry's article "Wedding in Maseru" (TAS, July/August 2000) with intense interest, finding it indeed a happy tale from troubled Africa. Also, he condenses the origins and politics of the Mountain Kingdom...
Criminalizing Business
In a matter of months, the Clinton-Gore administration will be history, and the stench emanating from its abusive use of public office-from Travelgate and illegal campaign fundraising to perjury and national security scandals-will have a chance to lift....
Did She or Didn't She?
But that's not really the question. Jews know that there are three things that are inevitable: death, taxes, and anti-Semitism. As far as the first two are concerned, other than taking vitamins or being broke their whole lives, there is nothing they...
Diverse Scenery
FOUR YEARS AGO I SPENT ONLY A NIGHT at the GOP's San Diego convention, but came away with one major impression: There couldn't be a nicer bunch in the world than Republicans convening. Seriously. Typical, as I wrote in this space, were the "enthusiastic...
How to Lose by Winning
If the GOP wins nationally but not locally-it loses. There'll be three elections on November 7. The first will decide the presidency for the next four years. George W. Bush or Albert Gore will make up to three Supreme Court appointments, appoint the...
Of Time and the River
The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing Thomas McGuane Knopf/ 280 pages / $25 REVIEWED BY Algis Valiunas If a serious man is going to devote a significant part of his brief spell on earth to sport, the sport of choice almost has to be fishing, which modulates...
Patriot Games
Whether ours or theirs, propaganda is still just that. Not too surprisingly, my review of Roland Emmerich's The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, for the TAS Website stirred up a hornet's nest of protest among our indisputably patriotic readers, some of...
Raising Citizen Kane
The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst David Nasaw Houghton Mifflin / 687pages / $35 William Randolph Hearst was an American original, as much maligned, in death as in life, as he was admired. He was the most powerful newspaper publisher we have...
Reeducating Jeff Jacoby
The ultraextremist Boston Globe proves its bona fides. New Hampshire More columnar trouble at the Boston Globe. A couple of years back, you may recall, Patricia Smith, an African-American columnist, wrote a heartwarming vignette of a young girl going...
Rising Tribe
It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair With the GOP Peter Robinson Warner Books / 248 pages / $24.95 In the early years of the Reagan administration, when I was a speechwriter for U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, I was struck by the fact that...
Stuck in a Rut
The Supreme Court can no longer say what it stands for. Earl Warren liked to say that we "can't turn back the clock." But over the past decade, conservatives on the Court have revived doctrines on federalism and property rights thought to have been abandoned...
Sucking Up Pride
Sunday When I was a small child in Silver Spring, Maryland, I used to give my father pipe tobacco for Father's Day. I would usually wait until the day before, then walk over to the People's Drug Store in Four Corners, Maryland, and buy Douwe Egbert Amphora...
The Chairman with the Bridgeport Sensibility
American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor Little, Brown / 614 pages / $26.95 REVIEWED BY John Lilly If you were dumbly glued to the reruns on Channel 2, Chicago, the afternoon of December...
The Clinton Legacy: A Scherzo
As the great political parties of the Republic excite the faithful and tempt the dubious to make world history this November, it is fitting that this monthly intellectual review take the longer view. Let us turn from the two proffered presidential messiahs...
The Continuing Crisis
Lighting up; stars of Camp David; Taliban soccer; ghosts July passed into August and the sins of the mother are visited upon the daughter. Chelsea Clinton was caught smoking a cigarette, possibly two cigarettes, in public. The crime took place in Dupont...
The Deja Vu Election
History is repeating itself in New Jersey. The race for New Jersey's open Senate seat goes like this: The Republican candidate is a four-term congressman with extensive experience in New Jersey politics-he served 13 years in the State Assembly and two...
The Most Political Justice Department Ever: A Survey
The U.S. Department of Justice is the government agency directly responsible for performing the president's central constitutional mission to "take care" that the laws of the United States are faithfully executed. Those laws have come to reach into every...
The Ordeal of Charles Bakaly
He was abandoned by his former boss, . targeted by an angry judge, and prosecuted by the Clinton Justice Department. And no one seems to care that the case against former Kenneth Starr spokesman Charles Bakaly makes no sense at all. Byron York In a case...
The Sounds of Silence
All race, all the time, at the New York Times & Co. Another day, another incident, this one on a 28-second tape shown over and over on television: Philadelphia cops are kicking and stomping a man as he lies on the ground. The next day the Black Caucus...
Uncle Cleve
An Honest President: The Life and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland H. Paul Jeffers William Morrow /385 pages/ $27 Bill Clinton usually identifies with FDR and JFK, but a time came when his narcissism inexplicably receded in favor of a president most...