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. 7, July

About This Month
For anyone who can still recall the revolution of 1994, some interesting results from California's June 2 vote: The Confederately named Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, fresh from calling his nominal boss, Gov. Pete Wilson, an anti-Semite and bigot, won the Democratic...
Airlift Secrets; Barry vs. Barry; Manila Heat; No Pledges
May started with May Day and ended with Bill Clinton crying May Day, May Day. In his mano a mano with the simultaneously dilatory and hasty Kenneth Starr, Mr. C. lost every round: over executive privilege, over the Secret Service's "protective-function...
Britain Rebranded
What's past is passe in Tony Blair's Little England. Walter Bagehot and George Orwell were much on my mind when I visited London his spring. I thought of Bagehot the day hat the papers were emblazoned with he now-notorious picture of Queen Elizbeth "sharing...
Corny Newt
Are ethanol subsidies fueling a presidential run? Several months ago Rep. Bill Livingston reportedly received an assurance from House Speaker Newt Gingrich that if the Louisiana congressman reneged on his retirement plans and hung in for another term,...
Correspondence
Pinochet Nous If it is not a joke, where is RET's judgment? It's utter nonsense to compare Augusto Pinochet to FDR (The Continuing Crisis, TAS, May 1998). Whatever is said about him, Pinochet did not sell other nations to the Soviets at Yalta (or anywhere...
Dining Out
Tuesday I'm on the Washington airport SuperShuttle bus, actually just a drab green bus heading from the Avis lot to the USAir Terminal. We passed by the airport's old, but still beautiful main terminal, and two men ran towards the shuttle holding duffel...
Dobson and the GOP
The evangelical right and the art of politics. "We are very pleased with the leadership of the House and Senate," says Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. "Even with the diminished numbers in the House we have...
Hack Haven
The Stephen Glass affair shakes the New Republic. What did the New Republic know, and when did it know it? The venerable (est i914) magazine of commentary and opinion says it had no idea one of its writers was making things up until an alert reader proved...
Hats off, Gentlemen
Whit Stillman's wonderfully intelligent new film. It's a lucky thing for me that Whit Stillman, who is an old friend of The American Sbectator makes such good movies. If he made bad ones, I should have to be diplomatic, but that necessity has yet to...
He Ain't Worth a Lick
The talented Paul Robeson doesn't rate postal honors. The past year has seen a national campaign to turn a man generally and deservedly forgotten into an African American hero. According to his advocates, the singer Paul Robeson, who would have turned...
It's Hot
Another scorcher along the Rocky Mountain Front. I never thought a place this far north could have such blazing heat. The mercury hovers in the mid-nineties each afternoon as purple thunderheads pile up on the dark mountains. The radio tips me off, and...
Long Live Punctilio!
Cuba was a gleam in presidential eyes long before nearsighted Teddy Roosevelt packed six extra pairs of spectacles to make sure he could see San Juan Hill. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "I have ever looked on Cuba as the most interesting addition which could...
Loral Exams
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why the leader of a country without missile defenses has gone out of his way to help another country point missiles at it. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger has finally confirmed what many of us suspected...
Not a Prayer
GOD, SO LONG ABSENT FROM THE NATION'S sports pages, was back in the news on April 21, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, of all places. Seemingly, when the National Football League's all-time sack leader Reggie White announced a few weeks earlier that he was retiring...
Open Season on Bill Gates
Bill Gates and Microsoft have committed the crime of understanding the Information Age better than anyone else. Now the Reno Justice Department has joined forces with Gates's competitors to teach him a lesson, ignoring what his brilliant career could...
Rule by Unaccountability
Critics of the independent counsel don't go far enough. In the mid-1980's, conservatives denounced the institution of the special prosecutor-or independent counsel, as it is now called-as a constitutional perversion. But since a succession of Reagan...
Taking the Initiative When the Politicians Won't
Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future Peter Schrag The New Press /344 pages / $25 Earlier this year a coalition of Silicon Valley executives gathered steam for an initiative to permit more charter schools in California. Unions and...
The Collapse of Clinton Foreign Policy
Call it Clinton's New World Disorder. From China and Russia to Iraq and India and Pakistan, nukes and a new arms race are the order of the day, much of it abetted by the American president's own policies and reflexive sympathy for likely enemies. The...
The Hazards of Charity
How to give money and stay out of trouble. Very often, rich people give money to causes that are already being funded by governments. I suppose the idea is that no one will come along later and accuse you of being irresponsible. Roderick MacArthur, son...
The Party of Corruption
A few weeks back the Democrats' foxy rhetoricians put the poor Republicans on the defensive once again. The battleground was suitably telegenic, the Sunday moming chat shows. The Democratic mouthpieces were less so, James (The Skull) Carville and the...
Under My Skin
American popular song died with Frank Sinatra. As Sinatra himself wondered in another context: "What now, my love?" What now? When Frank finally faced his final curtain, checked into the big casino, split the scene with the cat with the scythe, Time...
What Do Mandela and the Pope Have in Common?
Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century David Aikman Word Publishing/388 pages /$23 Although liberals pride themselves on their tolerance, they are sharply prejudiced against three groups: the rich, the right, and the religious. David Aikman's engrossing...
What-Me Guilty?
Labor Secretary Alexis Herman is the latest Clintonite to have an independent counsel of her very own. White Houe spinners say she's the innocent victim of a bad ;aw. Which muct mean (as indeed it does that the Herman investigation involves serious charges...
Who's the Bossie?
Conservative Republicans have a problem with timing, and in politics timing is of the utmost importance. Consider the recent defenestration of David Bossie, for eighteen months chief investigator to Congressman Dan Burton's House Government Reform and...