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. 32, No. 9, September

About This Month
Increasingly our lives revolve around a single incident that becomes all the rage for a week or two only to disappear without a trace. Since we last spoke there was Brandi Chastain's Word Cup, followed by the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., followed by...
A Future That Can't Work
The right to watch smut is the only one we'll still possess. Summer, as anyone who has ever sampled a blockbuster (or even a mere block-cracker) can testify, has become the season for post-modernist fantasy to run riot. Not that such fantasies cannot...
A House Divided
Friday There is something about real estate that does not love a new owner. Property is different from stock or bonds or that best of lovely assets, money in the bank, neatly ticking away earning interest without fuss or muss. It has a character of its...
American Restoration
Forget celebrity-our country is desperate for a king. One of the endearing features of the British press is their shameless lack of consistency. Having decided their angle on the story, they usually tire of it within 48 hours and start contradicting...
Camelot Cowardice
Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs Grayston L. Lynch Brassey's / I85 pages / $z4.95 In April 1961 the United States put a small exile force ashore in southern Cuba to overthrow the then stillyoung Communist regime of Fidel Castro. Two...
Choosing Uncle Joe over Uncle Sam
Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr Yale University Press /487 pages /$30 The damage that Senator McCarthy inflicted on his own country was not so much that he threatened civil liberties-thereby enabling subversives...
Correspondence
Unforgettable Mr. York's piece on corruption in the White House and likening it to the movie, Chinatown ("Forget It, Jake," TAS, July 1999), also reminded me of the movie version of Guys and Dolls, in which a character, Big Jule, a small-time hood from...
Father Confessor to the President's Men
Bob Woodward has been hearing the secrets of the might for almost three decades. But how much faith can his reporting inspire? Aside, perhaps, from a nightmarish concoction of the most bizarre moments of the Jackson, Harding, and Kennedy administrations,...
Give Me a Ring
WHEN I WAS THIRTEEN, I MUST CONFESS, I BRIEFLY wore a mood ring. The year was 1977, and if mood rings had ever been in any sense fashionable, that time was already passed. I bought mine in a motel gift shop during a family trip to Canada, drawing on...
Money for Nothing
Even though it was the early summer of 1995, more than a year before he would be nominated for a second term as president, Bill Clinton had a critical campaign decision to make. For months he had been struggling to recover his equilibrium after the Republican...
On Day at a Time
Are you convinced that Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for the Senate from New York? Her coyness fades daily as something approaching frankness takes its place. Most of the political pundits believe that Hillary's Senate campaign is already underway....
PCs in Our Time
Computers get cheaper, no thanks to government. On July 8, the Commerce Department released a report pointing to a wide disparity of Internet access between the majority of the American population and certain minority groups. In response, the very same...
Pinochet & His Enemies
The British House of Lords is traditionally a model of fusty decorum, where worthy speeches by elder statesmen are heard in silence, punctuated only by grunts of approval and the occasional post-prandial snore. All such conventions were abandoned on...
Prairie Goats
Where the antelope play-and men try to shoot them. We found the Antelope extreemly shye and watchfull insomuch that we had been unable to get a shot at them. -Meriwether Lewis September 17, 18o4 The day starts with coffee and gas at the Maverick. A fluorescent...
Render Not Unto Seizure
The GOP must choose between law and enforcement. The Justice Department last year confiscated 42,454 cars, boats, houses, stacks of cash, and other items of private property-booty valued at nearly $605 million. Federal agents can seize a person's property...
Rip Van Winkle in England
Even the cricket isn't what it used to be. In an interview with an English journalist, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post recently commented on the difference between the British and the American press. The separation of fact and opinion, so much touted...
Sovereign States
The Constitution immunizes them, finds the Court. The Supreme Court stirred a surprising flurry of controversy as it ended its 1998-99 term last June with three cases on the seemingly obscure topic of sovereign immunity. Some criticism was predictable....
Taking Issue
THE ISSUESoh, glowing term, preeminent in the minds of all political commentators and of political junkies everywhere. Both groups yearn for a field of political candidates who addresses THE ISSUES. Yes, of course, and they all liked summer school and...
Term Busters
KEY MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN CLASS OF '94 SWEPT INTO CONGRESS PROMISING TO GET THE JOB DONE AND GET OUT. NOW THE TIME HAS COME TO LIVE UP TO THEIR PROMISES. TOO BAD THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL ARE THOSE THE HOUSE CAN LEAST AFFORD TO LOSE. Back in 1992, when...
That Garofalo Woman
America's ubiquitous and always annoying ingenue. Recently I tuned in to "The Tonight Show," where Jay Leno was holding forth with Janeane Garofalo. She was winding up a book tour and Leno asked if she was tired of it. "It's not that I'm fed up," she...
The Continuing Crisis
Nightmares and night crawlers; Sarah's drinking problem July has passed and with it The American Spectators long national nightmare. For over a year this magazine has been the only magazine in American history pursued by its own Independent Counsel....
Used and Abused and Here to Stay
The Conservative Revolution: The Movement That Remade America Lee Edwards Free Press /39I pages / $27.50 In the prologue to his splendid History of the Jews, Paul Johnson explained that "Writing a history of the Jews is almost like writing a history...
What No One Expected
Why is George W. Bush up and Al Gore down? It wasn't supposed to work out this way. One year ago the conventional wisdom was that Republicans would now be locked in a bitter and divisive multicandidate primary while Democrats prepared to crown Vice President...
Wwwar.reporting
Stratfor.com is changing the way we think about news. During the Sarajevo conference on rebuilding the Balkans, a British editor asked me for an article on Tony Blair. The prime minister, then just arrived in Pristina, was mewing over the killings of...