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. 35, No. 5, September/October

A GOP Hispanic Heroine
To everyone, that is, except the Republican Party Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, calls the Hispanic vote "our mis- sion and our goal," a project that Republicans "in every way and every day" must pursue. Are California Republicans...
Air Marshal Kudlow
On Cutting Taxes, Growing the Market & Whacking Iraq How many supply-siding, flag-wearing Reaganauts get an hour every night in prime time to tout their friends, hold their enemies to the fire and lob political and intellectual hand grenades? Larry...
A Multilateralist Supreme Court
CONSTITUTIONAL OPINIONS The Atkins ruling steers us close to an iceberg that could someday blow a hole in the Constitution. he Supreme Court provoked a bit of a stir back in June, when it ruled that capital punishment could not be imposed on murderers...
Ben Stein's Diary
SUNDAY Beverly Hills It is summer here in Southern California. The days are cookie-cutter perfect week after week. Balmy skies, no humidity, afternoon breezes, cool nights. The best part is that our son, the handsome but academically rebellious Tommy,...
Blind Spots on the Resurgent Right
Europe's newly empowered center-right parties are doomed to fail unless they change their tune on immigration Iga is a woman in her mid-40s with a husband, three children and a farm in one of the former republics of the Soviet Union. Last winter she...
Bubble Heads
Why look at data? If housing is so strong, it must be the latest outburst of irrational exuberance. With a Republican in the White House, the mainstream press will always find something wrong with the economy. Remember the 1980s? Who can forget the daily...
Celebrating My 40th Anniversary
CAPITOL IDEAS Old-timers are notoriously inclined to confuse personal with national decline. I write on August 28, which is the 40th anniversary of my arrival in these United States. It is a date I am always conscious of. The changes since 1962 have...
Correspondence
Many Nappy turns YA-HOOO!! When my Spectator came this month, it sat on the coffee table for several days without being opened because I just didn't have a lot of enthusiasm about opening it. When I did, it was WOW! They are back! I had intended to let...
Enough Already-We're Ready
Can there ever be too much of a bad thing? Not if the anniversary commemorations of Nine-Eleven are any indication. In some quarters they may still be ongoing even as you read this, weeks and months later. It's as if a country that had never been violated...
Evergreen and the Unions
It took three weeks after the 2000 election to figure out who would control the U.S. Senate, because the photo-finish race in Washington state had to go through a full recount. When Democrat Maria Cantwell finally defeated GOP incumbent Slade Gorton...
Fat City Prohibitionists
-WASHINGTONHow did the Prohibitionists take the news? I am thinking of the Prohibitionists, who are patrolling our diets and lifestyles always with their loyal servitors, the trial lawyers, at their side. The news I have in mind is that George W. Bush,...
Feeling Superior: Looking Down Is the Best Revenge
Snobbery The America Version BY J03041 EPSTEIN Now York Houghton Mifflin/274 pages/$25.00 There is no learning experience quite so delightful and memorable as the discovery of another person's flaws. That is probably what makes snobbery such a fundamental...
Guzzling with the Ghosts
THE GREAT AMERICAN SALOON SERIES The plan was simple. The Chaplain and I would undertake an extended pub crawl through Richmond's Fan District. This was no minor assignment. The 85-block Victorian residential area hosts around 50 bar/restaurants. At...
Here's Johnny!: President John Edwards? in the Footsteps of Carter and Clinton
Sen. John Edwards, the always cool first-term Democrat from North Carolina, seemed just a tiny bit ruffled as he lunched with me and his attractive wife Elizabeth in the U.S. Senate's private dining room for senators. Asked to describe his ideology,...
Inconvenient Facts, Uncomfortable Analyses
The War Against the Terror Masters Why It Happened. Where We Are Now. How We'll Win. MICHAEL A. LEDEEN St. Martin's Press/262 pages/$24.95. Wars usually don't begin with a debate over the identity of the enemy America has always responded, as we did...
Memorandum to the President
FROM: George Gilder and Iret Swanson RE: Leading on the Economy... Purging Darman's Chest Let's get one thing straight right off the bat. The stock market is the economy. The $100-trillion balance sheet of the United States dominates all other economic...
Picking at Bones
Secrets of the Tomb Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power BY ALEXANDRA ROBBINS Little. Brown/240 pages/$25.95 Back when Slate editor Jacob Weisberg was a Yale student interning in Washington, D.C., he once got a phone call from...
Postmod Squad
THE TALKIES The entirely predictable success this summer of the third of Mike Myers Austin Powers films, Austin Powers in Goldmember, is a confirmation, if any were needed, that in the popular culture everything aspires to the condition of self-parody....
Red Rabbit Is Rich
Red Rabbit BY TOM CLANCY G.P. Putnam's Sons 618 page/$28.95. Those of us who love Tom Clancy love him for his spectacular virtues as a writer and acknowledge at the same time that he has spectacular faults. He sings the hymns of patriotic heroism better...
Reform!
Reform! That is the heroic declamation of all Washington's would-be Roosevelts. Shake up the system! Throw out the Old! Welcome the New! To live in Washington is to live in the shadow of some very exciting people. Yet the Reform! rarely arrives. The...
Return to the Philippines
When the Philippine senate voted in 1991 to end the leasing agreement it had with the United States over Clark Air Field and the naval base at Subic Bay, it probably didn't anticipate its country becoming a haven for Islamic terrorists and the next front...
Rock & Roll, R.I.P
REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD'S WORST MUSIC OCCASIONED BY THE ROLLING STONES' 2002 TOUR When, at the end of the first winter of the first year of the 21st century, John Phillips, the Mamas and the Papas' Irving Berlin, expired, those members of the 1960s...
Still the Same
-WASHINGTONThere is a habit of mind, among pundits and TV's talking heads, of apprising Americans of how they "feel" or what they "think" about this or that. Frankly, when I hear one of these mind readers making such a presumptuous asseveration, I reach...
Take out Saddam
-WASHINGTONTo those of us with a memory for American military action in the world, the sudden and seemingly increate controversy over whether to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein is another example of public persons frivoling with serious matters. Of course,...
The Continuing Crisis
LATE SUMMER 2002 evanesces into history, after having proven to be a public relations calamity for eco-freaks everywhere, especially the arboreally excitable. For instance, there is Wren, or Miss Wren, who The New York Times tells us sits in an old tree...
The Good Intentions Paving Co
Heaven on Earth The Rise and Fall of Socialism BY JOSHUA MURAVCHIK Encounter Books/417 pages/$27.95 To comfort the afflicted is perhaps the most spontaneous, the most natural impulse of religious duty in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The pressure that...
Top of the World: The Reagan Ranch, 1981-1989
Ronald and Nancy Reagan purchased Tip Top Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California on November 13,1974. They renamed it Rancho del Cielo-Ranch in the Sky, or Sky Ranch. Rancho del Cielo lies 27 miles north of Santa Barbara, up a narrow, steep road that...
You Can't Be Serious
HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE BY TOBY YOUNG Da Capo PRess/ 340 pages/$24 REVIEWED BY Marc Carnegie If you've ever wanted to elbow your way into the slipstream of American celebrity, announcing your genius with a bottle of whisky in one hand...