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. 12, December/January

About This Month
Just as I'm writing, a Boston TV interviewer has ambushed George W Bush. The questions weren't exactly soft balls: The interviewer wanted to know the names of the men running Chechnya, Taiwan, India, and Pakistan. Aside from President Lee Teng-hui of...
A Holiday of One's Own
MY FAVORITE THANKSGIVING IS one I spent in London a few years back. The weather was gray, of course, though warmer than what I was used to from Connecticut. I spent the day at the National Gallery, which I found mercifully uncrowded, followed by half...
A Textbook Performance
Architects of Victory: Six Heroes of the Cold War Joseph Shattan The Heritage Foundation 343 pages / $24.95; $14.95 paper The most appalling thing about the political heroes that Bill Bradley cited in the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire...
Authorized-And Definitive
Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II George Weigel Cliff Street Books-HarperCollins 992 pages / $30 There are several reasons why George Weigel's new biography of John Paul II is far and away the best papal biography to date. First, Weigel...
Baltimore's Little Caesar
Trial lawyer Peter Angelos wins (and loses) big time. Peter Angelos had a problem. The lawyer from Baltimore was making millions with his litigation against asbestos manufacturers on behalf of clients referred to him by the local unions with which he...
Books for Christmas
Our annual fist of hofidqy gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers. GEORGE ALLEN Thomas Jefferson, Writings, edited by Merrill D. Peterson. I have given hundreds of copies of this tremendous collection of Thomas Jefferson's autobiographical...
Correspondence
The King of Comedy Congratulations on adding Jackie Mason to your cast. My subscription is now secure for well into the next century. Several years ago I saw Mr. Mason's show and, while I'm not Jewish and missed a lot of the jokes and while my tastes...
Darwin's Hostages
A decision In Kansas to question evolution dogma has given rise to hysteria and intolerance. In 1995 the National Academy of Sciences, through its National Research Council arm, issued a set of national science education standards calling for "dramatic...
Federalism vs. Feminism
October was "National Domestic Violence Awareness Month." You didn't notice? Perhaps that's because the White House did not exactly trumpet President Clinton's official "proclamation" of this "Awareness Month" on September 30. Clinton aides knew full...
Fortunate Hoax
This Hatfield proved to be a real McCoy. As this is being written, J. H. Hatfield is nowhere to be found. The author of Fortunate Son is sure to turn up again, but for now, he says, it just isn't worth it. As he told the Drudge Report, he was only two...
Hard Guy Discourse
Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules Areas Timely and Important Today as Five Centuries Ago Michael A Ledeen St. Martin's Press /202 pages / $22.95 The world is crueler and more dangerous than most Americans like to believe...
McCain's Big Backers
Who needs public financing if the media love you? The establishment press has successfully focused our attention on the $57,186,658 Texas Governor George W. Bush raised in the first nine months of 1999. It is an impressive number and was cited by Lamar...
Neurotic Tittle-Tattle
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan Edmund Morris Random House / 874 pages / $35 As an acquaintance and long-standing admirer of the writing of Edmund Morris I looked forward to this book, determined to rise above early criticism of the format which mixes...
Postmortem
ccording to Jewish law and custom, the dead must be buried almost immediately. Maybe this derives from the extreme heat and lack of air conditioning in the desert where Jews come from. In any event, within minutes of my father's death, I was on my cell...
President Gore
Bill Carrick was tired and frustrated. It was the eve of the 1988 Iowa caucuses and Carrick, campaign manager for Rep. Richard Gephardt was angry at one of Gephardt's Democratic rivals. Tennessee Senator Al Gore had decided to make only token appearances...
Shoot the Messengers
Criticize U.S. China policy and kiss your career goodbye. The Clinton administration has demoted at least four top analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency who raised alarms about Chinese efforts to acquire sensitive U.S. military technology through...
Speaking for Himself
America's leading Palestinian voice is silent on why Christians like himself really have no place in the Arab world. A man writes his autobiography to justify himself, or show off, or earn money if he's famous, or bear witness, or kill time. Edward Said's...
That Listing Feeling
Don't be swayed by official lists-be your own guide. It's official: I have reached "Top 10, 25, 100, etc. List" overload. It was annoying enough when the American Film Institute issued its self-important roster of the top 100 American films of all time....
The Big Ban; Anti-Stuckism; a Hundred Pounds of Plastic
In Washington, October again became a true Oktoberfest for elected officials. Our President and the Congress conspired to break their own budget caps by over $40 billion, while claiming a $i billion surplus and offering no tax reduction worth a farthing....
The Bunker Millennium
The big day-January 1, 2000-is upon us. Most Americans hold few great expectations, aside from perhaps a four-alarm hangover and, with any luck, some exemplary college football. Yet one subgroup of Americans fears this will be a day like no other: When...
The Evolution Wars
Good science encounters a bad philosophy. The conference "Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe," sponsored bv the Wethersfield Institute, was held at the great hall of Cooper Union, in Manhattan. On the walls were photographs of presidents...
The Future Is Ours to See
With the twentieth century at our backs and the first presidential election campaign of the new millennium dancing before our eyes, it is about time we consider the future of American politics. What is more, let us consider the future of American libertarian...
The New Vulgarity
Not just filthy and crude, but arrogant and intolerant too. Recently, when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York threatened to withdraw the city's subsidy from the Brooklyn Museum of Art over a gratuitous insult to the Virgin Mary in an exhibition appropriately...
Toilets on the Potomac
We're not running out of water, but our commodes are. Toilets have once again become a national issue. The first time, during the 1980's, involved stories of $500 toilets purchased by the military, which quickly became a potent symbol of Pentagon waste....
Unborn Again: Bill Bradley
Show me the way not to fortune and fame," starts one of Bill Bradley's favorite poems. "Not how to win laurels and praise for my name, but the way to know the great story that Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory." At least that was a favorite...
Vive Quebec Libre!
It's the one place where smoking isn't a hate crime. So I'm watching TV and a gaunt, minimally made-up woman comes on, in grainy black and white. She was nine months pregnant, she says, when her husband attacked her. Luckily, the knife just missed their...
Waco Returns
But will John Danforth use all the new evidence? When the House hearings on Waco ended in August 1995, many Americans believed that the Justice Department, FBI, and Clinton administration had been caught repeatedly lying about what happened to the Branch...