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. 37, No. 2, March

Bigger Brother
Bigger Brother Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice and Peace to Rid the World of Evil by James Bovard (Palgrave-Macmillan, 440 pages, $26.95)The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their by Robert J. Stove (Encounter Books, 367 pages, $25.95)...
Bring Back Lent
ASH WEDNESDAY (February 25th this year) marks the beginning of Lent, the traditional Christian season of fasting, almsgiving, and penance. But do twenty-first-century Christians in America take Lent seriously anymore? And does it matter if they don't?...
Clinton's Leading Conservative Lady
BELINDA STRONACH COULD BECOME Canada's version of Arnold Schwarzenegger if she wins enough votes of paid-up party members to become head of the country's new Conservative Party in a March election. Only 37, she's rich, glamorous, photogenic, designer...
Controlling the Monster
MANY CONSERVATIVES are beginning to wonder whether re-electing George W. Bush is worth the effort. Although he has fought many a good battle, his propensity to spend the taxpayers' money and to let the government continue to expand-in fact to expand...
Correspondence
Speaking FreelyThe article by "Spencer Roane" on free speech ("Freedom of Speech Now Illegal," TAS, February 2004) is so important to the survival of our republic that I wish it could be sent to every American. If present trends are not soon reversed...
Deficits Don't Matter
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I AM WRITING about budget deficits again. The Bush administration's $520 billion deficit forecast for this year doesn't bother me, but the deficit phobia and media outcry are getting tiresome. I thought this had been resolved and...
Gang of One
Gang of One Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. with Mark W. Davis (Regnery Publishing, 231 pages, $27.95) Reviewed by Taki TheodoracopulosIT IS INCUMBENT upon a reviewer to disclose a bias or personal interest,...
Hanging Tree
AT 7 A.M. LAST MAY 28 the body of a black man was found hanging from a schefflera tree in Belle Glade, Florida. The dead man was Feraris Golden, a 32-year-old unemployed handyman; the woman who found him was Bernice Golden, his mother; the tree stood...
Home It
AS GEORGE PLIMPTON ONCE WROTE, there are few American males of a certain age who do not hear the crack of bat and ball in the spring and transport themselves to a distant time. Some revisit an old glory, others an old loss. Mine was in the bottom of...
In Vino Veritas
French wine superiority goes the way of French honorDON'T BOTHER TO DENY IT. Some time in the past year, you violated the American boycott of French goods. Maybe it was a bottle of champagne you bought as a last-minute gift or that bottle of Bordeaux...
Munich Fest
MUNICH'S ANNUAL SECURITY policy conference-once called Wehrkunde, roughly "military science"-has become a fortress. It takes place at the Bayrischer Hof hotel, in the heart of the Bavarian capital, minutes' walk from the town hall with its famous Glockenspiel...
Our Florence Nightingale
Our Florence Nightingale Stet, Damnit! The Misanthrope's Corner, 1991-2002 by Florence King (National Review Books, 506 pages, $29.95) Reviewed by Colby CoshIT IS DAUNTING to be charged with composing a notice of Stet, Damnit!, the valedictory anthology...
Our New Best Friend
Our New Best Friend Allies: The U.S., Britain, Europe, and the War in Iraq by William Shawcross (Public Affairs Press, 262 pages, $20) Reviewed by Alfred S. RegneryREADERS MAY BE SURPRISED to learn that William Shawcross has published a book that defends...
Post-Cold War Propaganda
THE HISTORY OF ANY WAR IS DIFFICULT to disentangle from its propaganda-and not only the official propaganda. In a way the official propaganda is the easiest to pull free of. Too easy, indeed, since we are liable to overlook those places where the official...
Potomac Profligates
Are Republicans up to the challenge of reining in Big Government?A LTHOUGH MANY SAW THE REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER of the executive branch as a big opportunity to roll back big government, those hopes have been frustrated, particularly since 9/11. The free...
Remembering Doc Counsilman
WASHINGTONMY FIRST GAUCHERIE COMMITTED ill our nation's capital came in 1970. I was traveling with Vice President Spiro Agnew, the acerbic pol who for obvious reasons was trying to coax me away from The American Spectator to become one of his speech...
Set in Granite
Inside stories from New Hampshire, frozen in time.NEAR THE ALTON TRAFFIC CIRCLE, off the long wooded road between Concord and Manchester, is a large, painted sign that reads "Welcome to Cow Hampshire." A smiling wooden bull, painted in a faux Disney...
The Continuing Crisis
An arctic January evanesced into an equally uncongenial February, leaving only Mr. Al- Gore in extremis over Global Warming. In another manifestation of his ineffable timing, the apparently heavily sedated former vice president chose January 15-New York's...
The Living Hell of Bill Moyers
IN A WAY YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT, Bill Moyers resembles Lenin. Maxim Gorky (sycophantic Soviet author who died in 1936) told us that Lenin enjoyed Beethoven's Appassionata sonata, but couldn't bear to listen to music very often. It made him want to say "sweet...
The Second Term Diet
Tired of out-of-control government spending?Then re-elect the President and his reform agenda.WHEN THE REPUBLICANS BECAME THE MAJORITY PARTY ill the House and Senate in January 1995, federal spending was 21.7 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP)....
True Confessions
SATURDAYGUESS WHERE I AM. No, you'll never guess. Well, res, you might guess. No, you can't guess.I am at a huge old Miami Beach hotel ailed the Fontainebleau Hilton. It used to just the Fontainebleau. It is on a stretch Collins Avenue that apparently...
Why Did It Happen?
The Spectator Interview: John F. LehmanA member of the 9/11 Commission speaks out of school-at a restaurant.As secretary of the navy under Ronald Reagan, John Lehman presided over the rebuilding of America's fleet. he left the hallowed halls of government...