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. 42, No. 2, March

A Day in the Life
TUESDAYINAUGURATiON day. Big, big day. I awakened at about 8:45 to listen to Mr. Barack Obama's speech. My cable TV at my home here in Malibu has not worked for about five years. But I have my trusty radios so I made my breakfast and listened.It was...
A Modern-Day Bleak House
The legal inheritance of Anna Nicole Smith.More than 150 years ago, Charles Dickens mocked the delays and foot-dragging in England's chancery system of litigation in one of his finest works, Bleak House. Central to the story, delivered to readers at...
Avoiding Disaster in Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN is a land mine. If not handled properly, it will blow a hole in the Obama presidency before the midterm elections. Peering down the barrel of the Afghan war, Yogi Berra would have said, "Don't make the wrong mistake."With Iraq consuming 4,000...
Bio-Fools
PRESIDENT OBAMA DREW RAVE REVIEWS for his unorthodox selection of Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the nation's surgeon general. Not only is Dr. Gupta an accomplished neurosurgeon, but as CNN's in-house doc he has also proven himself a bona fide celebrity. People...
Current Wisdom
New YorkerThe suave New Yorker catches Congressman John Lewis in another spasm of trite soap opera:Obama's promise to shut down Guantánamo, to outlaw torture and begin reversing immediately some of the most egregious policies of the Bush era, gave Lewis...
Defrosting Nixon
RICHARD NIXON IS HAVING yet another comeback. As his biographer I always thought he would find a way of running again for some extraterrestrial office. Instead, his latest resurrection has been caused by Hollywood, or, to be precise, by Frank Langella,...
Elite Escapism
Crappy days are here againThe skies above are drear againSo let's sing a song of fear againCrappy days are here again.SINCE THERE'S NO ELECTION ON FOR A WHILE- and, when there is, the economy will be the Obama administration's responsibility- it would...
Islam and Free Speech
Will the United States follow the UN's lead and go the way of Europe and Canada in appeasing politicized sensitivities?Is freedom of speech in America threatened by the political mobilization of Islam? People who warn about threats to free speech usually...
LaHood's Neighborhood
BARACK OBAMA MADE A CAMPAIGN PLEDGE to appoint Republicans to his cabinet in order to transcend old political divisions. In retaining Defense Secretary Bob Gates, a registered independent who has served GOP presidents, Mr. Obama picked a skilled technocrat.His...
Lincoln at 200
YOU HAVE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS PARTISANS, you have Second Inaugural fans. The Lincoln canon contains so much of which the American language is made that you have an embarrassment of riches. Personally I rather like the First Inaugural. It tends to be neglected,...
On the Prowl
Collateral DamageSome Obama administration insiders, including White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and environmental czar Carol Browner, face potential exposure for activities they undertook during the Clinton administration, thanks to President...
Osama Bin Elvis
All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama bin Laden. But tell that to the CIA and all the other misconceptualizers of the War on Terror.SEVEN YEARS AFTER Osama bin Laden's last verifiable appearance among the living, there...
Poets Galore and Subsidized Poets
AFTER BARACK obama was sworn in, Elizabeth Alexander read her "Praise Song for the Day." I hesitate to call it a poem because it had so little connection to poetry as that art has been understood for centuries, indeed millennia. It was so dismal that...
Promises, Promises
I FIND IT ENLIGHTENING to review the many promises made by incoming presidents over the years, and to then compare those promises with what they actually accomplished.The country is fixated on what Mr. Obama has promised and his big plans. With Washington...
That '70S Horror Show
Here it comes againand Jimmy Carter should sue for residuals.MANY ECONOMISTS HAVE BEEN WARNING that the policies of the last few years under the Bush administration followed by the coming economic populism of Barack Obama will lead the U.S. back into...
The Continuing Crisis
January witnessed the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, and the first of African Americanorigins,thoughMissToniMorrisonclaimed President Bill Clinton was America's "First Black President" and in the 1920s there were rumors about...
The Honeymooners
BARACK OBAMA RAN FOR PRESIDENT promising to Win back the respect of "the world," which George W Bush has alienated. So the big question is this: how long after Obama's inauguration will it take before "the world" begins to sour on him- begins to suspect...
The New Humanism
THE FAMILY IN WHICH I WAS RAISED WAS, in the matter of religion, typical of postwar England. There was no objection to the children receiving Christian instruction at school, and performing there a daily act of worship. There was no objection to chapel...
Why the World Is Getting Warmer, Even Though It Is Getting Colder
THE SCIENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT global warming. The data does not support global warming. Increasingly around the world, the voting public does not support global warming regulation, seeing no justification for throwing taxpayer money at a nonexistent problem.The...