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. 8, October

A Dark Horse
The great Roy Campbell heaped wonderful abuse on the nihilist left, though that's hardly the only reason to treasure him.ONE OF THE MANY SERVICES rendered to the conservative cause by Henry Regnery, our publisher's father, was to befriend and publish...
A Little Bit of Economics
Our president knows it all about a subject he has no use for.THE SAME BARACK OBAMA WHO earlier declared himself "a student of history" has more recently become "a student of economics." According to reports out of the White House, the president combines...
America's Second-Best Idea
Documentarian Ken Burns takes us on a lovely stroll through our national parks and their history.KEN BURNS MUST BE RUNNING OUT OF GOOD IDEAS. The documentary filmmaker has famously done the Civil War, Lewis and Clark, baseball, jazz, Mark Twain, the...
Appeal to Authority
ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SOMETHING?" Richard Nixon asked Dan Rather at a March 1974 press conference."No, sir, Mr. President," the CBS newsman replied. "Are you?"Five months later, Nixon left the White House in disgrace. Three decades after that, Rather left...
Big Labor, Green Jobs
Shriveling unions look for a magic cure.THE LAST FEW DECADES have not been kind to the folks who brought you the weekend. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are around 16 million Americans on union rolls today. That figure is fully two...
Breathless
TUESDAYI AM GETTING PRETTY WORRIED. For about six months now, I have had maddening shortness of breath. It comes and goes. Sometimes I don't have it for weeks, and then it comes back. Sometimes it responds to antibiotics and sometimes it doesn't. It...
Correspondence
Among FriendsI have been an enthusiastic reader of Ben Stein in AmSpec for many years, and I must note that the amazing friendliness of most Americans that so surprises and delights Ben ("Liberty Weekend," TAS, July/August 2009) is, I believe, the way...
Current Wisdom
The NationIn the crazy correspondence page of the risible Nation, Sue Katz tells all. Get that lady's telephone numberBostonKatha Pollitt observes, "Nobody wants to hear, though, from middleaged women with relaxed and generous views about sex, let alone...
Ending in Arlington
I CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE, but years ago I read something that, politically speaking, captured the essential Ted Kennedy. He was doing some advance work before an appearance by his brother. One look at the auditorium or gym and he knew it was too big. He...
Health Care Amtrak-Style
NOWHERE IN THE DEBATE REGARDING health care has anyone asked if the government is able and qualified to run such a system. Before we ask government officials to manage universal health care, let's check them out.How successful has the federal government...
Is Everybody Happy?
WHAT MAKES A PROSPEROUS COUNTRY? Is this purely to do with economic factors or should wider issues be taken into account such as personal happiness, individual freedom, and spiritual faith? An innovative new American-led think tank, the Legatum Institute,...
Look at Me
IN OUR TIME, FREEDOM OF SPEECH is almost a True, we encounter some problems with multicultural sensitivities and especially Islamic ones. The craven decision by Yale University Press to reprint the Danish cartoons of the Muhammed in a book ostensibly...
NOT-SO-GENTLE Ben
Obama's risky Bernanke gamble.LAST DECEMBER IN THESE PAGES we concluded that George W. Bush's economic legacy will be remembered in history as a failure, in no small part because of the collapse of the dollar and the tripling in gold prices over the...
Obama's Carousel of Incompetence
WASHINGTONACCORDING TO THE GALLUP POLL, the Prophet Obama's job approval is at its lowest since his coronation. It began at 70 percent. Now it is at 51 percent. Equally glum, his disapproval rating has climbed from 11 percent to 42 percent. So what about...
On the Prowl
Internet DesignsWhile the Obama administration has done what it can to allay conservatives' concerns that Democrats-whether in Congress or in the federal bureaucracy- will reimpose the "Fairness Doctrine," it has quietly been trying to put in place policies...
Race to the Finish
I RECENTLY ATTENDED NETROOTS NATION, the annual gathering of America's liberal bloggers, to see how they were reacting to the first 200 days of the Obama administration and Democratic dominance of Congress.As I wandered the hallways of the cavernous...
Robert Novak, RIP
WASHINGTONIT TOOK CANCER OVER A YEAR to kill Bob Novak, and actually this was the fifth cancer that tried to kill him. Let that stand as a testimonial as to how tough this guy was. He was very tough. He worked long hours as a reporter and columnist....
Sarkozy's Left Turn
YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER: he was so unabashedly pro-American, he so admired our work ethic and free market capitalism, not to mention popular culture, that the French themselves called him Sarko l'Américain. When his Socialist political opponents sneered...
The Conservatives' Big Mistake
MANY CONSERVATIVES RIGHTLY WORRY about the economic impact of the liberal policy agenda emanating from Washington, D.C. They warn of a dollar collapse, tout gold as the investment of choice, and forecast that the stock market will not go higher. Many...
The Continuing Crisis
August passes, but not before our Nation's liberals gave themselves over to another of their pagan rituals. Senator Edward (Teddy) Kennedy assumed room temperature in the late hours of August 25. Apparently he was completely sober at the time and properly...
The World of Market Authoritarianism
China's winning model is leaving the U.S. and the West increasingly isolated.IN SEPTEMBER 1972 President Richard Nixon played the China card. It was a brilliant gambit; in one stroke he opened U.S. relations with Communist China and chilled Beijing's...
The Worst Years of Our Lives
The Woodstock Sixties brought everlasting harm to our politics and culture.MANNNNNNNNNN, OH, MAN! The return of Woodstock! Peace, love, all that good 'Sixties stuff! It's, like, soooo...Wacky, and more than a little sad, to contemplate?The 40th anniversary...
This Property Is Condemned
For thou hast lost thy princely privilege With vile participation-Henry IVIt was more than just wanting to be president. Teddy Kennedy felt it was his birthright. If it had not been for that ugly little incident on an unlit bridge on the night of July...
Twits, Twitter, and Tweets
I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT the huge hi-tech changes that have taken place since I first wrote for The American Spectator. That was in, oh, 1976. Very few people at the time realized just how far reaching the transformation would be-although I suspect that...