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. 33, No. 8, October

Abbie Roads
We're all yippies now, living lives of empty theatrics. This political campaigning season is the ideal time for the release of a new movie about the life of Abbot "Abbie" Hoffman, who did so much to create the style of postmodern politics perfected since...
About This Month
It wasn't exactly a summer vacation, but I spent it anyway at the two major conventions. Instead of books I read speeches, tons of them. Instead of watching crowds at the beach, I observed them at the arena. Instead of long walks, I went on long bus...
Alien Crossings
Iga Robles and her husband Frank live just eight blocks from the international boundary that separates Douglas, Arizona, from the Mexican city of Agua Prieta. For years men have illegally crossed the border on their way north looking for work. Mrs. Robles...
And the War Memorial Came
Is this the way to commemorate World War II? One of the succinctly eloquent phrases of the English language is on the wall to the left of the seated Lincoln in his Memorial on the Washington Mall. His Second Inaugural exegesis of the Civil War that ends...
Correspondence
Deeper Into Deutch Byron York's article on John Deutch, former director of the CIA, omitted one salient fact: Deutch has served his country with distinction for a good part of his adult life ("Deep in Deutch," TAS, July/August 2000). I had the pleasure...
Dame Jane
Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics Jane Alexander PublicAffairs/322pages/$25 REVIEWED BY Philip Terzian You may recognize Jane Alexander, the stage and TV actress who always looks as if she is posing for an equestrian statue-as...
Diamonds and Death
How could Clinton even dare show his face in Africa? In July, an international panel assembled by the Organization of African Unity issued a report on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Some 800,000 people were murdered in loo days, and as the report said,...
Giving the People All the Painkillers They Don't Need
"Feeling Your Pain": The Explosion and Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years James Bovard St. Martin's Press / 426 pages / $26.95 The 1992 presidential election may perhaps best be described as the triumph of empathy over experience. The...
Going Too Far
I am told that there is a move afoot in Congress to make hypocrisy the national flower. Some of you will object that hypocrisy is not a flower. Doubtless there are those in Congress who would respond that it all depends on the meaning of the word "flower."...
Gordo
Leap of Faith: An Astronaut's Journey Into the Unknown Gordon Cooper with Bruce Henderson HarperCollins / 279 pages / $25 Large as they loom in memory, there wasn't a six-footer among them. Strictly a matter of regulations: each of the Original Seven...
Gore's Lost Cause
I fall the conventional wisdom of this year's political season were condensed into a single, cliche-filled panel discussion, the assembled pundits- no names, please-might characterize the coming election this way: "The public has not been paying attention...
Hymn to Him
Los Angeles ONE THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC National Convention's opening night is that Hillary Clinton didn't introduce Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton introduced Bill Clinton-in a video all about Him, in between the Clintons' two speeches. Not...
King Weasel
Thank God for Robert Lee Yates, Jr. If it weren't for Yates,, the just-arrested serial killer who kept Spokane on edge by systematically offing prostitutes and junkies for kicks, George Nethercutt would be the most notorious person in eastern Washington....
No Debating
One of the absurd conceits of our political class is its members' belief that they greatly relish nothing more during a campaign than a good old-fashioned political debate. Bush vs. Gore, bring the boys on! Let the cameras record the epic struggle. Every...
People of Color; Sizes; Horsing around; the Scream
August, au revolt. The Campaign 2000 presidential race began with a kiss planted upon his wife's outstretched lips by Al-Gore, the first Egyptian citizen ever to be nominated by a mainstream American political party-if you can call the Los Angeles Democrats...
Politics as Sideshow
Markets and interests impose their own gridlock. Somehow it's hard to get excited. I watched the conventions, or parts of them, but my heart wasn't in it. Millions must have felt the same way. I did make a point to watch Al Gore's acceptance speech....
Prime Stein
Sunday I'm on a US Air flight from LAX to Philadelphia. Gosh, I like this airline. It's not well known, but US Air has great service, the best food in the air, and always seems to get me in on time. I'm a happy guy right now. I'm watching a clever movie...
The Catholic Vote
Active Catholics are more likely than ever to vote GOP In 1960 John F. Kennedy won 83 percent of the Catholic vote while defeating Richard Nixon by fewer than 115,000votes. Four years later Lyndon Johnson won 79 percent of Catholic voters in his landslide...
The GOP Barely Manages
If it didn't have bad press, it would settle for none at all. I have an announcement to make: Effective immediately, I'm going over to the "liberal mainstream media." Don't get me wrong. Dubya's a fine fellow with a solid conservative agenda who'll make...
The Latest, Greatest Waco Whitewash
After the FBI finally admitted last August that it had fired pyrotechnic rounds on April ig, 1993, at Waco before a fire broke out that killed scores of women and children, Attorney General Janet Reno scrambled to defuse public outrage by hand-picking...
TWA 800's Final Dissent
The woman who called Al Gore and Jim Hall's bluff. As the National Transportation Safety Board convened its final hearing into the TWA 800 case on August 22, Miami-based aviation safety activist Victoria Cummock boarded a transcontinental flight to take...
Whit Stillman, Novelist
The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards Whit Stillman Farrar, Straw & Giroux 339 pages /$24 REVIEWED BY George Sim Johnston We all know that great novels often make bad movies. Hollywood has made a hash of The Great Gatsby...
Who's Kidding Who?
Love it or Lieberman, or something like that. Osbourne Chauncey de Pew the III was in a tizzy. Osbourne the III had nothing against Jews, especially if he got sick since every Gentile knows Jews are the best doctors. To Osbourne, Jewish lawyers were...
Why the Death Penalty Works
The news WILL KILL opponents of capital punishment, but MURDER RATES go down when execution numbers GO UP. Some day when the smoke has cleared in the presidential election and either George Bush, Jr. or Al Gore, Jr. is sitting in the Oval Office, somebody...