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. 38, No. 2, March

A Tale of Two Administrators
LISTEN, MY CHILDREN, and you shall hear the tale of two university administrators. It is a story about what you are allowed to say in universities today-or, more particularly, about what you are not allowed to say. But I promise a happy ending.A couple...
Christian Kiev
The Ukrainian people are familiar with religious repression, which was practiced unmercifully by the Soviets.EMPIRES DON'T DIE EASILY. Thus, the successful election-finally-of Viktor Yushchenko is a great victory and blow to Russian President Vladimir...
Coogler Laureate 2004
IT IS AWARD TIME IN AMERICA. In all the precincts of intellectual and cultural endeavor the hubbub is beginning. Even in sport the excitement is being felt. Will this year's Most Valuable Player in the NFL be a defensive player, an offensive player,...
Correspondence
Topsy-TurvyI am always delighted when your magazine arrives. The February issue was handed to me upside down and I said to myself "Oh, here's Clinton." Try looking at it that way. It's absolutely spooky. Right side up you can see clearly it is Chuck...
Current Wisdom
Boston GlobeA Globe reporter ventures out to h istoric Lexington, Massach usetts, to interview Kerry diehards on the eve ofGWB's second Inauguration and finds a patriot about to become an urban guerrilla, varicose veins and all:Yet out of this despondency...
Hell, Yes!
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER, the Reverend William Aitken, who was the Presbyterian Minister of Newcastle, New Brunswick, from about 1860 to 1900, often preached sermons on the terrors of hell. One Sunday morning he was warming to his familiar theme, advising...
IN MEMORIAM: James McClellan, RIP
JIM MCCLELLAN was handicapped by his own virtues. He was too creative and forthright to be comfortable in the academy, where all the dullards were department chairmen and all the trimmers were deans. Yet he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the...
Men at War
Men at War Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain American and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright (Putnam, 354 pages, $24.95)EVAN WRIGHT, A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR for Rolling Stone, was embedded in Iraq with the Marines of First Recon, an...
Midsize Man
TO ME, THE MOST INTERESTING THING about the election just past was the debut upon the political stage of a new and powerful electoral interest that, although it has been around for a long time, has suddenly appeared in a new and more potent form-no longer...
Million Dollar Lungs
Insulated by greed, trial lawyers sweep aside the real asbestos victims.IT BEGINS WITH A SHORTNESS OF BREATH and maybe a nagging, aching pain in the chest or back. It's the sort of pain most of us easily dismiss as the signs of a potential flu or cold....
New Fuel for Scandal
Boeing, John McCain, and the aging Air Force tanker.ENVY THE BRITS. Their government scandals always seem to include steamy sex between a minister and some hottie the tabloids can display in dishabille. Sadly, unless one of the Clintons is involved,...
Oh, Jerusalem
PEOPLE TAKE their religion seriously in the Middle East. Things that happened eight centuries ago often seem like yesterday.For example, do you know the story of the Dome of the Rock? Jerusalem is the "City of Three Faiths." The Jews have been here since...
One Enchanted Evening
THE COMMITTEE for Western Civilization's seventh Inaugural Ball, entitled "Salute to Public Service" and celebrating the second Inauguration of President George W. Bush, was one of the more anticipated events of the Washington season. Held at the former...
Pilgrim's Progress
WHAT IS THAT? WE HAD TAKEN OFF from Newark airport. Night had fallen, and my squeamish stomach was beginning to relax. Above the heads of passengers was a monitor now alive with some sort of map, followed by kilometers and miles and times of day, then...
Secure in Galveston
CRITICS OF REFORMING SOCIAL SECURITY are using scare tactics to argue that allowing workers to use some of their payroll taxes to set up personal retirement accounts will expose them to unpredictable stock market risks. But there are real-world examples...
Sonntag in the Park with Chomsky
AN OBSCURE 1984 FILM called Brother From Another Planet featured an empathetic alien from outer space who dropped into Harlem, only to find out, surprise, surprise, that he really did not belong in New York. All the while alien bounty hunters came crashing...
The Bush Reinauguration
A day of vision, disunity, and Islamic outreach.IN 1829, A DELIRIOUS MOB followed Andrew Jackson back to the White House after his Inaugural swearing in ceremony and trashed the place, forcing Jackson to spend the evening at a local hotel. It was a scene...
The Continuing Crisis
January passed, all 31 days of it, with the casualty list of history's deadliest tsunami climbing steadily towards 200,000 and probably beyond. Yet still no Islamofascist terror group has appeared on Al Jazeera, the Arab world's equivalent of CNN, to...
The Decline of the Liberal Faith
LIBERALISM, AMERICAN-STYLE, is dying on the vine. I refer to the faith of liberalism-the belief in "the redemptive transformation of human society through political means," as William Pfaff puts it in his new book, The Bullet's Song. Programmatic liberalism-Social...
The Gipper's Pen
The Gipper's Pen Reagan's Path to Victory: The Shaping of Ronald Reagan's Vision: Selected Writings edited by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson (Free Press, 560 pages, $35)THE DEATH OF RONALD REAGAN last June sparked an explosion...
The Insider's Crystal Ball
Want to know a secret? Well, my friend, then today is your lucky day. Because today I'm going to share with you a little-known, but vital source of the world's most valuable commodity-useful information.I'm going to tell you where true insiders turn...
The Misuses of Compassion
LIBERAL PUNDITS HAVE BEEN EXERCISING their genius to deny that the presidential election produced a mandate of any kind, but the Supreme Court in January provided some rather unequivocal evidence that it did. The Court refused to review a judgment of...
The Wealthy Uninsured
IF WE WISH TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE Without health insurance, the solution lies in reducing government involvement in health care. That sentence probably makes sense only to folks on the right. And now let me hit you with a sentence that will make...
Touring the Al Gore Presidential Library and Museum
Why didn't Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Carter attend its opening?ALMOST OBSCURED BY THE CLIMBING pink orchids and dense sub-tropical foliage in Boca Raton, Florida, a one-story, somber post-modern building of concrete and glass rises from the...
Ukraine's Unreported Revolution
VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO WAS SWEPT TO POWER BY THE FORCES OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.A LARGE PART of what's at stake here is the future of Christianity in this part of the world," said Paul Marty, president of a Pennsylvania-based NGO called HOPE International, to...
Visiting Hours
NEW YEAR'S DAYWHAT ARE YOU IN HERE FOR?" I asked the gaunt man with glasses sitting on the far edge of a bed in Building 215, the Convalescent Building, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Westwood. It is a Spanish-style building obviously of...