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. 43, No. 5, June

Alphaomegaizing the Conservative Movement
"For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old."- Paul Krugman, New York Times, Oct. 4, 2009"The 'movement'- that began 50 years ago with...
Barque of St. Peter in Troubled Waters
THE OTHER DAY MY WIFE AND I went to the Pontifical High Mass at the National Shrine in Washington. The occasion was the fifth anniversary of Benedict XVFs papacy. The pope has gone out of his way to revive the old Mass (Tridentine rite), and the organizers...
Current Wisdom
Wall Street JournalThe clever editors at the invaluable Wall Street Journal publish yet another impenetrable column by their house Liberal. Thomas Frank, in their ongoing clandestine intrigue to demonstrate the tediousness of the Liberal mind:Indeed,...
Hating the Middle Class
WASHINGTONTHE LIBERALS HATE THE MIDDLE CLASS. There, 1 said it, and I am glad. Once again I am a truth teller, in this case speaking Truth to Stone Heads. So certain am I of the truth of my asseveration that I honestly doubt any Liberal will take issue...
Making the LAX-JAX Connection
MONDAYUGH. a terrible travel day. After a long delay, my flight to DFW to connect with one to Orlando was abruptly canceled. My crafty travel agent got me on another one via SLC to Orlando on Delta. But I did not have an aisle seat and I get nutty, totally...
Not for Sale
We have allowed too many things in our world to be priced.From the beginning of civilization people have made a distinction between goods that can be freely exchanged in the market and goods that are too close to us to be bought and sold. Spiritual goods...
On Retreat
nOTHING IS SO LIKE GOD AS STILLNESS," Wrote the 14th-century German mystic Meister Eckhart. But where can this elusive environment of godly silence be found amidst our intrusive 21st-century cacophony of cell phones, computer games, and other noises?...
On the Prowl
Battle of New OrleansAt the recent Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where the stars were supposed to be the likes of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. the real stars were the behindthe-scenes players attempting to build momentum...
Political and Economic Suicide
President Lincoln once warned that our greatest danger, "if it ever reaches us, must spring up from among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot," Lincoln said, "we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men....
Quick Hits from Spectator.org
MOST OF THE ANGRY are not out marching in the streets, waving signs, or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night....
Rebels without a Clue
SAY WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THE Ne w York Times, its Arts section can save you a lot on theater tickets, particulariy if, like me. you have to come from ou t of town to see anything that's new on Broadway. Not that any ordinary person would want to see much...
Rent
IN THIS AGE OF TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS for most things, of redundant networks and backup files, there is still no contingency plan for the individualman or woman- who splits the seat of a pair of pants while at work or otherwise out in the world. The...
Tea and Sympathy
The tea party movement has acquired strange new respect- and not in Tom Bethell's original sense of the phrase, in which a conservative moves left and wins plaudits from the media. Rather, all of a sudden this spring, journalists seemed to realize that...
The Anti-Appropriations Committee
An old-way plan to curb spending and realign politicians' interests.THE PAINFUL JOKE in Washington, D.C.. is that while there are two political parties in America, there are actually three political parties in the U.S. Congress: Republicans, Democrats,...
The Dirty Dozen
Obama's most outrageous nominees.IF A MAN IS TO BE KNOWN by the company he keeps, then we know a lot about President Obama's ideology and priorities. After his election in 2008, he won praise for choosing such non-ideological advisers as Robert Gates,...
The Empress of ObamaCare
The recently passed health care law grants sweeping new powers to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.NANCY PELOSI HAS OFTKN HEEN referred to as "the most powerful woman in America" for her ability to wrangle votes for major legislation....
The Great Prophet 6 War
Inevitably coming soon: The execution of an Israeli war plan."The theocratic state adopted, in time, the features of a garrison state. In fact, Ayatollah Khamenei, who succeeded Khomeini as Iran's supreme leader, came to use his position as commander-in-chief...
The Problem with Cap and Trade
THE PENDING CLIMATE LEGISLATION that has spent so many months languishing in Congress was stripped of its initial momentum by the deep worldwide recession, the administration's failure in Copenhagen to get commitments from China sufficient to allay concerns...
The Reading Mind and the State of the Book
LAST month Thomas Nelson. Inc. published my twelfth book, After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Reeovery, and I have now spent several weeks on the campaign trail talking about it on radio, television, and at our conservative think tanks. The...
There He Gropes Again
WASHINGTONNOT SO LONG AGO there arose on the American political scene something called the Angry Left. It was an indignant group of ritualistic liberals whose appearance, the mainstream media apprised us, augured well for Democratic victory in 2008,...
What Stupak Hath Wrought
Is there still such a thing as a pro-life Democrat?BELIEVE IT OR NOT, this was supposed to be the year of the pro-life Democrat. Tired of taking a beating in culturally conservative parts of the country, in 2006 and 2008 national Democratic leaders actively...
When the Going Isn't Good
THE HUGE CLOUD OF POISONOUS ASH, spewed forth from an Icelandic volcano, is a painful reminder of our precarious dependence on air travel. It has shut down the airports of northwest Europe for a week and left 20 million people stranded. One of my sons,...