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. 7, September

A Curious Crowd
WASHINGTONWELL, WELL, WELL- now it appears that even the Soviet- strike that!- the Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is afflicted by the general mediocrity of the moment. There was never any reason to doubt that the Soviet grasp of the third-rate...
Among the Gibbering Journalists
WASHINGTONTHE OTHER DAY IN THE Wall Street Journal, my friend Fred Barnes deposited a few thoughts on journalism provoked by the discovery of a mother lode of left-wing bigotry, screeds, and semiliterate gibbering. He h astened to tell his readers -...
A Saintly Conscience
CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN (1801-1890) W3S at the center of many controversies and calumnies during his life. Ho is back in the headlines again, 120 years after his death, because his béatificationas the focal point of Benedict XVI's papal visit to Britain...
A Splendid, Precarious Victory
The Supreme Court has incorporated the Second Amendment. But the party of government power will continue its efforts to disarm the American people.THERE is NOW A CLASS OF PEOPLE in this country who at every turn seek to increase the power of government...
Caught in the Crossfire
The NRA has its opponents outgunned but suddenly finds itself in a shooting match with fellow conservatives.IN A RITUAL AS PREDICTABLE as hunting season, it's another election year and people are once again gunning for the National Rifle Association....
Contract Negotiations
WHEN OBAMA, REIH, AND PELOSI took combined power in January 2009, many Americans feared that they would maintain one-party rule of Congress and the presidency for many years.As 2009 progressed, however, Americans reacted quickly and negatively to the...
Current Wisdom
Frank Rich is on vacation.New York TimesHow did we miss this? A reviewer of Sam Tanenhaus'sThe Death of Conservatism cries the crocodile's tears for gloved ladies with parasols, men with pork chop sideburns, and God knows what other delusions he longs...
Here's Looking at You, Kid
FROM THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES t? Saint Germain des Près, the Bastille to posh Passy, Paris is the undisputed capital of giri watching. And with their pert presence, sense of style, and fashion flair, the ladies in question are indeed well worth a look. The...
How Enviros Obstruct the Border Patrol
MY WIFE AND I SOMETIMES ATTEND A "wild game dinner" on Capitol HiII. It's a lot of fun. People interested in environmental issues, some of them employed by congressional committees, almost all on the Republican side, discuss the latest "green" tactics....
Less Could Be More
WHEN THOMAS JEFFERSON FAMOUSLY SAID, "The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases," he wasn't merely talking about the politics of his day, but the politics of human behavior across generations and across continents. President...
Let Slip the Dogs of (Tax) War
To survive Obama, Maine can learn from Canada.Portland, MELIKE EVERYBODY ELSE IN HIS RIGHT MIND, I love Maine, and T fear for her future. In my case, the roots of love run deep. My grandmother came from Old York, just as, the family Bible records, did...
Pilgrimage to Albania
ALBANIA? WHY, of all the places to go in the world, would you choose to go to Albania?" That was the usual response from friends when they learned I'd just come back from this forgotten corner of Europe. I have found, I told them, that the most interesting...
Ruling against the Ruling Class
THE LIBERAL ELITE has been redefined. Call it the Ruling Class, and the rest of us the Country Class.In the last issue we published one of the longest pieces ever to appear in The American Spectator, Angelo Codevilla's "America's Ruling ClassAnd the...
Special Correspondence
Reviewing James Davison Hunter: An ExchangeIn the interest of full disclosure, I provided limited research assistance for Mr. Hunter's book. In addition, Mr. Malloch considers himself a personal friend of my grandfather, the late Sir John Templeton.Because...
Summer and Sandpoint
SATURDAYHERE ? AM up IN SANDPOINT. It is !ate July and it is hot, hot, hot. Really hot. I slept late, occasionally getting up to look out my window at Lake Pend Oreille. It was calm, dotted with sailboats for an upcoming regatta. There was not a cloud...
Swimming Pool
THEY'RE ALL ABOUT the passage of time, but summer is the only season that causes hurt when it's over. We all remember being ripped away from its freedoms and returned to the clutches of dread school. It sure has a way of spoiling you for life. We know...
The Continuing Crisis
July is adjourned, and none too soon for the Prophet Obama and his earthly spokesman. Vice President Joe Biden. In all the major polls the Prophet's approval ratings have slipped into the negatives, from -3 for Gallup to -12 for Rasmussen Reports, with...
The Idea of a University
THE POPE is ABOUT TO VISIT ENGLAND, and is expected during the visit to announce the beatification of CardinalJohn Henry Newman.the scholar, priest, and poet, who left the Anglican for the Roman Catholic Church in 1845, and who was to become the most...
The Legend of Helen Thomas
THERE ARE ALMOST AS MANY Helen Thomas awards in journalism as there are Robert C. Byrd federal buildings in West Virginia. The Society of Professional Journalists, which gives out the Helen - Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement, describes Thomas as...
The Pursuit of Happiness
MANNUAL SUMMER FILM SERIES for the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. was this year presented jointly with and on the premises of the Hudson Institute and focused on the theme of the Pursuit of Happiness. For reasons too tedious to go...
The Sad State of Progressivism
At the annual Netroots Nation conference, liberals reflect on where Democrats came up short.IN THE FIRST STAGE OF the Obama administration, Democrats enacted an $862 billion economic stimulus package, financial regulatory legislation, and a national...
Those Underpaid Government Workers
The recession has exposed just how nice and cozyand unaffordableworking for the government can be.WHAT RECESSION? Government workers are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. The private sector has lost 2.5 million jobs since the Obama administration's...