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. 9, November

Allen for President!
WOMEN TAKING CHARGE IS IN. Conservative Angela Merkel has become Germany's first female leader. Political pundits endlessly speculate about a possible Hillary Clinton vs. Condi Rice match-up in 2008. Polls show three-quarters of Americans are ready to...
Among the Sane
TUESDAYA BIG, DEPRESSING AND AT THE SAME TIME Uplifting day. My father-in-law, the magnificent Colonel Dale Denman, Jr., of Prescott, Arkansas, is to be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. He passed away on September 4,2004, but because the...
Anniversary Hues
THE YEAR WAS 1955, I wasn't quite six, and for the first time I learned what a major anniversary was. No, not exactly the 10th marking the end of Word War II, but something that went hand in hand with it: my parents' 10th. Already I knew that if they...
A Six-Course Feast
A Six-Course Feast In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War by David Reynolds (RANDOM HOUSE, 656 PAGES, $35)THIS REMARKABLE BOOK, which won the Wolfson History Prize when it was published in Britain in 2004, tells the...
Chirac's Fin De Règne
ONE OF THE PIQUANT POLITICAL PLEASURES of France is the contrast it offers between its democratic pretensions and the feudal reality of its republican monarchy. Having made five stabs at becoming democratic since 1789, with as many constitutions and...
Chronic Pessimists
AT A DINNER PARTY NOT LONG AGO, a friend who stays current with the news, but is not an investment professional or academic, was surprised to learn that the unemployment rate in France was 10 percent, more than double that of the U.S. She had assumed...
Correspondence
Checking IDThe first four letters (TAS, "Correspondence") in your September issue, by Messrs. Smith, Watson, Ross, and Seitz attacking Dan Peterson for the effrontery of his article on Intelligent Design all seem to have one thing in common: they do...
Current Wisdom
The HillAt Brown University, Senator Jean-François Kerry is caught speaking in tongues, this time the tongue of a catatonic imbecile:Michael Brown is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam-dunk intelligence; what...
Education: The Next 50 Years
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION is, on one level, an industry like all others with schools producing a service that is consumed by the nation's children. On another level, elementary and secondary education is unique, an industry on which the whole...
Friends and Elites, Chickens and Coyotes
The border games along Claifornia's southern border have taken on an ugly leftist coloring.San DiegoWADE ROWLEY WAS IN THE MILITARY for 23 years and for a time commanded a National Guard unit sent to improve the infrastructure along the United StatesMexico...
George W. Bush: A Loss for Conservatism?
BEFORE NIXON WAS NOMINATED in 1968, newly elected California Governor Ronald Reagan gave him a good run for his money, and actually came within striking distance, at the convention, of getting the nomination. Nixon beat Reagan back with the help of Barry...
Global Preachers
WHO ARE THE GREAT EVANGELISTS of our day, making a worldwide impact by their preaching of the gospel?In the latter part of the 20th century, two revered Christian leaders stood out as global preachers of the good news-Billy Graham and John Paul II. Although...
Google and the Guild
NEW YORKA LAWSUIT BY THE AUTHORS GUILD and sundry others against Google provokes some thought in me on writing, publishing, the Internet, and this wondrous thing called Google. The lawsuit alleges that vast copyright infringement is about to be perpetrated...
Not Alone Anymore
Not Alone Anymore Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed by Jonathan Aitken (DOUBLEDAY, 448 PAGES, $24.95)WHEN EUROPEAN LIBERALS THINK of the United States, they think-not without a curl of the lip-of born-again Christians. There is nothing uniquely American...
Patriots for Themselves
Patriots for Themselves A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianization of Europe by Paul Belien (IMPRINT ACADEMIC, 384 PAGES, $49)IN THE LAST FEW YEARS Belgian politicians have passed a law empowering them to arrest anyone for...
Politically Incorrect Science
READERS MAY HAVE NOTICED that science has been my preoccupation lately. That is because I have been writing a book. Regnery Publishing is putting out a "Politically Incorrect Guide" series, and mine is the third, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science....
Put Hillary Clinton under Oath!
Bill was caught in Perjury-what will we hear from her?Peter Paul is a man on a mission.As a former Clinton Business Associate and Supporter, he witnessed first hand the tactics and "do what it takes" approach to getting what Bill and Biliary wanted in...
Rediscovering Columbus Day
Rediscovering Columbus DayWASHINGTONAUTUMN IN NEW YORK"-the words cascaded from Sinatra on my iPod, and I was on my way. It was a perfect time to spend a few days in Manhattan. "Why does it seem so exciting," Old Blue Eyes crooned on. My answer to him,...
The Bubling Pot
America's political establishment is completely out of touch with public opinion on the subject of uncontrolled immigration. How long before our politics boil over?DURING HIS SECOND DEBATE with Walter Mondale back in 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan...
The Continuing Crisis
By the end of September Hurricane Katrina became the first hurricane ever to be attributed to a sitting American president, namely President George W. Bush-and he had the gall to call himself a "compassionate conservative"! Up there in the Kultursmog...
The Desolate City
Long before Hurricane Katrina, life in New Orleans was solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.IF THE POLITICAL LEFT CONTROLS the historical account of New Orleans' Great Flood, it will be an outrageously blinkered one. So far the left's dissection...
THE SEDUCTION OF Cognac
You don't just drink this stuff.IN YOUTH, ONE BECOMES ACQUAINTED with the pleasures life offers. The rest of one's days are spent attempting to resist those pleasures-because they are illegal, immoral, or fattening. But cognac offers pleasure there is...
This President & Us: Insularity from Conservatives Is Proving Costly
WHEN PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH called us to lunch in the Rose Garden the sun was high in the sky, a breeze rustled the shrubbery, and his dog was pursuing a squirrel, possibly several squirrels-they all look alike to me. Charlie Black, one of the Bushes'...
When Evangelical Colleges Turn Liberal
You HAVE HEABD OF THOSE evangelical colleges. There are the brand names-like Wheaton, Gordon, Houghton, Calvin, and Seattle Pacificbut there are also dozens of others, all told 102 members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU),...
Willing Executioners
Willing Executioners Hitler's Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East by Edward B. Westermann (UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KANSAS, 329 PAGES, $34.95)GENTLEMEN, WE ARE NO MURDERERS," declared Hans Frank, Adolf Hitler's handpicked governor-general...