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. 40, No. 8, October

Altruism and Selfishness
THE FIRST PIECE OF MORAL ADVICE that parents used to give their children was contained in the Golden Rule: Do as you would be done by. Christian parents backed this up with the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jewish parents with the commandment to "love...
A Rotten Affair
IT'S A REALLY SAD THING when a 14-year-old boy is a head taller than you, but for me, if s not just sad, if s a reality. My nephew Garrett, whom I haven't seen in six months, has experienced a growth spurt that has relegated me to a pudgy Smurf in his...
Atheist Chic
FAMILY VACATIONS ARE OVER, and the children have gone back to school For many of us, the time is right to reflect upon the summer of 2007.Part of the summer experience is to take the time to read a couple of bestsellers. This year, however, provided...
Bullish on 2008
THERE ARE REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC.THERE ARE FOUR REASONS for Republicans to approach November 2008 with optimism.First, much of the case for continued Democrat success is based on inertia. Democrats won the House and Senate in 2006 and therefore they...
Chafee at the Bit
Chafee at the Bit Primary Mistake: How the Washington Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign) By Steve Laffey (SENTINEL, 224 PAGES, $25.95)Reviewed by W. James Antle IIIIN THE LONG LIST OF REPUBUCAN REGRETS...
Current Wisdom
The Great Books SeriesPart-time anthropologist Bill Clinton records a typical African greeting prefatory to the customary outbreak of small arms fire:In Africa, where the first humans stood up on the savannah 150,000 years ago, some tribes have a remarkable...
Europe Was Yesterday
Europe Was Yesterday The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent By Walter Laqueur (THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS/ST. MARTIN'S PRESS, 243 pages, $25.95)Reviewed by Joseph A. HarrissOFTEN DECLARED IN ITS DEATH THROES Over the last 200 years, Europe has...
Georgias on My Mind
FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, TO TBILISI, GEORGIA, IS a long journey across continents, cultures, and huge divides of wealth. Yet having recently visited both capitals I can also say that both Georgias have much in common in matters of faith, hope, and politics.To...
Green Inhumanity
MOVE OVER, MICHAEL MOORE. You have competition in the art of political film-making from a 24-year-old unemployed Romanian miner. And instead of advancing the cause of smug liberal hypocrisy, he's debunking it.Gheorge Lucian is the star of a new film...
Hastert la Vista!
WASHINGTONSOMEHOW ROVE'S DEPARTURE must suggest his failure and disgrace. Or as some nitwit anchoring the midday CNN news broadcast, "Your World Today," put it when I was walking past a television monitor, "Does that mean the Bush administration is essentially...
Issues of Narrative
IN A SUMMER POSTMORTEM on the Duke University rape hoax, Rachel Smolkin of the American Journalism Review summed up much of what is wrong with journalism today:Perhaps the most complex lessons about the media coverage of the Duke case involve issues...
John McCain Battles On
WASHINGTONI READ FOUR NEWSPAPERS A DAY, occasionally more. I watch television news and listen to radio news. The media fascinate me. Many times the media suffer a collective mood swing that is more important than the facts they report. Supposedly news...
On the Prowl
Governor GeorgeFormer Virginia senator and governor George Allen is looking for a political comeback, but not in the Senate, even though his former colleague, Sen. John Warner, has announced his retirement.Warner led with a slow left hook in August that...
Right-Wing Fantasy
Tall, and tan, and young, and lovelyThe girl from Ipanema goes walkingAnd when shepasses, I smile-but she doesn't see...WELL, DUH! But Antonio Carlos Jobim wasn't really as dumb as he sounded. He was just giving expression to an eternal masculine longing:...
Scenes from a Crack-Up
The Daily Kos crowd convened in Chicago as the second coming of the Democratic National Convention.One small problem-there was no there there.ChicagoWHAT DID YOUR PSYCHOLOGIST TELL YOU?" So sounded a query at one of the first panels at YearlyKos, the...
The Class of 1967
IT'S CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION when any magazine turns 40, especially an opinion magazine. And when that magazine is Hie American Spectator, you have a real zinger on your hands.The fall of 1967 wasn't your garden-variety back-to-school season. The Vietnam...
The Continuing Crisis
August passed, but the Clintons' Chop Suey Connection returned! It was first identified in these pages back in 1995, when Mr. James Ring Adams apprehended Indonesian bankers of Chinese ancestry funding the Clintons' political careers from the 1980s onward....
The Great Blunder
ONE QUESTION THAT COMES TO MIND in connection with the Iraq disaster is this: Why did we decide that Iraq ought to be a democracy? And a constitutional democracy-if that isn't a contradiction in terms (for the purpose of a constitution is to restrict...
The Making of an Economist
WEDNESDAYWHAT A HELLISH DAY. Last night as I was coming in from a lovely day in Malibu, I decided I was hungry. I had been craving a corned beef sandwich and so I went to a little 24-hour deli in Santa Monica called Izzie's. Big mistake. There is something...
The Wingers' Game: A Camp Diary
If football is war by other means, Albany, New York, is Parris Island.Day OneFOR A CERTAIN KIND OF MAN, the opening of training camp is a tent-pole in the family calendar, a luminif erous day right up there alongside Memorial Day and Thanksgiving and...
Three Months of Dysfunction
MY THREE MONTHS RECENTLY SPENT in Baghdad clarified the considerable difficulties facing the United States in Iraq. Baghdad is very much a city at war, under siege by insurgents seeking to make Iraq's capital unlivable and to a disturbing extent succeeding...
Up from Slavery
Up From Slavery John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace By Jonathan Aitken (CROSSWAY BOOKS, 400 PAGES, $21.99)Reviewed by David AikmanTHIS YEAR IS AN IMPORTANT ONE for anniversaries of Christian work. It marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival...
Washington's Prince
Washington's Prince The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington By Robert D. Novak (CROWN FORUM, 662 PAGES, $29.95)Reviewed by Wladyslaw PleszczynskiI AM NOT A PERSON WHO IS EASY for a lot of people to like," Bob Novak writes early in this...
Whose Reagan? an Exchange/Peter Wallison Replies
PETER J. WALLISON'S review of my book, Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History ("Reagan Co-opted," TAS, July/August 2007), is so full of utter distortions that a reader could only wonder how I admire a president after what I have said...