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. 41, No. 1, February

Arthur and Writer
Arthur and Writer Journals, 1952-2000 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger (PENGUIN PRESS, 894 PAGES, $40)Reviewed by Mark FalcoffTHE LATE AKTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR. (1917-2007) is certainly one author who requires...
As the World Turns
The globe is tilting to the supply-side, so why is the U.S. backtracking?TIMBER! THAT'S THE SOUND of tax rates around the world being chopped down in what clearly is the most momentous global economic trend today. Corporate tax rates are declining. Individual...
Back to the Futures
Hillary Clinton's cattle trades reveal cut corners, stuffed pockets, and cash for favors.AS HILLARY CLINTON CONTINUES her long march toward the Democratic nomination, old expressions like "Whitewater," "Rose Law Firm," and "missing billing records" surely...
Better Than a White House Pass
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...
Bombs "R" Us
AS YOUR TYPICAL RED-BLOODED AMERICAN MALE, I am writing this a few days from Christmas, and haven't purchased a single gift. Not a pair of socks, earrings, or one of those repugnant scented candles from Bed Bath & Beyond. So far, however, I have...
Cherchez la Femme
IF IT IS TRUE THAT FEMININITY is essentially role-playing, as Simone de Beauvoir argued in her feminist bible, The Second Sex, it must be admitted that the Latins play it with flair. The French in particular developed it to the point where women, with...
Correspondence
Cheap WhineWe're all entitled to our opinions but for the love of Pete let those opinions be accompanied by something other than childish rant and impulsive threats. I refer to the many boorish "Cancel my subscription" and "I'll never pick up another...
Current Wisdom
San Bernardino County SunMore evidence that singer-songwriter Paul McCartney got out just in time:London-Heather Mills got steamed up over milk and other dairy products while her estranged husband, Paul McCartney, joined a more modest effort to save...
Duke's Devotees
THE KEEPERS OF THE FLAME at the Birthplace of John Wayne in Winterset, Iowa, aren't exactly the Knights Templar, yet nevertheless maintain the modest house where the film star spent the first seven years of his life with a reverence befitting a sacred...
Evel Descends
Requiem for a Daredevil.THAT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1974, my parents were batting the names "Ford" and "Nixon" around our house like verbal tennis balls: Ford, Nixon, Nixon, Ford, Nixon. President Gerald Ford had announced that he would pardon Richard...
Free to Browse
Free to Browse Republic.com 2.0 By Cass R. Sunstein (PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS, 272 PAGES, $24.95)Reviewed by John TabinEVERY DAY WHEN I OPEN MY WEB BROWSER, my first stop is Netvibes.com. There I've set up a page where I can see the RSS feeds from my favorite...
Give Me Liberty
INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY-the foundation of our freedom, the essence of the Constitution, and one of the foremost contributions of the English common law-continues to be as vibrant a topic as it was during the Constitutional debates in Philadelphia. Hardly...
Had They No Sense of Decency?
Had They No Sense of Decency? Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies By M. Stanton Evans (CROWN FORUM, 663 PAGES, $29.95)Reviewed by William SchulzIN THE SPRING OF 1960, as the more or...
It Was a Very Good Year
SATURDAYA HUGE SUPER DAY. I am on "vacation." It's in quotations because I am never really on vacation. Either I am traveling and speaking or I am writing and thinking. (The writing comes first and is the spur to the thinking.) Anyway, this has been...
Mendacious Indignados
WASHINGTONI CAN UNDERSTAND WHY BACK IN 2005 the CIA destroyed tapes showing its agents "waterboarding" with notorious terrorists. My guess is that the tapes would reveal them all having a lot of fun. There the Rev. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the planner...
Missing in Action
Ronald Reagan was Charlie Wilson's commander in chief.A LOT OF THINGS WOUND UP on the cutting-room floor of Charlie Wilson's War. Hollywood's new film tells the story of how a libertine Democratic congressman teamed up with other Cold Warriors to humiliate...
Nerd-Do-Wells
IN THIS NEW YEAR'S DAY, spare a thought for the hapless nerd," wrote Rachel Hartigan Shea in the Washington Post on the first day of 2008. She was reviewing a book by a man who was said to believe that "nerds are just about the last group of people it's...
No Intelligence Allowed!
IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT I ATTEND private screenings, so when I was invited to see the director's cut of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, starring our own Ben Stein, I jumped at the chance. It was shown in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Goethe Institute....
On the Prowl
Honest JohnSome conservatives who are sitting out this presidential cycle, and who still hope to make a dent politically at the 2008 Republican Convention, have begun discussing the notion of putting forward former U.S. Senator and Attorney General John...
Politics by Assassination
The political plight of multicultural Lebanon.BEIRUTIt's hard to grasp the reality of a country that for several years has been on the brink of implosion and civil war when you are enjoying a latte at Verdun 732, a fashionable shopping mall and cafe...
Santaphobia
NOW THAT IT IS ALL OVER and the tons of non-biodegradable trash have been stuffed into the nearest landfill, it is time to ask what a conservative should think about Christmas. For many years I was of the Scrooge school of thought, entirely endorsing...
That '80S Show
THIS PAST FALL, the New York Times ended TimesSelect, its experiment in charging for online content. The paper's stable of op-ed columnists, hidden for two years, had a worldwide audience again. To readers, it looked like one of those "Unfrozen Caveman"...
The Continuing Crisis
December gave way to January and 2008's first presidential contests. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers steadily weakened throughout the month and suddenly things looked promising for those of us who have for almost a decade hoped to see things...
The Lectionary Life
THE ARRIVAL OF THE BLEAK MIDWINTER month of February provokes the thought that this column should temporarily be renamed Low Spirits. For those of us who live and move in the northern hemisphere, the weather is miserable, the markets are plummeting,...
The Myth
Is there religious liberty in America?THERE IS, PERHAPS, NO OTHER AREA of American life in which we claim to be so thoroughly united. And there is almost certainly no other area in American life in which we are, in fact, so vexingly divided.Ask nearly...
The Sheriff's Son
The Sheriff's Son The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan's Top Hand By Paul Kengor and Patricia Clark Doerner (IGNATIUS PRESS, 378 PAGES, $27.95)Reviewed by Thomas KenefickAS WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF PERHAPS the longest campaign for the presidency...
Voting Rights Distortions
The Justice Department's Voting Rights section is full of career lawyers pushing abusive policies. Why is the Bush administration offering no resistance?Bush Appointees Politicize Justice Department." That's the generic headline we've seen hundreds of...
Will the Emmys Get Their Own Patron Saint?
WITH 40,000 saints on the books, you'd expect to find some interesting characters. St. Callixtus was a reformed embezzler who became pope and died a martyr. St. Katherine Drexel was the heiress to an American banking empire. (Remember Drexel Burnham...
You've Got a Friend
WASHINGTONRECENTLY MY FRIEND BILL BUCKLEY wrote a rude column about our mutual friend, Conrad Black, on the occasion of Conrad's sentencing on three counts of mail fraud and one of obstruction of justice, a mere speed bump after the mountains of charges...