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. 42, No. 5, June

After the Tea Parties
Meet some of the conservative grassroots organizations that are coming into their own this year.What do conservatives do after the Tea Parties? What do you do when the protests are over? How do you harness all that energy? How do you turn it into a permanent...
A Ladder to Nowhere
Why WWII-level deficits won't work today.THE STORY IS TOLD OF THREE SCIENTISTS Stuck at the bottom of a deep well. The physicist is forced to admit that none of the laws of physics will lift them out of the well. The engineer admits that he, too, is...
Current Wisdom
The Herald (Sharon, Pennsylvania)On the howl page of a great American daily, echoes of the Obama economic plan, also known as the Economics of the Magic Wand:Why would anyone be against American taxes being spent on ourselves; isn't this why we pay taxes?As...
Density Is Destiny
WAS IT REALLY WORTH DEALING WITH? We Were pulling out of the parking lot of a White Castle in Nashville, and my college friend Mike had just realized that we had been overcharged for our pile of burgers. After some consideration, we decided to back up...
Farewell to Judgment
THE SCIENCES AIM TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD: they build theories that are tested through experiment, and which describe the workings of nature and the deep connections between cause and effect. Nothing like that is true of the humanities. The works of Shakespeare...
Freedom Can't Be Rationed
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!"AS CONGRESS PREPARES TO CONSIDER health reform, P. J. O'Rourke's famous quip provides an important context to the debate. President Obama and Democrats in Congress...
Hazardous Times Ahead
I WORRY THAT BY THE TIME OBAMA is through with us, the U.S. will be a second-class country. A lot of people feel the same way. A similar concern has been in the back of my mind for years. In the Carter era I also worried about the fate of the country,...
Irony without Irony
WHEN MY OLDEST SON WAS A Boy Scout in England 20 years ago, I once watched his troop play a game in which the boys formed a circle around a troop leader holding a soccer ball. The leader proceeded to throw the ball to the boys at random, saying as he...
Judges Not
Vermont and the new Democratic push for same-sex marriage.SINCE 1993, WHEN HAWAII'S state supreme court began threatening to inflict a radically new definition of marriage on an unwilling populace, the gay marriage debate has generally played out along...
Mencken and Me
WASHINGTONCAN YOU BELIEVE IT? In the public prints, I have been called a "pipsqueak," and a "self-important pipsqueak" at that. The scene of the crime is Forbes magazine. The felon is Jonathan Yardley, an elderly book critic at the Washington Post. Yardley...
Not Cambridge
TUESDAYHERE I AM AT WASHINGTON, D.C.'S Reagan National Airport. It is a drizzly, cool day. I am heading off to fly to Knoxville, Tennessee, on a US Air flight. I have an uneasy feeling and now I know why. The smiling ticket agent who has been processing...
Now That We've Won
WASHINGTONSTUDENTS OF INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING Will tell you that deception and outright lying are essential to the art. Having now reviewed the controversy over who in Congress knew what about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques, I have...
Nuance and Nazis
IT APPEARED IN THE APRIL 1 EDITION, but otherwise there was no reason to think David Leonhardt's New York Times column was a joke. It was, however, a shock;In the summer of 1933, just as they will do on Thursday, heads of government and their finance...
Obama's Rock Is Not Capitalism
IN MID-APRIL, AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, President Barack Obama said he wanted to "rebuild" our (economic) house upon a biblical rock. The president used Jesus's Sermon on the Mount as a centerpiece of his speech, even though his staff wanted all the...
On the Prowl
Hatching a PlotGiven that Justice David Souter made his seat on the Supreme Court a liberal one, Republicans are raring for a fight on principles and for political points, if not blocking a nominee. So while Democrats prayed for a great liberal successor...
Pro-Mexico
U.S. policy toward our southern relative and neighbor is deeply flawed - and the smallminded right has been no more enlightened.FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, whether anybody likes it or not, the United States...
Rowan Williams Rebounds
THIS TIME LAST YEAR, shares in Archbishop Rowan Williams on the imaginary stock exchange of spiritual leadership were plunging with the same trajectory later experienced by Lehman Brothers in the real stock exchange. According to ecclesiastical bears...
Senator Survivor
POLITICAL ANALYST STUART ROTHENBERG Once Said of Arlen Specter: "He's an intimidating senator and very successful at any game of 'Survivor.'" Indeed, Arlen Specter might as well have been born to be champion ofthat reality show. He's beaten cancer, a...
The Continuing Crisis
As April bid adieu, and our 44th president continued to swank across the country and around the globe, it began to appear that he is not so much conducting a presidency in the conventional sense as a world tour. His travels took him to Europe, the Middle...
The Gates Budget
It is less risky than the strategy upon which it is based.BOB GATES HAS BEEN AROUND Washington for many years, and it showed in the way he unveiled the defense budget. Recognizing that he was about to propose a number of changes that perhaps were not...
The Most Exclusive Club in Paris
MAURICE DRUON FINALLY RAN OUT of immortality. That apparently happens to us all, but what made his case special was that he was officially an immortel, thanks to membership in the Académie Française. Only 40 Frenchmen at a time can be immortels, and...
The Salvaging of Notre Dame
If it's not a credible Catholic university, what's the point?ON MARCH 20, the University of Notre Dame proudly announced that President Barack Obama would give this year's commencement address and receive the customary honorary degree. The news generated...
Tiananmen Twenty Years Later
In this year of awkward anniversaries, the Chinese Communist regime is finding it impossible to suppress the memory of the massacre of June 4, 1989.JUNE 4, 1989. I had grabbed a few hours' sleep after reporting the ominous buildup of PLA infantry units...