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. 1, February

Chuck McHagel
It won't take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.AFTER SENATOR JIM JEFFORDS deserted the Republican Party in 2001, Chuck Hagel was furious. Not at his Senate colleague but at Republicans for not accommodating...
Combat Rock: The Birth of a Marine
START WITH A KID who always seems a bit behind, the fifth and youngest from a boisterous Irish family. He inhabits another world in the backyard, an entire universe with explosions and characters and mythic places. In school, the alarms sound quickly....
Correspondence
Conrad Black RepliesI thank Sir Martin Gilbert for his generally favorable comments on my book about Franklin D. Roosevelt in your June issue ("Avoidable Errors," TAS, June 2004). Sir Martin makes a number of dissenting points which I concede, and a...
Current Wisdom
New York TimesIn discoursing on the film Kinsey columnist Frank Rich eliminates two more plausible explanations for his unfortunate mental condition:[In] the acclaimed movie "Kinsey," ... Liam Neeson stars as the pioneering Indiana University sex researcher...
Exit Strategies
This is a war to defeat or destroy the ideology of Islamic jihadism, the terrorists who embrace it and the nations that support them.Regardless of the Iraqi elections, there'll be no coming home for America until Iran's nuclear-minded jihadist regime...
Gut Check Republicans
They know the time is now: The Republican Congress must address its big spending habits or face an ugly reckoning as early as 2006."Can we, who man the ship of state, deny it is somewhat out of control?"Ronald Reagan asked this question less than two...
Happy V-Day!
ON THE 14TH OF THIS MONTH, college campuses across the country will mark an ancient holiday which has changed over the centuries to match its milieu. St. Valentine's Day began in pagan Rome as the celebration of two helpful gods: Lupercus, who protected...
Heavenly Thoughts
WHAT IS HEAVEN? It is not a question much examined in contemporary newspaper columns or chat shows, but those of us who are getting older should occasionally turn our minds to this direction as we contemplate our own deaths and what might happen to us...
Help Is on the Way
The Spectator Interview: Senator Judd GreggNEW HAMPSHIRE SENATOR Judd Gregg is set to assume chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee and promises a conservative revolution once he gets there. A close confidant of George W. Bush, Gregg played John...
Judges & TERRORISTS
As attorney general. Alberto Gonzales will have his hands full in a second Bush term.IN HIS SECOND TERM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, President Bush will still have to focus on protecting the country from terrorism. Bush's longer-term legacy, however, will turn...
New Voodoo Economics
THE WORLD ECONOMY IS OUT OF WHACK," says David Wessel on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. "There's a financial grinch lurking," says William Niekirk of the Chicago Tribune. "In my lifetime we will have gone from the Greatest Generation to the...
Pleased Noises
VIENNA, AUSTRIAEVENTHOUGH ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is easily the most famous Austrian now living, the reserved people of this Alpine country tend not to bring his name up with visiting Americans. But when it is mentioned, their faces brighten and they talk...
Scared at 60
THURSDAYDer Tag. IT IS MY 60TH BIRTHDAY. It is also Thanksgiving. It is a beautiful, sunny, clear but cool day. The plan here is to have lunch at the California Yacht Club out at Marina del Rey. This will serve to celebrate my birthday as well as Thanksgiving....
Science Unstemmed
California's Proposition 71 is just one experiment in Big Biotech's lab of horrors.But Big Biotech's audacious cloning agenda isn't even the half of it. In quiet corners of the ivory tower of academia, legal scholars and bioethicists are constructing...
Silent "Sam" Grant
Silent "Sam" Grant Ulysses S. Grant By Josiah Bunting III (Times Books, 180 pages, $20)ON 13 JULY 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote this remarkable letter to "My Dear General," Ulysses S. Grant:I do not remember that you and I ever met personally....
The Bloggerstant Reformation
The Bloggerstant Reformation Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World by Hugh Hewitt (Nelson Books, 265 pages, $19.99)YOU'RE A CLERIC in early Sixteenth Century Europe-Germany, let's say-and you're at the end of a lifelong...
The Continuing Crisis
December shut the door on 2004, which, if one thinks about it, could be a lyric in a rap song, except for the fact that it is not obscene, violent, degrading, or imbecilic. President George W. Bush's essential personhood was acknowledged when he was...
The Left Always Gets Its Man
WASHINGTONJUSTICE NEVER SLEEPS. Or rather the free-floating moralism that is the left never sleeps. The other day a Chilean judge, Juan Guzman Tapia, decided that an 89-year-old man was competent to stand trial for human rights abuses, though it has...
The NERF of Some People
The NERF of Some People State of Fear Michael Crichton (HarperCollins, 603 pages, $27.95)DURING AN OCTOBER 1989 interview with Discover magazine, Dr. Stephen Schneider, creator of a computer simulation model which purports to "prove" global warming,...
Up and Down the Avenue
SO GEORGE w. BUSH'S secOND TERM is about to begin. We were certainly pleased with the election results, as we assume our readers were as well, but we enter 2005 knowing that the political landscape is anything but tranquil.Pat Buchanan wrote a prophetic...
Welfare State Immigrants
IMMIGRATION BENEFITS AMERICA-as an immigrant I am the first to agree. I would go so far as to say that immigrants are often more pro-American than the native born. Because they (we) grew up somewhere else, we have a basis of comparison. When things are...
Who Is This Guy?
WASHINGTONDo YOU KNOW WHO HARRY M. REID might be? Frankly I did not know either until he was quoted in the newspapers as having said on NBC's Meet the Press that Justice Clarence Thomas is "an embarrassment to the Supreme Court." He also asseverated...