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. 44, No. 6, July/August

An Arab Spring Model
DISCUSSING POLITICS AND RELIGION in the United Arab Emirates, arguably the richest and most tolerant country in today's Middle East, is a surprisingly hopeful experience.The national capital, Abu Dhabi, is a calm crossroads of Arabia. No protest marches,...
A Nation Set Apart
A YEAR AGO, my mother, then nearly 98, went into an old folks' home in England. One of the last things she told me was that she believed her family background was partly Jewish. Her grandmother's maiden name was Dow, and the Dows earlier married into...
An Imposter's Complaint
WASHINGTONHERE WE ARE NOW in the afterglow of another Memorial Day. The flags and the bunting are being put away. The memories endure for another year of our honored dead, of the brave wounded, of the veterans- some grizzled, some still youthful- all...
A Wonderful Life
A Wonderful Life Stan Musial: An American Life By George Vecsey (Ballantine Books, 401 PAGES, $26)Reviewed byLarry ThornberrySINCE HANGING UP MS CLEATS, Stan Musial has hardly been ignored by baseball fans or writers. They still go nuts in St. Loo when...
Can You Wiig It?
Can You Wiig It?PRODUCER-DDAECTOR JUDD APATOW The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad) may seem an unlikely feminist hero, but his latest hit movie, Bridesmaids, was widely treated asa breakthrough for progressive and egalitarian ideas. Though directed...
Computers Are Weapons of War
Consequently, cyber attacks should be construed as acts of war. Are we prepared to respond accordingly?IN the spring of 2007, Russian computer experts hacked into Estonia's government computer networks, blocked them from functioning, and brought the...
Current Wisdom
CNNIn his weekly column written exclusively for CNN, David Frum(p) makes another attempt at being Barack Obama's new best friend:So much to say about the long-awaited visiting of justice upon Osama bin Laden.But there's one effect on U.S. domestic politics...
East and West
ParisFORT VINCENNES, as we would say, is a gem showing several centuries of architecture. The oldest structures, surrounded by a moat, date from the 13th century; the most recent, adjacent the nearby Boulevard des Maréchaux, is a compound built in the...
Give This Tax Credit Its Due
IT IS SAID, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." This sentiment underscores the critical nature of the debate surrounding parental choice in education- the same debate that was the center...
He Called Me Friend
John Paul Il was a Pope both blessed and greatIN THE AUTUMN OF 1991, i was in Italy for a conference on economics and religion in Foligno, a beautiful town south of Florence. One morning I was driven to Rome where, as I often did, I was staying overnight...
Letting Obama Be Obama
And in so doing the indispensable Valerie Jarrett insists on being allowed to be Valerie Jarrett, unvetted, unknown, unaccountable.THE NEW YORK TIMES calls her Barack Obama's "old hometown mentor," "closest friend in the White House," "all-purpose ambassador,"...
Malcolm X: All-American
Malcolm X: All-American Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention By Manning Marable (Viking, 608 pages, $30)Reviewed by RiShawn BiddleFOR ALL BUT THE last two years of his adult life, Malcolm X held America in utter disdain. On one hand, he was utterly (and...
Medicare Reform: Who Decides?
IN AN ORDINARY ENVIRONMENT, it is nearly impossible for Americans to conduct a reasoned discussion about Medicare. And entitlement reform remains fraught with political peril, as the recent special election in New York has shown: Democrat Kathy Hochul...
Newt and Paul Ryan
HOW DID SO FLAWED A MAN as Newt Gingrich get to the top of his party in the 1990s? For that matter, how did so flawed a man as Bill Clinton get to the top of our government in the 1990s? And- here I am giving you a hint to the answer for the above questions-...
Reagan's Note Card Treasures
RONALD REAGAN was known as "The Great Communicator." What isn't well known is just how hard he worked to earn that title. Over the course of his career he invented a unique system to prepare, edit, and deliver speeches.One of his secrets was a stack...
Remembering Ireland and Fighting for the Union
The Irish Brigade during the Civil War.CIVIL WAR HISTORIANS and enthusiasts will argue over the greatest Confederate general, or whether Mary Todd Lincoln was certifiable or just a bit quirky. But when it comes to naming the greatest Union fighting outfit,...
Republicans on Uneasy Street
THERE IS A SENSE OF UNEASE about the cast and storyline of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Something is off. Things have started too early. Or maybe they haven't started yet. "No one" is running. Too many candidates are...
Shore Patrol
FRIDAYWOW. BIG DAY. I got up, carried ancient Brigid down the stairs to her preferred spot, then carried her back upstairs to bed. This manytimes-a-day ritual always makes me think of Aeneas leaving burning Troy carrying his father on his shoulders....
Speaking Neatly
Is it too late to rediscover the art of the aphorism?THE FOCUS OF OUR educational systems on popular culture, political correctness, and the cult of selfesteem has had two consequences for everyday speech. First, young people prefer to remain silent...
Tampico's Kickback Saloon
Remembering good times in Ronald Reagan's birthplace.ON THE EVE OF THE 1980 presidential election, a rare double rainbow decorated the skies above Tampico, Illinois. The image was captured by grain elevator operator Lloyd McElhiney's Kodak Instamatic....
The Birth of a Notion
"LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO Jerome Corsi," read the promotional e-mail. "This week he released a new book that the publisher says will be a bestseller 'of historic proportions.'"Corsi's book, Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is...
The Continuing Crisis
May is history and with it goes Memorial Day 2011, but not before President Barack Obama golfed for the 70th time in his 28-month-long presidency. He hustled over to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and then...
The Ironic Chancellor
The Ironic Chancellor Bismarck: A Life By Jonathan Steinberg (Oxford University Press, 577 pages. $34.95)Reviewed by Aram Bakshian, Jr.IT IS OFTEN SAID OF larger-than-life celebrities and politicians that they "suck the oxygen out of the room." Otto...
The Jarrett Files
BY ALL ACCOUNTS-meaning the New York Times's and Washington Post's, I suppose- our president had a terrific month of May, maybe because he nailed Osama bin Laden at its start, had a grand tour of Ireland, England, and a few countries of continental Europe...
There's Gold in Them Thar Hollywood Hills
Just let me see some of those old black-and-white movies...OLD FILMS ARE America's home movies. Nothing is more richly compelling than the cultural ore found in films from the past, and it isn't just because I now qualify as a relic myself; they've always...
The Summers of Their Discontent
The Summers of Their Discontent Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage By Hazel Rowley (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 331 pages, $27)Reviewed by Mark TooleyTHE OUTLINES OF FDR's turbulent marriage with Eleanor have been recalled many times,...
Whither the Tea Party?
FOLLOWING THE Tax Day tea party rallies this past April, people began wondering if the Tea Party movement had peaked: the number of rallies was down, and the crowd sizes were in many places a fraction of what they'd been in 2009. Of course, since April...