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. 31, No. 2, February

About This Month
How was your Christmas? Myself, I can't complain. I learned a brand-new carol, "What Sweeter Music," a tasteful arrangement composed by John Rutter to the exquisite, seventeenth-century words of Robert Herrick. They capture Christmas in a way no trip...
A Mumbly Creep
Bob Dylan came to Washington in early December. He snuffled his way through the Kennedy Center Honors, wiped his nose on his sleeve, and went homewherever that might be. He was here as an honoree, along with several older American performers. Age is...
Big Government's Big Lobby
Did you know that young people have "a secret thirst for public service"? Did you know that the IRS is actually very innovative and effective? Did you follow Bill Clinton's request to pray for politicians and journalists, so that Americans can "rid ourselves...
Big Labor Clintoncare
How the AFL-CIO is moving to socialize health care. Socialized medicine is back. On November 20, 1997, President Clinton held a White House press conference to announce his endorsement of a "Health Care Consumer Bill of Rights" developed by an advisory...
Correspondence
Nobody Knows My Game In regard to your comments about me in the January 1998 issue: I am not planning to leave the administration. My position at the White House is and was Director of Communications, not spokesperson. The Democratic National Committee...
Dissent Inside the TWA Probe
NTSB Chairman Jim Hall has buried his head in the sand to advance his theory th better off burying his head in the underwater sands where the plane went down central fuel tank flaw brought down TWA SOO. In the FBI's view, he'd probably be and where key...
Frosty the Snow Person; Slick Times in Peoria; Chef's Special
December ended in the usual anarchy of lawsuits that accompanies the Yuletide season of "Goodwill Towards Men." Christmas! That joyous and magnificent holiday, always so eagerly anticipated until some years ago when it began to terrify the nation's atheists...
Getting Down to That Legacy Thing
George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee Herbert S. Parmet Scribner /570 pages / $32.50 REVIEWED BY Victor Gold The hot political buzzword going the Washington rounds these days, replacing "vision" as a media flavor-of-the-year, is "legacy." What,...
Is Camus Still Cool?
Albert Camus: A Life Olivier Todd translated by Benjamin Ivry Knopf/435 pages / $30 REVIEWED BY Marc Carnegie Albert Camus was cool. This might seem a juvenile remark about one of the major intellectuals of our century, but it's no less true for that-and...
Leading the Fanatics
Fresh from Kyoto, greenhouse guru Al Gore gasses on. Without embarrassment, Vice President Al Gore went to the climate-change meeting in Kyoto, Japan, and said that "we have reached a fundamentally new stage in the development of human civilization."...
Liar, Liar
Nowadays it's not whether you lie, but how well you lie. I well remember the first time I heard the name M. Larry Lawrence. I was in the hot tub with the Princess of Wales when she said, "Is it true you and Al Gore were the real-life models for Bruce...
Moscow Central
Burkina Faso has nothing to be ashamed of. Strolling with Jiang Zemin during a visit to China last November, Russian president Boris Yeltsin suddenly turned to the trailing press entourage. "What, you're taking pictures of me?" he exclaimed. "You'd better...
My Favorite Ex-President
THE END OF 1997 BROUGHT REPORTS THAT Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia, was under arrest for supposedly attempting to overthrow his nation's current regime. It was disappointing news, since Zambia had been exceptional among African countries...
Pete Wilson's Moment
He's leading the way on Paycheck Protection. Governor Pete Wilson of California has decided to change the world: In September he put his personal and political prestige on the line by agreeing to serve as chairman of the California Campaign Reform Initiative....
Putting on the Rex
Its rooftop bar offers a touching mix of old and new. Nobody really loves the Rex. But almost everyone who has been to Vietnam has had occasion to be grateful for it. Just outside its lobby doors, smack dab in the middle of Saigon, the streets throb...
Reverse White Mischief
Clinton's race monologue sends all the wrong signals. Presswatch is not making this up; it couldn't. The day after Christmas the New York Times reported that even though the Puerto Rican Barbie doll "has been received enthusiastically in Puerto Rico,"...
Ron Brown's Body
WAS THE COMMERCE SECRETARY SHOT? NOW LEFT-WING NUTS HAVE A CLINTON MURDER MYSTERY OF THEIR VERY OWN . BY BYRON YORK Mark Thompson didn't quite know what to do. It was Christmas Eve, and Thompson, dressed in black with short-cropped dreadlocks, Malcolm...
Rudderless in the Gulf
Our correspondent finds America's forces in the Persian Gulf ready for action-if only the Clinton administration had a policy it were ready to defend. Meanwhile, our allies hunger for U.S. leadership. Thursday, December 18-Camp Doha, Kuwait Thirty-five-year-old...
Season's Jeerings
And so the carnage of Christmas continues. The buying spree is over, but at this very moment millions of frenzied Americans are convening on shopping malls to exchange yesterday's bounty and to avail themselves of the sales. I myself spent a few pre-Christmas...
There's No Growing Up
If you film it, they will come. There's no doubt that Hollywood films are, as they say, state of the art. Even the worst that Tinseltown produces will make money by worldwide sales to foreigners eager for any glimpse, however inane, of the famous Hollywood...
There's Nothing Ordinary about This Man
Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader Dinesh D'Souza Free Press / 292 pages / $25 Recollections of Reagan: A Portrait of Ronald Reagan Edited by Peter Hannaford Morrow / 210 pages / $2 The publication of these two books reminds...
The Trade Weapon, and Other Myths
Whenever the U.S. has a problem with another country it likes to impose trade sanctions on it. They're a great weapon to use against friends, but for all intents useless against regimes that hate us anyway. There's also a tendency to think that sanctions...
Top This
Monday Ich liebe mein Cadillac. This morning I was up at 6a.m., yes 6a.m., to play a part in a movie about a rambunctious dog. At 7 a.m., a young man showed up at my door to drive me to the site of my shoot, a house in Whittier, Richard Nixon's former...
Webb's Dirty Lingerie
Bill's old golfing partner reveals much more than expected in hid affecting new memoir-especially about free-spirited times with Vince and Hillary at the Rose Law Firm. It would make a swell French movie. Webb Hubbell by his own account is one of the...