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. 6, July/August

A Harsh Mistress
BARRING SOMETHING TRULY UNEXPECTED, this November's presidential election will be the first in U.S. history in which both parties' nominees are sitting U.S. senators. With Barack Obama as the Democratic standard-bearer, it will also be the first to pit...
Attention Sam's Club Shoppers
Attention Sam's Club Shoppers Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream By Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam (DOUBLEDAY, 256 PAGES, $23.95)IN 1970, PAT BUCHANAN WROTE President Richard M. Nixon a memo about The...
Being There
Being There The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade By Gerard J. DeGroot (HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 508 PAGES, $29.95)IF YOU REMEMBER THE SIXTIES," Robin Williams jokes, "you weren't there."If you tuned in, you dropped out....
Captain Mccain
Tough and mature, he is conservatism's best chance to win the White House against a passé "community organizer" and standard-issue left-liberal Democrat.MY FELLOW SPECTATORIANS, whether you be conservative, libertarian, or a lively blend, let us consider...
Conservatism Is Dead-Long Live Conservatism!
TO PARAPHRASE MARK TWAIN, the rumors of the death of conservatism have been greatly exaggerated.Every six months or so, you can count on coming across another story about the end of conservatism, usually written by a liberal wishing that it were true,...
Correspondence
Bork ConstitutionalRobert Bork is a fine jurist, a great legal mind, a good communicator, and a colossal pessimist. Not one word along the lines of "what do we do about it?" graces his prose ("Individual Liberty and the Constitution," TAS, June 2008).What...
C.S. Lewis, Move Over
C.S. Lewis, Move Over What's So Great About Christianity By Dinesh D'Souza (REGNERY PUBLISHING, 348 PAGES, $27.95)IN HIS NEW BOOK What's So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza stakes his claim as one of the great Christian apologists. D'Souza writes...
Current Wisdom
Washington PostAnother weird communiqué from the planet Dionne and published on the op-ed page of the prestigious Post under the tantalizing sci-fi rubric "E.J. Dionne Jr.":Ever since Barack Obama took off his flag pin, Democrats and liberals have had...
Dream Ticket Memories
The night in Detroit that conservatives found themselves am-Bushed.JULY AND AUGUST OUGHT TO see SPECULATION about John McCain's vice presidential choice reach a fever pitch-and it is not just a political game. Instead, vice presidential selections can...
Feminism and Freedom
Freedom used to stand at the heart of feminism, but modern feminists have succeeded in erasing historyON FEBRUARY 10, 2001, 18,000 women filled Madison Square Garden for one of the more notable feminist gatherings of our time. The event-"Take Back the...
Financial Job Flight
NAFTA-bashing Democrats don't seem at all upset that the American financial industry is seeing a growing number of its jobs go overseas.AS THEIR PRIMARY CAMPAIGN moved to the Rust Belt states, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama directed much of their rhetoric...
Geneva in Orlando
IT'S A LONG WAY FROM GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, to Orlando, Florida-but not if you are pioneers in classical Christian education. In 16th-century Geneva, John Calvin started a religious and educational revolu-tion in his city's schools. Its key ingredients...
He Belongs to History
Ronald Reagan's legacy and American conservatismIIN 2008 A SPECTER IS HAUNTING American politics: the genial specter of Ronald Reagan. More than any of our 43 presidents-more even than our current incumbent-Reagan's memory is on the minds and tongues...
In Defense of Snobbery
ODD TO THINK THAT IT STILL RATES a headline ("Amy Winehouse Gets Into Cambridge") in the national press-at least in the UK-when some witless bit of self-pity from a "pop diva" is set by a professor at an ancient university as part of an English examination...
I've Been Everywhere
SATURDAYMAY I TELL YOU WHERE I HAVE BEEN since this year started? Well, I think I might have already told you. But just since mid-April, I have been to Toronto, Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, San Diego, D.C., Chicago again, Burlington, Vermont, Henderson,...
Learning to Care about Health Care
It's just a matter of time before government takes over health care-unless conservatives master the subject themselves.ITHERE'S A MODERN FABLE written by Maurice Sendak in which an apathetic child named Pierre answers every question with the phrase,...
Liberty and Liberation
The first doesn't stand a chance under a regime of the latter.WRITING IN THIS ISSUE, Christina Sommers draws our attention to the way in which women's liberty enters into conflict with women's "liberation." She quotes the telling remarks of Simone de...
Lost Transcendence
Lost Transcendence Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War By Michael Burleigh (HARPER PERENNIAL, 529 PAGES, $16.95 PAPER)THE APPEARANCE IN A POPULAR EDITION of the first volume of Michael...
McCain Again
War, honor, and the presidential election.IN EARLY CAMPAIGNING FOR THE Republican nomination, in March 2007, John McCain said he would rather lose a campaign than lose a war. He repeated that statement of principle in November, defending the troop surge:...
My Happiness
A FEW MONTHS BEFORE Elvis Aaron Presley shuffled off this mortal coil, he admitted to a close friend fears of ultimate insignificance in the eyes of his fans. "They're not going to remember me," he lamented. "I've never done anything lasting." This past...
On the Prowl
The RemnantAs House Republicans continue to discuss possible shake-ups in their leadership after the November elections, one name to look for is Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter.who is currently the fourth-ranking leader in the Republican caucus and chairs...
Prosecutors Gone Wild
ON MARCH 10,2008, THE New York Times broke the story that New York's governor, Eliot Spitzer, was the unnamed "Client No. 9" listed in a federal indictment involving a prostitution ring called the Emperor's Club. Spitzer's bull-in-a-chinashop tenure...
Tamsin and Timpson
LondonCLASS WARFARE HAS OFTEN BEEN A campaign elixir for left-wing candidates in America, but its record has been spotty at best. Both Richard Gephardt in 2004 and John Edwards in 2008 ran explicit "class-mongering" campaigns against the rich and powerful,...
The Continuing Crisis
History interred the month of May, and May has interred Senator Barack H. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. In any sensible history of Campaign '08, May will be known as the month that brought the Prophet Obama down to earth and former President...
The Road Back to Serfdom
Feckless Republicans and even some conservatives have chosen to mount no defense against the unprecedented current assault on market capitalism that threatens to undo the great triumphs of Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek.THREE YEARS BEFORE HIS DEATH in...
The Slaughterhouse
The Slaughterhouse Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe (and what you need to know to end the madness) By Arianna Huffington (ALFRED A. KNOPF, 388 PAGES, $24.95)The Pleasure of...