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. 6, July/August

Center Stage
Republican primary voters must decide whether to play it moderately safe.Sen. John cornyn's facebook friends aren't in a very friendly mood. The Texas Republican's page on the popular social networking website has been filled with comments like this...
Chimp Change
WASHINGTONIn May, a 47 million-year-old fossil was put on display at New York's American Museum of Natural History. Scientists accorded the event enormous attention, as did the press. The creature may be related to us, though it looks like a cat, not...
Cowards on Race
BARTLE BULL COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES. The former civil rights lawyer had been arrested in the South during the 1960s. He once forced local officials in Mississippi to remove nooses that were hanging from tree branches outside polling places. But until...
Current Wisdom
New York Review of BooksSixty thousand years after the appearance of the species Homo sapiens on the planet Earth, and, according to BillMcKibben banging the pots and pans over at the NYRB, it has all come to this:2009 may well turn out to be the decisive...
Downgrading American Medical Care
An American plan to help the uninsured, restore Medicare's fiscal soundness, and preserve medical excellence.THE HEALTH PROPOSALS TAKING SHAPE in the nation's capital intend to do more than help the uninsured. The changes will affect everyone. Politicians...
Exclusive: Grand Inquisitor Endorses Obama Health Plan
WASHINGTON, D.c- Breaking his half-a-millennium media silence from eternal damnation, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor joined a chorus of presumed conservatives to endorse President Obama's health care reforms.Resplendently stooped beneath a banner...
Facing Torture
The debate over the use of torture has taken a new and disturbing turn, as prominent Democrats seek to bring criminal charges against key members of the previous U.S. administration. Moreover, Baltasar Garzón, who has for several years been using his...
From Winchester to Westminster
WESTMINSTER ABBEY HAS BEEN crowning and burying England's monarchs for 11 centuries. But it rarely pays spiritual homage to anyone else apart from occasional statesmen, warriors, or poets of great eminence. So it was an unusual honor when the abbey recently...
Hanging out with the Repo Man
He's smart, funny, and he "steals" cars legally. (He's also the best friend you never knew you had.)BusiNESS for the nation's top recovery agents (better known as "repo men") is booming. It has gotten to the point that some of them are feeling downright...
Liberty Weekend
FRIDAYHERE I AM RIDING THROUGH THE lovely Virginia countryside in the back seat with my trusty driver, Bob Noah, at the wheel. You have to go out a long way actually before you get to the open spaces, but that's progress, I guess. What were once verdant...
On the Prowl
Steele EyedSome members of the Republican National Committee who chose not to support Michael Steele for chairman are encouraging reporters to monitor the RNCs FEC and expense filings after the second quarter. "You've got some Republicans who just don't...
Perilous Path for Obama
LAST MONTH I POINTED OUT the ways in which Obama's policies could threaten the country's future. Here I look at the issue from the other direction: the extent to which his agenda, or what seems to be his agenda, could threaten his own political future.An...
Portrait of an Artist
RECALL THINKING AFTER READING Paul Johnson's Modern Times that if I could remember everything that was in it, I'd never have to read another book again. Not only is it a grand history of the 20th century, but along the way Johnson slaughters just about...
Still Standing Tall
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT the lady who married the Eiffel Tower? No, really. Erika La Tour Eiffel had had other infatuations with objects, including Lance, the bow with which she became an archery champion, and the Berlin Wall. But, now in her late...
Tea Hee
IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL IF the anti-tax-and-spend "tea party" movement will fizzle or develop into a serious opposition to President Obama's domestic policies. But at the very least, it is newsworthy when thousands of Americans gather around the country...
The ACLU Talks Too Much
WASHINGTONIT WAS MY OLD FRIEND AND MENTOR, Luigi Barzini, who asseverated: "Americans talk too much." He was sitting in the elegant library of his home in Rome. The year was 1978, though I cannot recall the contemporary controversy that aroused him....
The Continuing Crisis
And so ends the month of May, the fourth full month of the Obama Dizziness. In a Memorial Day weekend interview on C-SPAN, the 44th president, having burned through $4 trillion, announced laconically: "We are out of money." Then he vowed to pass into...
The Joy of Portraiture
PAINTING THE HUMAN FACE AND FORM, the most difficult and precious of the fine arts, reached its maturity in 15th-century Florence and 16th-century Venice. Thereafter it was elaborated and varied by a succession of great masters for 300 years, until in...
The Matter with Myths
If conservatives don't counter them, government-run health care will be here to stay.WITH THE FIGHT OVER THE FUTURE of the United States health care system now upon us, conservatives find themselves at a tremendous disadvantage. The Democrats are in...
The Strip Club
NATURALLY I WAS HAPPY TO LEARN that Christopher Buckley had just written a new novel, this one called Losing Mum and Pup- the story, I assumed, of a mute and careless veterinarian.However, here I was completely wrong. Losing Mum and Pup, as it turns...
The Triumph of Fantasy
AS I WAS SITTING IN MY LOCAL CINEPLEX and waiting, not very hopefully, for the new Star Trek movie to begin, I watched in the space of about 10 minutes seven separate previews of coming attractions, all of which are on the summer blockbuster schedule...
Uneducating the Islamic World
GIVE BARACK OBAMA CREDIT FOR THINKING BIG. Since taking office this past January, the president has embarked upon a fundamental reboot of American foreign policy. From semantic steps like the renaming of the War on Terror to more substantive ones- including...
Walk Hard
WITHIN A YEAR OF BIRTH we learn to walk, much to the delight of our parents. But then we disregard our new ability. Speaking for myself, I only recall never wanting to walk anywhere. For movement I wanted wheels, a real bike, not a tricycle good only...
Will the Next Press Be Capitalist?
It will if freedom remains on the American agenda.WILL THE NEXT PRESS BE CAPITALIST?Whether drained by arrogant habits or strained by admirable commitment, "old" media organizations as currently configured and staffed devour cash- and increasingly fail...