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. 39, No. 7, September

American Exceptionalism
What Tocqueville noticed about America's uniqueness 170 plus years ago remains even more valid today-a daunting reminder of the caution with which the U.S. must proceed in its admirable efforts to advance the cause of liberty and freedom in the world.WHEN...
A Terrible Battle
LONDONYou MIGHT THINK LONDON a curious locale from which to celebrate July 4th, or Independence Day as we say. But the city abounds with British citizens who admire our country. I spent the evening of July 4th in the vast and glorious edifice that is...
Breaking Away
Breaking Away Confessions of a Former Dittohead by Jim Derych (IG PUBLISHING, 200 PAGES, $13.95 PAPER)Proud to Re a Liberal Edited by Elizabeth Clementson and Robert Lasner (IG PUBLISHING, 208 PAGES, $12.95 PAPER)Reviewed by Shawn MacomberAs WITH MOST...
British Mean Streaks
DEMONIZATION IS AN UNPLEASANT blood sport, especially when its quarries are people you admire. I have been getting upset in London this summer because two American heroes of mine have between them been vilified in a political soap opera, a scandal, a...
Buckeye Blues
In Ohio, scandals surrounding Taft grandson Robert A. Taft Il have made that state's long-dominant GOP suddenly vulnerable up and down the ticket just as Kenneth Blackwell, a favorite among national conservatives, makes his long-awaited run for the Buckeye...
Clear Eyed
FRIDAYHUMIDITY. YUCK. When you live in California, you learn to love the absence of humidity. But, alas, the humidity is still there lurking in the East, waiting for the unwary traveler.Today, I did a commercial at Riverfront Stadium in Newark for my...
Correspondence
CellularIn the June 2006 issue David Holman writes the following about Senator George Alien ("The Jeffersonian"): "He eschews cell phones" because Allen feels they are "too much of a distraction." On the very cover of that issue of the magazine is George...
Countryside and Culture
THERE IS AN EMERGING "CULTURE WAR" which has dominated British politics for the last two decades, and is beginning to be noticeable in America too, and that is the war over the countryside. How should the land be settled? For what purpose, by what kind...
Current Wisdom
New York TimesFrom exotic Hicksville comes word that Denward is retiring his organ:This decision from the New York Court of Appeals places a choice before me. Should I, as a gay man, in all good conscience, attend the weddings of family and friends when...
Giuliani and Churchill: They Go Back Well before 9/11
IN THE 1989 New York City mayoral election Rudy Giuliani fared better than any Republican candidate had in nearly 25 years, but he lost by less than 50,000 votes, in one of the closest races in the city's history. Just as Winston Churchill fell into...
He Was Our Friend
ANTI-AMERICANISM BECAME the most ubiquitous form of racism in the latter part of the 20th century. And if you don't agree with that, your argument is not with me, but with Paul Johnson, whose judgment it was in his masterful history, Modern Times.For...
Kneejerk Imperialists
Kneejerk Imperialists Islamic Imperialism: A History by Efraim Karsh (YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 264 PAGES, $30)Reviewed by Daniel JohnsonCONFRONTED BY THE THREAT of Islamist terrorism, the West still does not know its enemy. Efraim Karsh's new book is a...
On the Prowl
Boyle Oh BoyThe fight over judges is going to come to a head after Labor Day recess, say Senate insiders, but the fight could have been much easier had the White House and the Counsel's Office better coordinated earlier this year.According to Senate...
Party Wars in Arizona
IN ITS BEGINNINGS, THE MODERN CONSERVATIVE movement was little more than an uphill effort to rally around a single national leader at a time, first Ohio's Robert Taft and then Arizona's Barry Goldwater. Today, the descendants of Taft and Goldwater are...
Passion without Reason
PUBLIC SUFFERING IS THE PREROGATIVE of the celebrity. In fact, you could almost say that public suffering is what makes him a celebrity. I use the word "him" in that sentence not only because I wish to uphold the English language's long tradition of...
Ready for Rudy
He made it in New York. Can he make it anywhere else?New YorkONE JET PASSENGER NEVERH WILL FORGET the evening of March 9, 2005. He remembers flying with Rudolph William Giuliani from Dallas, where "America's Mayor" earlier that day had delivered a motivational...
Shacking Up
WERE WE OUTCASTS BY CHOICE or circumstance? It's difficult to tell even now, really, since one so often feeds off the other. I' ve known political cartoonist Ryan Higgins since the seventh grade; long enough for him to have been an integral part of basically...
Sons of the Fathers
CARL SANDBURG CHRISTENED CHICAGO "City of the Big Shoulders." These days the nation's third largest metropolis might merit a new moniker: "City of the Big Nepotists." It seems the only way to get ahead in politics there is to have had the right father...
The Continuing Crisis
July has come and gone, and the Israeli Defense Forces spent much of the month rummaging through Lebanon looking for two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by pious Hezbollah terrorists who wandered into Israel seeking companionship. At month's end the genial...
The Death Wish Revisited
ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO, the English writer Malcolm Muggeridge wrote an article for The American Spectator's 10th anniversary issue (November 1977) entitled "Operation Death Wish." "Our Western civilization," he wrote,is the first in all history to breed...
The Full Murtha
WASHINGTON is A FORGIVING TOWN, at least to Democrats. Generally, scandal-tainted Republicans are given little quarter. John McCain is the most outstanding exception, and campaign finance reform is his ongoing penance. In the absence of such surrender...
The Laffer Curve Strikes Again
The Bush Lax cuts create new wealth and greater tax revenue.IN JANUARY 2003 George W. Bush's presidency was in a rut. The first round of Keynesian tax cuts enacted in 2001 had put dollars into consumers' pockets but had tailed to pump much juice into...
The Pursuit of Liberty
THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR has always greeted the world with a combination of amusement and seriousness, and this issue is no exception. Readers will find on our cover a return to our famed 1990s logo with its amused "ct" in "Spectator," and plenty inside...
They Asked for It
WASHINGTONTO THE GRIZZLED AND DISHEVELED Stalwarts of Hezbollah and Hamas, may I say you did it to yourselves. Kapow! As another Israeli bomb lands nearby, as a shell whizzes overhead, may I remind you that you are hunkering down either on Gaza or on...
True in His Fashion
True in His Fashion Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Man of Style by Ian Kelly (FREE PRESS, 393 PAGES, $26)Reviewed by Florence KingTHE FEMINIST GERMAINE GREER once declaimed that it was folly to allow men to rule the world when they begin the day by tying...
X-Ray Vision
X-Ray Vision Honor: A History by James Bowman (ENCOUNTER BOOKS, 381 PAGES, $25.95)Reviewed by Paul BestonNEARLY FIVE YEARS AGO, on a clear Tuesday mornint;, the United States was attacked by men who claimed to "love death more than you love life," a...