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. 43, No. 4, May

Bar Fight
DEMAGOGUES on the RIGHT are smearing loyal Americans as disloyal and charging that the government is being undermined from within," thumped the New York Times in a March editorial:These voices- often heard on Fox News- are going after Justice Department...
Citizens United We Stand
The ruling that restored free speech to politics has the left in an uproar. But it will also test corporate mettle.March 24, 2009, was a turning point in the long-running battle to restrict political speech, aka "campaign finance reform." On that day,...
Current Wisdom
American ProspectAn exigent dialectic on the pages of AmPros between Adam and Gabriel demonstrates yet again that at least among Liberals there really has not been much evolution since the era of Cro-Magnon man, and that these two nitwits presumably...
First Things First
Qualifying for a presidential run in 2012 requires serious team play in 2010.CONSERVATIVES FACE A DILEMMA that can become an opportunity. The 2010 election will decide whether America continues to careen toward a future somewhere between France and Greece...
Getting to Know Miley Cyrus
NEW YORKERS WALKING DOWN THE STREETS of midtown Manhattan in March were suddenly alarmed to notice the figure of a naked man perched on various rooftops and on the 26th floor ledge of the Empire State Building. There were 31 of these effigies, all plaster...
How Dare You Teach Conservatism!
And in Texas, of all places.Texas's elected state board of education, back in March, had the audacity to instruct Texas book publishers as to the need for more philosophically conservative standards in the social studies curriculum. The Texas market...
Indiana Spring
IT MAY SEEM ODD, but often one's favorite things in life turn out to be those one didn't grow up with. So having spent my first 20 odd years in California I knew nothing about the languid charms of humid summers or the heavenly silence of snowy nights....
Limousine Liberal
Richard Blumenthal chases ambulances all the way to the Senate.DEMOCRATS caught one of their few lucky breaks of the young midterm election cycle when Sen. Chris Dodd-officially "D-CT" but often affectionately designated as "D-Countrywide"announced his...
Mother's Day Observance
Millions of American families will be celebrating Mother's Day this month with carnations, chocolates, greeting cards, and all the usual paraphernalia of a well-established national holiday.The date of this annual festivity- the second Sunday in May-...
On Defending Beauty
For better or worse I have been identified by the British establishment as the person who can be relied upon to defend the indefensible, and who might be allowed to defend the indefensible even on state television (that is, the BBC) provided the defense...
On the Prowl
Opening Day JittersWhen the White House was planning President Barack Obama's appearance at Nationals Stadium to throw out the first pitch of the 2010 baseball season, it was so concerned that he would be jeered that it inquired whether the Nats' PR...
Orange Juice Unlimited
SATURDAYWell. Here I am at the Mission Bay Hilton in San Diego. I don't feel well. Maybe I have a touch of food poisoning. Or maybe a stomach bug. There is one going around and I guess I got it. Actually, now that I have been given the miracle of Tazo...
Race to the Top-Of What?
The administration is taking on the teachers' unions-sort of.WHEN BARACK OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, few thought he would prove as fervent as George W. Bush about reforming America's woeful public schools. But these days, Obama's attempts to overhaul public education...
Rolling Back the Socialist Tide
Where Maggie succeeded and Winston failed-lessons for today.TALK ABOUT A SWIFT REVERSAL in fortune. Consider how quickly British prime minister Winston Churchill went from winning a war to losing the peace. On V-E Day- May 8, 1945, the day after the...
Stamped for Failure
Welcome to California, where it pays not to work.IT'S A SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON in balmy Santa Cruz, California. Commercial stalwarts the Gap, Starbucks, and Borders Books, as well as a handful of locally owned stores and restaurants, are open for business,...
The Audacity of Rope-a-Dope
Obama promised a different kind of health care reform.SUPPORTERS OF OBAMACARE claim the president simply delivered what he promised during the campaign, so the American people should stop demanding the law's repeal. But that isn't true. As a candidate,...
The Continuing Crisis
March witnessed the realization of one of the Liberals' oldest and most cherished goals, the national takeover of American health care. If you plan to get sick, do it nowbefore any further damage to American medicine is achieved. The measure passed the...
The Mount Vernon Statement
CONSERVATIVE leaders from throughout the country gathered on Wednesday, February 17, at the Collingwood Library and Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, which is located on what was once a portion of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. They had come...
Why the Tea Party Movement Is Important
THE LAST TIME THE RIGHT WAS ENERGIZED With new blood, new foot soldiers, and new voters was in the late 1970s, when the Christian Right, as Evangelicals were then called, realized that they'd better get into politics or watch their way of life be swallowed...
Will Petraeus Be like Ike?
As his achievements pile up, speculation grows that superstar Gen. David Petraeus will run for the White House.IN the early stages of implementing the surge strategy in Iraq, United States military commanders started to detect that the new plan was working,...