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. 9, November

Advent Is Coming
LATER this month we start Advent, a spiritual season rich in visual and musical images. Its contemporary manifestations include pop-up calendars, corporate carol services, school Nativity plays, and endless renditions of "Joy to the World" or "I'm Dreaming...
An American Tragedy
JUST as we have now arrived at the cultural moment where we have to define art as whatever is displayed in an art gallery or museum, so we also have to define comedy as whatever is said on a late night comedy show. But my surprise at hearing the authence...
Breaking Fast with Bill Safire
SUNDAYA TRULY TERRIBLE DAY. It is the day before Yom Kippur, a big Jewish holiday, the Day of Atonement. For years when I lived in Washington, D.C., Bill Safire would have a party of the Jewish movers and shakers in government and media to mark the breaking...
'Call Fox'
BY THE TIME READERS OF THE New York Times met Van Jones, the Obama administration's so-called green-jobs czar, he had become the Obama administration's former so-called green-jobs czar. Jones's departure came over Labor Day weekend, in the wee hours...
Current Wisdom
Kansas City StarColumnist Yael T. Abouhalkah demonstrates why newspaper circulation is going in the right direction:The excellent idea of taxing soda appears to have a new and huge allyPresident Barack Obama.He gets it: The excessive consumption of fizzy...
Freedom from Foreign Oil
WASHINGTONBOONE Pickens likes to call it a "game changer," and the game he has in mind is a big one, the game for our global energy security. Boone is the billionaire Texas oilman who years ago warned that the price of oil will continue to go up, price...
Joe Being Joe
Our vice president is fairly certain his time has not yet come.THE VICE PRESIDENCY OF THE United States is not big enough for Joseph R. Biden. Less than a year into a job that has him overseeing the $787 billion stimulus package, chairing a middleclass...
Listening to Newt
WASHINGTONWas I wrong about him? I have voiced a low opinion of the Hon. Newt Gingrich since the mid1990s. It was then that I concluded Newt was the Republican equivalent of Boy Clinton. That is to say, Newt was a 1960s narcissist of the student government...
Losing It
CHICAGOIT WAS ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE squanderings of presidential power and prestige in memory.In a last minute decision, President Obama flew off to Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 1 to lobby for his adopted hometown of Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid....
Michael Ledeen on Iran and Democracy
An interview.I HADN'T SEEN MICHAEL LEDEEN IN YEARS when I bumped into him at a party for George Gilder's new book, The Israel Test. An admirer of Machiavelli, Ledeen has for years focused on Iran. His new book, Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against...
No Freedom Left Behind
SEN. TED KENNEDY GOT A LOT OF LAUGHS at a 90th birthday party for Democratic wise man Averell Harriman. Ted toasted the diplomat and said, "Averell, you are only half as old as Ronald Reagan's ideas." President Reagan responded goodnaturedly: "Ted's...
Obama's Foreign Policy: Our Problems, Personified
He has seized on the fecklessness of his predecessors and run with it to the far, far left.THIS FALL, AS BARACK OBAMA REVELED at the UN in the adulation of governments, such as Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and Syria, to which his administration has made...
Obama's Vision through History
He has exacerbated the interventionist tendencies of his predecessors, ignoring the constitutionalist successes of the exceptional Coolidge and Reagan for not a single good economic reason.LET'S SET THE STAGE. After 25 years of economic growth, the U.S....
On the Prowl
McChrystal ClearPentagon sources say that General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, accepted a speaking opportunity at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies in late September only after it became...
Sucking Up to Libya
THE LIBYAN DICTATORSHIP FOLLOWS A PATTERN recognizable elsewhere in the Arab world. A strong and ruthless leader, surrounded by well-rewarded henchmen, legitimizes his original coup d'état as a "revolution" that allegedly conferred power by popular request....
Tex Mess
What is Kay Bailey Hutchison up to?DallasJUST WHAT CONSERVATIVES NEED RIGHT NOW- a family feud in our largest conservative state. "You louse!" "You heel!" "Get that thumb out of my eye!" "No- put down that frying pan first!"Can we hardly wait? Actually,...
The Continuing Crisis
September began on a very depressing note for liberals throughout the United States. September 1 was the third day after the internment of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died August 25 of natural causes, but his gravesite was absolutely still- no stones disturbed,...
The Right of Conscience in the Age of Obama
It can no longer be taken for granted."Conscience is the most sacred of all property"- James MadisonNURSE CATHERINA CENZON-DECARLO WINCED as the doctor inserted forceps into his patient's dilated cervix and pushed them deep into her uterus. Then she...
Two Weddings and a Demerol
PERHAPS it wasn't the greatest idea to try to breeze into Reagan National Airport on September 11 with just over a half hour to spare. Thanks to the awful events of that day eight years ago, air travel has become far less forgiving of time shavers and...
What a Difference a Year Makes
IT HAS OFTEN BEEN SAID that the best thing for the right is a couple of years of the left. Sometimes, depending on who is in charge, a couple of years may not be enough. Sometimes it is more than you need.When the Obama-Pelosi-Reid axis came to power...
When the Party Was Over
LIVING IN PARIS is one of our oldest traditions. It started in 1776 with Ben Franklin, who spent eight enjoyable years wrangling loans, military aid, and diplomatic recognition from France-in the process becoming the homespun darling of many powdered...