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. 3, April

An American Church in Paris
THE FIRST U.S. CHURCH to be established on foreign soil is having a surprising renaissance. It is the American Church in Paris, which held its earliest services in 1814, becoming officially chartered with the approval of Emperor Louis Napoleon in 1856....
Blowing Up Hawaii
A MERICA1S MOTTO IS "E PLURIBUS UNUM," Latin for "Out of many, one." But Congress is in danger of reading it backward, as the Senate prepares to vote this spring on creating an independent, racebased government for Native Hawaiians.The House has already...
Censorship Inc
THE MAJORITY IS DEEPLY WRONG on the law," according to a critic of January's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Flection Commission. "Most wrongheaded of all is its insistence that corporations are just like people and entitled to...
Current Wisdom
PoliticsDaily.comThe charmless David Corn continues in the grip of the Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) long after the Menace has shipped off to the Lone Star state:Watching President Barack Obama at the White House health care summit last week, it was...
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Gore Vidal versus Christopher Hitchens.As literary feuds go it has all the hallmarks of a classic. In one corner, the journalist and polemicist Christopher IIitchens. In the other, America's great man of letters, Gore Vidal. The latest salvo is in this...
Gratitude and Grace
IN THE RELIGIONS THAT ARE FAMILIAR TO US, the idea of grace is of fundamental importance. The term (Latin gratia) translates a variety of words in Hebrew. Greek, Arabic, and Sanskrit, but all the sacred texts seem to point in the same direction, affirming...
Hamid Karzai (D-Chicago)
WASHINGTONI AM BEGINNING TO THINK OF President Hamid Karzai as Hamid Karzai (D-Afghanistan). The way he inveighs against troops who are fighting to secure his government in that inhospitable realm sounds very much like Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois)...
How to Clean Up Washington's Mess
Republicans-and the Fed-have no time to waste.IT WAS A SADDER AND WISER AMERICA that entered the year 2010. Voters had learned that the "messiah" who had ascended to the presidency a year earlier possessed no divine powers. He was merely a Chicago machine...
In and out of the Snow
WEDNESDAYNOW, THIS IS WHAT I CALL WORK. I am in Las Vegas. I am not feeling at all well. Food poisoning, I think. My suitcase handle is broken. My hotel room is about five miles from the check-in counter at the Venetian. It is the middle of the night...
My Country Right or Left
YEARSAGO, I ASKED MICHAEL KINSLEY, then the editor of Harper's, if liberals ever think the state has grown large enough. This was in the early 1980s, so a vast government expansion- Great Society, EPA, Department of Energy, and others- had already happened....
On the Prowl
Nice RNC Work If You Can Get ItIn early March, Republican National Committee finance chief Rob Bickhart became the poster boy for all that was wrong with the RNC led by former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, when it was revealed that he had been paid...
Out of Control
BACK WHEN I WAS AN ECONOMICS PROFESSOR, I Was always amazed to hear faculty members complain that the United States was not more like Europe. They were enamored with the cradle-to-grave entitlements of the European welfare state.Every society tries to...
Staying Alive
ANCIENT tongues like latin tend to enter our daily lives in small ways. There is the quick phrase sitting like an italicized island lending polish and age, if not pretension, to what we write. In art galleries there is the occasional tapestry with Latin...
The Brad Ellsworth Test
Can this Indiana Blue Dog still hunt?THE 2006 MIDTERM ELECTIONS were ahead and Rahm Emanuel was thinking big. George W. Bush's approval ratings were in the basement, the Republican Party's image was in tatters, and the electorate had turned sharply against...
The Continuing Crisis
February was Winter Olympics month. It concluded with Canada winning the most gold medals while the United States accounted for the largest overall medal haul with 37. Curiously, America's Nobel laureate, President Barack Obama, was awarded no medal...
The Good Old Days
How William Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia set the stage for a conservative turnaround on the U.S. Supreme Court.PAUL CLEMENT, George W. Bush's solicitor general, was trying to persuade the Supreme Court to broadly interpret the Civil Rights Act of 1866....
The Laughs Keep Coming
SAD AS THE SUDDEN DEATH BY DROWNING of Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld in Orlando undoubtedly was, it could also be seen as a terrible warning to the rest of us who increasingly see all entertainment as some version or another of a SeaWorld act. treating...
The Male of the Species (American)
WASHINGTONIn recent years when I have heard the ongoing dirge about the deficiencies of America's young men I have had my doubts. The army that we have sent abroad to confront some of the most barbaric enemies Western civilization has ever faced is superb....
The Man with the Plan
Paul Ryan's "Roadmap" to save America from its looming fiscal collapse.IN LATE JANUARY, President Obama dazzled political reporters when he addressed a gathering of House Republicans in Baltimore. The press marveled at Obama's intelligence, command of...
The Problem with Palin
It's been quite a ride. But what has she learned?"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience."- Patrick Henry, 1775"I told reporters what I still believe today: government experience doesn't necessarily count...
Thinking Ahead
ALL rise for the Rehnquist court" was the headline to our cover story announced in October 1986. It's nice to have Justices Rehnquist and Scalia again on our cover- and even nicer to have been proved right. Those two changed the direction of the high...
Up from Ideology
A conservative's definition of conservatism-an excerpt from RET's new book, After the Hangover.EVER SINCE THE REAGAN PRESIDENCY, the smokestacks of the Kultursmog have pumped out the myth that conservatives intent on cutting taxes, deregulating industry,...