American Spectator

A Title for the Times?

Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, who was taken from us too early at 47 because of a bad heart, blessed us with many observations that were not only funny but acute. I’ve often shared his insight, and do believe that, “Neckties are men’s payback for the …

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Fake News Peddlers Assure Us Fake News Isn’t Influential

An interesting item popped up in America’s newspaper of record on Tuesday and it featured this headline: Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown That’s right, after more than a year of breathless “reporting” about foreign influence on the …

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Mike Pence, America’s Class Act

Did you hear the one about the gay U.S. men’s figure skater in the Winter Olympics? No, this isn’t the start of a barroom joke, but just more of the same PC drivel that has been leveled at Vice President Mike Pence since he became …

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Trump’s Terrible, Swift Sword

President Trump unveiled a budget Monday that seeks $3 trillion in cuts over the next decade. What a difference a week makes. The president signed a bill authorizing increases in domestic spending to secure larger increases in defense spending last week. This followed a State …

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Torch the Olympics

The Olympics — winter edition — are upon us in all their usual extravagance. They are being played in Korea — the one that is south of the 37th parallel — and this makes for a kind of tension. The Olympics are supposed to be …

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Free Speech for Me, But Not Against One with an Allergy

“For one vital element of humor is inequality, and striking visual, aural, and physical differences,” Paul Johnson writes in his slim 2010 book Humorists. “Differences in sex, age, color, race, religion, physical ability, and strength lie at the source of probably a majority of jokes …

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Now for a Few Words About the Rule of Law

For a number of years after my quiz show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, ended production after about 900 episodes, one of my main activities was public speaking. I spoke mostly to business people and investors, all across the country and in cities large and small, …

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Hillary’s Danger Field, Part Two

Rodney Dangerfield is our guest again this week. He opens with this signature line: “My wife, she’s really somethin’. Her father died last week, and she had his body frozen… Every time I go to take a snack, he falls out of the refrigerator!” We …

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Understanding Trump and the Fear for U.S. Democracy

Americans are constantly being warned that Donald Trump’s presidency means the end of American democracy — this from not simply obvious partisans but Hollywood and TV, the nation’s top journalists and commentators, the academy, mainstream think tanks, Republican and Democratic politicians and even former presidents …

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The Constitution’s ‘Poetic’ Preamble

The person most responsible for the Constitution’s final form was Gouverneur Morris. The Preamble, which begins with “We the People,” is one of the world’s most recognizable bits of prose — prose that, at least in some ways, approaches poetry. Morris had been well educated …

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