Articles from American Spectator

Sacramento Attacks the Sacraments

California State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) sponsors a bill to jail Catholic priests for not reporting to the state authorities the confessions of those who abuse children and the parents who neglect them. Priests who refuse to violate the confidentiality of penitents face a year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

St. Matthew, not to mention the Catholic missionaries who established an outpost in San Mateo in the 18th century, do not approve.

Why the ‘Green New Deal’ Will Not Fly in Missouri

How well prepared are different players in Missouri’s highly diversified economy to join the “Green New Deal” proposed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and endorsed by several presidential contenders?

Are businesses and people in our state ready to make the jump from an economy that is heavily dependent on fossil fuels to one that would “meet 100 percent of power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy” over the next ten years?

Scams, Big and Small

The media claims to have learned its lesson after the Jussie Smollett and Covington cases. But, of course, it hasn’t. It can’t resist stories based on anti-Trump prejudice, starting with its favorite one, the allegation that Trump and Russia colluded in the 2016 election.

Confronting Government’s Revenue Addiction

The law of civil forfeiture allows police and prosecutors to seize and keep cash, cars, homes, businesses and property of all kinds without ever criminally charging or convicting the owners. As originally conceived, it was to be a deterrent by which law enforcement would transfer the ill-gotten gains of crime to the public treasury. But, as so often happens with governmental power, it has transmuted over the years into a semi-criminal operation in and of itself.

The Cultural Reichstag Fires

Remember the Reichstag fire? It was perhaps the seminal event that sealed Germany’s fate as a socialist dictatorship before the Allies were finally able to pry that nation out of the jaws of Nazism in 1945 (although for the eastern portion of the country human dignity and freedom wouldn’t come for another 40-plus years thanks to Soviet imperialism).

Can Nick Sandmann Save the First Amendment?

Nick Sandmann is back in the news, literally with a vengeance. If there is anyone in the galaxy who doesn’t recognize the name, this is the high school teen viciously maligned by the media after a leftwing activist with a film crew attempted to provoke a confrontation with him as he waited for a bus near the Lincoln Memorial. Having committed the crimes of wearing a red MAGA cap and smiling, Sandmann was vilified by the media as a smug beneficiary of “white privilege” who had bullied a Native American veteran. This turned out to be a lie, of course.

Bernie and Cal

The least improbable feature of Bernie Sanders campaign to become President is that, if elected, he would be 80 years old when he takes the oath of office. But, then, he is not only old, he is a socialist and represents one of the smallest, whitest states in the Union. Not the ideal résumé for a presidential candidate. But Sanders is not lacking in determination.

He is also a humorless scold but that comes with being an old-school socialist. There is nothing funny about inequality and in the socialist universe, everything is about… inequality. You never take the day off.