20 years of truth! Celebrating The New American's 20th anniversary, the editor of the magazine, who has been involved since its inception, recounts notable events, achievements, and efforts.
How many other expectant mothers contemplating abortion decided otherwise after reading that issue of TNA, I wondered. Of course, there was no way of knowing. But holding that letter in my hands, I felt a great surge of pride in being editor of a magazine that can make such a positive difference in people's lives. That feeling of pride has never left me.
An Inside Look
This month marks the 20th anniversary of THE NEW AMERICAN magazine, and this issue of the magazine is the 534th that we've published. Unlike the previous 533 issues, we are using the occasion of our 20th anniversary to do something a little different with several of the articles herein--to put the focus more on the magazine itself than is typically the case.
I have been associated with TNA during its entire existence, and during that time I have heard a number of other encouraging stories about how the magazine has positively impacted subscribers and others. For example, a doctor in Utah sent a letter to the editor telling us that TNA is "the most frequently stolen magazine from my waiting room and patients frequently comment on the articles they read there."
A mailman called our circulation department to subscribe, informing us that he used to read the magazine when he delivered it to an addressee on his route. The subscriber had passed away, and the mailman now needed his own subscription. Prior to the subscriber's passing, the mailman had spent so much time reading TNA that the subscriber had noticed a disruption in service and had called TNA to inform us of the problem. That subscriber had also brought that problem to the attention of his mailman, who then confessed to reading the magazine. The result: the subscriber agreed to let the mailman read each issue first before delivering it, so long as he didn't take too long!
A Wisconsin subscriber discovered that his magazine was also being utilized by a stealth reader, this one even closer to home. The subscriber thought that he was the only member of his household reading TNA until he saw how his wife had completed a questionnaire their second grader had brought home from school. Asked to "write down one thing that you want your child to remember about democracy," the wife had answered: "The most important thing to remember about democracy is that the United States is not one. Our country is a republic. A republic ensures rule by law--laws that have been created by a system of checks and balances. In a democracy whatever the majority wants goes--even if it is immoral, unethical or simply wrong. This is a very important difference!" Indeed it is, and the husband immediately realized that (as he put it) "somebody has been sneaking into my subscription to THE NEW AMERICAN when I wasn't looking." At least it wasn't the mailman!
TNA has attracted a loyal readership in part because it is unlike any other periodical. Noticing the difference, an Illinois subscriber wrote us: "THE NEW AMERICAN is a breath of fresh air among news magazines one reads today. We subscribe to Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News sometimes I think they are published by the same publisher."
Way Ahead of the Curve
One difference is that TNA regularly provides information not found in major media organs. Sometimes TNA uncovers facts the major media want to keep hidden; sometimes we report important stories months or years before they appear elsewhere.
For example, TNA warned in a 1989 cover story and a 1991 cover story that the real objective behind the Common Market-European Community process was to create a European suprastate. At the time, this accusation sounded ludicrous to those who had only heard the Establishment propaganda line that these arrangements were about free trade. But now that the European Union, the most recent manifestation of this process, has proceeded to a point where it has its own currency and central bank, and has begun imposing regulations on member countries, the premeditated merger exposed by TNA a decade and a half ago has become too obvious to deny.
TNA has issued similar warnings about the NAFTA-FTAA process. As was the case with the EU, the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas is being deceptively promoted as a "free-trade agreement," when in fact the real purpose is to build a supranational government of the Western Hemisphere, using the EU as a model.
TNA warned that "illegal immigration is reaching crisis proportions" in our June 2, 1986 cover story. Now it has reached crisis proportions, and TNA has since shown how the immigration invasion fits the broader objective of eliminating our borders entirely in a hemispheric merger.
Since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, TNA has published 10 cover stories (plus other articles) showing evidence of government coverup and multiple John Does, including, eventually, links between the OKC bombing and the more recent 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 1998, then-state Rep. Charles Key observed: "Most of the credit for keeping the public informed, in the midst of a mainstream media blackout, goes to THE NEW AMERICAN and investigative reporter William Jasper."(For more information about TNA's OKC investigation, see page 25.) In our October 12, 1998 issue, we published Osama bin Laden's grim visage on the cover, exposing his importance in the international terror network almost three years before 9/11.
Over the last 20 years, TNA has often been first in reporting important facts and trends that did not appear until much later (and sometimes never appeared) in the major media. But far more important than being first is being right--and our long track record for accuracy is the real key to our subscriber loyalty and our effectiveness.
Of course, TNA warns against assaults on our freedoms so that something can be done about them. We recognize the power of truth and are not defeatist! In fact, the news is not all bad, and, as just one example, TNA has championed a positive cultural trend--home schooling--in a 1987 cover story and many times thereafter. In 1987, recall, home schooling was still a relatively small cultural phenomenon that was greatly restricted by the laws of many states; it has since become a mass movement with over a million children being home-schooled.
The Right Perspective
The mission of TNA is encapsulated by the slogan line on the cover--That freedom shall not perish. The abortion assault, which has claimed the lives of more than 45 million innocent victims since the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, is one example of where a precious freedom--the right to life--is under attack. Our liberties are also threatened by the incessant growth of the federal government far in excess of its constitutional authority. And they are threatened by the growing multinational network of alphabet soup agencies --the UN, ICC, IMF, EU, NAFTA, CAFTA, and the proposed FTAA--that the global architects intend to coalesce into a world government.
TNA's editorial slant may accurately be described as "conservative," if this refers to preserving the values and vision that have made this country the envy of the collectivist old world--limited government under the U.S. Constitution; traditional morality; and in the area of foreign affairs, avoiding foreign entanglements and going to war only when necessary to defend hearth and home. Consequently, TNA parts company with neo-conservatives who, like liberals, seek more government and more internationalism. Moreover, TNA has never been skittish about opposing the policies of supposedly conservative Republican administrations when those administrations adopt policies in contradiction of these principles.
For example, TNA pointed out that it was wrong for both Presidents Bush to usurp the congressional power to declare war, just as we pointed out that it was wrong for Bill Clinton to usurp this power when he was president. The Founding Fathers, we have repeatedly stated, never intended to entrust the war power to a single man. Our editorial policy is guided by such principles, not by the shifting stances of political parties or by who may occupy the White House at any given time. Regardless of the public perceptions or party affiliations of those who exercise power, we base our editorial policy on principle and let the political chips fall where they may.
TNA has also not been skittish about exposing and opposing the global power elites working to submerge our country into a world government controlled by themselves. We have even dared to call this unfolding power grab a "conspiracy." The reason our country is in danger of losing its independence and freedom is because the architects of the new world are relying on deception in order to accomplish their ends. But TNA's conclusions regarding conspiracy are always based on facts; we give no credence to--and have occasionally taken the space to warn against--wild conspiracy theories or rumors that do real harm to exposing what's really happening behind the scenes and why.
To those who argue that TNA should avoid offering any conclusions of its own, but should instead give balanced treatment to all points of view, I like to point out that not all points of view are right, and that we are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Unlike many other media organs, however, which claim to be objective while slanting the news in favor of the wrong side, TNA proudly acknowledges its role in offering the other side. And to those who claim that there is no right or wrong side because there are no truths or absolutes, I say ... well ... THE NEW AMERICAN is not for you.
TNA is not for everyone. It is intended for thinking Americans who share our concern about the ongoing struggle between freedom and repression on the political, economic, and cultural battlefronts. In fact, in my estimation, no one truly interested in preserving freedom should be without it. This opinion may sound overly boastful, but it is based on two decades of observing how many of our readers have not simply read the magazine to become better informed, but have put the information to effective use in the freedom fight.
TNA in Action
TNA articles and issues are most effective when they are incorporated into the action programs of the John Birch Society, the magazine's parent organization.
Consider, for Exhibit A, Bill Clinton's 1996 nomination of Anthony Lake to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency. When the nomination was announced, TNA already knew about Lake's subversive background, including his longtime association with the Soviet-linked Institute for Policy Studies. We also knew that Clinton's audacious move--akin to putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop--would be stopped if Lake's radical past were made more widely known.
And so TNA exposed that past in a major article entitled "Security Risk for CIA" in our January 20, 1997 issue, and John Birch Society members spearheaded the campaign to circulate that information far beyond the magazine's subscriber base.
To support the article, TNA compiled a special documentation packet, which was sent to every member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as well as to selected JBS members who would be able to get the information to key representatives and senators. After reviewing the material, one Senate aide acknowledged to a JBS member that the information was "fantastic" and would serve as a basis for additional questions at Lake's confirmation hearings. Those questions were never asked, however, since Lake suddenly withdrew his nomination before being grilled on his subversive past.
Our exposure of Lake's subversive background did not go unnoticed by the Establishment press, which tried, unsuccessfully, to counter it. Soon after our article appeared, the January 17, 1997 New York Times complained in its lead editorial: "The John Birch Society and other opponents are busily assembling a Lake dossier--widely circulated on the Internet--that depicts him as a dangerous radical." A few weeks later, an op-ed by Douglas Brinkley in the February 10 New York Times attempted to salvage the Lake nomination by smearing those exposing his record: "After Mr. Lake was nominated for Director of Central Intelligence, the John Birch Society and other anti-government fringe groups launched a smear campaign.... In an error-ridden article in THE NEW AMERICAN, a John Birch publication, William F. Jasper dissected Mr. Lake's resume and found a pattern of anti-Americanism." Revealingly, in his op-ed piece Brinkley did not bother to cite even a single example of an "error."
TNA also supplied much of the information used by the John Birch Society in the latter's "Impeach Clinton Now!" campaign. That effort was launched in November 1997, and timed with that launch, TNA published its November 10 "Impeachable Offenses" issue, with every article related to the case for impeachment. A large "overrun" of that issue was printed so that it could be distributed widely, and the issue proved to be so popular that an updated and expanded edition was released the following year.
When the JBS launched its "Impeach Clinton Now!" campaign, the Monica Lewinsky scandal had not yet surfaced. Both before and after the Lewinsky bombshell exploded, the magazine and the JBS focused on Clinton's compromise of national security in exchange for Chinese cash--a treasonous scandal that became known as "Chinagate"--as the principal reason for impeachment. Though Clinton was eventually impeached on charges related to the Lewinsky scandal, it is very possible he would not have been impeached at all if the JBS had not launched its campaign, supported with information from TNA. As the December 15, 1998 Washington Post noted shortly before Clinton was impeached: "[The success of] leaders of the John Birch Society ... is a demonstration of how a determined and ideologically committed group can changed the course of history."
Changing the course of history is no exaggeration: Clinton became only the second president--and the first elected president--in American history to be impeached. Though he wasn't convicted and thrown out of office by the Senate, his impeachment surely sent a message that "enough is enough" and took some of the wind out of the Clinton presidency.
Also, our articles warning against a modern-day constitutional convention became part of a successful John Birch Society campaign. At the height of this threat, 32 states (34 were needed) had petitioned Congress to convene a con-con for the stated purpose of drafting a balanced-budget amendment. The TNA articles warned that a con-con cannot be limited to a single issue and that it could result in a new Constitution. As John Birchers used these articles and other JBS tools to create this awareness among state legislators, the con-con steamroller stalled.
Later, a 1995 TNA cover story article warning against an alternative "Conference of the States" became the main educational tool exposing that approach to a con-con, and the April 2, 1995 Salt Lake Tribune credited the Society with the victory: "In a span of just weeks, the John Birch Society has heaved the conference locomotive off track." (For more information about the Birch campaign to protect the Constitution, see page 29.)
Of course, no publication, not even TNA, can preserve our freedoms by itself. But examples such as these demonstrate that TNA can be particularly effective when fitted into organized action programs provided by the John Birch Society. And that effectiveness will increase with more subscribers and more members. (To learn more about the JBS and the importance of organization, see page 35.)
Gary Benoit is the editor of THE NEW AMERICAN. He has been associated with the magazine since day one and has been editor for most of its existence.
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