Ken Masugi

About Ken Masugi

Ken Masugi, Ph.D., is a senior contributor at American Greatness and a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute. He has been a speechwriter for two cabinet members, as well as for Clarence Thomas when he was chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Masugi is co-author, editor, or co-editor of seven books on American politics. He has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor; James Madison College of Michigan State University; the Ashbrook Center of Ashland University; and Princeton University.

Distinguishing Between American Tragedy and Farce

Seeing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) solemnly intone the Constitution reminds one of Shakespeare’s depiction of the murderous Richard III reading the Holy Bible before awed countrymen (some of whom would be his victims). Is it any wonder President Trump’s comedic talents at his rallies seem refreshing to cynical observers? Was it ever really plausible

By | 2020-01-22T23:00:12-07:00 January 21st, 2020|Tags: |

Pelosi Drones on Impeachment

Conventional wisdom suggests the Democrats will fold on delaying impeachment. If they do, it would be good for the Republic. But since when has doing what’s good for the country explained Democrat behavior? Since when has betrayal of the Constitution stopped the Democrats? It didn’t before the Civil War or during the Depression. After all,

By | 2019-12-27T18:32:03-07:00 December 27th, 2019|Tags: |

Leninism: The Highest Stage of Progressivism

Everyone knows the universities are on the political Left. Political science is part of that problem, though it isn’t nearly as corrupt as some other disciplines. While many professors hold their partisan biases close, those inclinations all too often appear in curricula and scholarship and inevitably reach the classroom. A contrary example both of the

By | 2019-12-04T22:28:01-07:00 December 4th, 2019|Tags: |

Who Will Terminate the Would-Be Terminators?

The Democrats intended impeachment to cripple if not terminate the Trump presidency. But now it appears the appalling “Rise of the Bureaucrats” will exonerate Trump and may, in fact, lead to the termination of the Democrats. Like vermin, they flee from light or open hearings. And like the cinematic “Terminator,” they are a ruthless enemy:

By | 2019-11-26T22:10:40-07:00 November 25th, 2019|Tags: |

From Bullets to Ballots, and Back to Bullets?

At the beginning of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln summed up the case against partisan impeachment when he reminded his countrymen that, “It is now for [Americans] to demonstrate to the world that those who can fairly carry an election can also suppress a rebellion; that ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets,

By | 2019-11-08T10:09:14-07:00 November 6th, 2019|Tags: |

Harvard Prefers White Women

Judge Allison Burroughs might want to avoid Chinese restaurants for a while, owing to her disgraceful federal court opinion rationalizing Harvard University’s blatant discrimination against Asian-American undergraduate applicants. After spiking in admissions during the 1990s and comprising 21 percent of Harvard’s student body, Asian-American admissions plateaued to under 20 percent— creeping up to 25 percent

By | 2019-10-10T06:57:39-07:00 October 9th, 2019|Tags: |

Patriot Trump vs. the Leninist Impeachment Pushers

Should President Obama have been impeached for giving cash and assets worth as much as $150 billion to Iran by executive order? Or for lying about Obamacare? No, because that kind of punishment even for these injustices would have trivialized the grave constitutional purpose of impeachment and conviction. Clearly, it would have fulfilled a legitimate

By | 2019-10-12T05:41:20-07:00 October 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Pink Political Scientists vs. White Men

You know President Trump’s politics of disruption is succeeding when political scientists begin paying attention. Aroused from their slumbers, startled profs are even revising the old syllabus and lecture notes. Many political science departments are seeing booming enrollments. What Trump means for the practice of politics has the opportunity of improving the scholarship about politics.

By | 2019-09-14T08:32:54-07:00 September 13th, 2019|Tags: |

Property Rights as the Stumbling Block Against Slavery

The recent charge that the United States was founded on slavery and racism is nothing new. It is a charge that has been leveled repeatedly—and refuted—ever since the Founding. The most decisive response, of course, was the devastating American Civil War, which freed the slaves on the basis of America’s founding proposition that “all men

By | 2019-08-31T07:39:05-07:00 August 29th, 2019|Tags: |

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