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.

From ‘Flight 93’ to Air Force One

Michael Anton, author of the most consequential pro-Trump article written during the 2016 campaign, “The Flight 93 Election,” returns with a short, 97-page book, After the Flight 93 Election. Besides his original 4,300 word essay—the entirety of which Rush Limbaugh read on-air to an electrified audience shortly after it appeared in September 2016—Anton

By | 2019-07-31T14:39:24-07:00 March 22nd, 2019|

Clarence Thomas: “Freedom Man,” Free at Last

In his farewell address, President Ronald Reagan recalled a Vietnamese refugee who upon leaving his leaky boat for the American rescue ship, yelled out, “Hello, American sailor. Hello, freedom man.”    That image of American military power in the cause of justice is replicated in the stormy seas raised by administrative state today:

By | 2019-03-06T19:44:54-07:00 March 5th, 2019|

A State of the Union 75 Years in the Making: Trump Answers FDR

No mere spectacle, President Trump’s State of the Union address will set the course of his campaign into 2020. The basic divide he sees—whether this is how he would characterize it or not—concerns the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. Does the American Founding celebrate recognizing an equality that calls us to expand

By | 2019-02-13T20:32:07-07:00 February 13th, 2019|

The Real Deconstruction of the Administrative State

"I must see Marini!!!” My boss, Clarence Thomas, then chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, wrote that command in bold script across the first page of an essay by John Marini on how the deterioration of Congress led to the administrative state. The future Supreme Court justice was reading his work because he had

By | 2019-11-27T22:12:20-07:00 January 31st, 2019|Tags: |

The Causes of Steve King’s Moral Relativism

In the course of their public responsibilities and acting on concrete political problems, Congressmen should know better than to ask abstract questions—particularly when in the company of New York Times reporters with no inclination to give them the benefit of the doubt. At best, this from Steve King, seemed another provocation: “White nationalist,

By | 2019-01-18T23:17:39-07:00 January 17th, 2019|

Thanksgiving: The Odd Bird Holiday

President Trump’s traditional pardoning of Thanksgiving turkeys displayed both his wit and partisanship in service of a higher understanding of American politics. Even the Washington Post writer, its drama critic, had to offer grudging praise for Trump’s performance, even excusing his “earnest platitudes.” The mixture of comedy and earnestness arises from the very

By | 2018-11-21T23:37:24-07:00 November 22nd, 2018|

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