Articles by Ken Masugi

Trump Calls Out the New Confederate and Tory Mobs

efore the Mount Rushmore giants, President Trump became the voice of reason, justice, and unity, of Martin Luther King, and of patriotic Americans against today’s Confederates—the rioters of 2020—and of today’s Tories, the mainstream media and their elite academic masters. Trump reaffirmed the revolution of 1776 against the oldest as well as the contemporary enemies […]

Lincoln’s New Assassins

ow the mob takes the role of John Wilkes Booth in removing perhaps the greatest of all Lincoln sculptures, the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, located in northeast Washington, D.C. The preeminent Lincoln scholar of our or any other time, Harry V. Jaffa, said many times that this sculpture, originally referred to as the Freedman’s […]

A New Dred Scott Decision Immortalizing Bureaucracy

ust as the infamous Dred Scott case in 1857 would have extended slavery throughout America, so Thursday’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California threatens to make the machinations of bureaucratic government supreme and unrepealable. Chief Justice John Roberts’ 5-4 court opinion strengthens the grip of the administrative state—the […]

Gorsuch Takes a Knee

hat U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch did in his opinion proclaiming that civil rights in employment requires  recognition of gay rights was abominable enough, but what it revealed about his view of his role as a justice is even worse. Conservative critiques of Gorsuch’s pretentious preening aside—if Justice Antonin Scalia were alive, he’d be […]

Have COVID-19 and the Riots Exposed How We Destroyed the Declaration?

s it possible that with the COVID-19 crisis and now, riots in our cities, we have forgotten the central principle of America, the Declaration of Independence’s resonating duality of equality and liberty? Their meaning in turn illuminates the core human qualities of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness….” and the subsequent need for government […]

‘The Weight’ Worth Waiting For

ast fall, this remarkable 50th anniversary video recording of Robbie Robertson’s 1969 hit song, “The Weight,” dazzled viewers with its international cast of performers. Easter inspires further exploration of the religious depth of the country lyrics. Canadian Robertson has long been fascinated by the South, with its heritage of the Bible, tragedy, ancestral ties, and […]

Was the Revolution About Reason?

he book’s intricate title, America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It, enlists readers into the spirit of revolution. It appeals to thirsty intellects and to those who long for noble actions, with its careful reading of profound documents and appreciation of monumental actions, thus asserting the […]

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, […]

How Christianity Transformed Political Life

William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a play as complex as it is dark. Nonetheless it is a comedy as well as a dazzling drama—full of both horror and humor, with a happy ending. Attempting to condense its subtleties does no justice to the lessons its audience learns as they experience the range of emotions […]

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 […]

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: […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]