Ken Masugi

About Ken Masugi

Ken Masugi, Ph.D., is 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.

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|

The Left Trashes the Constitution: Sacking the Senate

The Democrats’ trashing of the Constitution did not end with the Kavanaugh confirmation battle but now rambles on with their denunciations of the fundamental institutions of American republican government. They will continue their attack on the electoral process with their disparagement of the Electoral College. Next up, we hear rumblings about the supposed

By | 2018-11-04T22:20:27-07:00 November 3rd, 2018|

They Made the Case Against Kavanaugh 11 Years Ago

With the World Series underway, we think about the Most Valuable Player of each league. We should do that in punditry, too. Aside from the regulars who write for American Greatness, my nominee for MVP (“Most Valuable Pundit”) of the political season is Stuart Taylor, former legal correspondent for the New York Times,

By | 2019-04-20T12:01:18-07:00 October 27th, 2018|

Progressive Elitism by the Numbers

A shrewd observer of American politics, Thomas Edsall sums up the evidence that the Democratic Party has rapidly become a far more left-wing party than it ever has been. In the last 18 years, the percentage of white Democrats identifying themselves as liberal doubled, from 28 to 55 percent, while percentages of moderates

By | 2018-10-24T20:59:47-07:00 October 23rd, 2018|

Harry Jaffa on Kavanaugh and the Crisis of America Divided

The centenary of Harry V. Jaffa’s birth was October 7. He passed away on January 10, 2015 after a career of scholarship and teaching that got people to see the philosophic foundations for understanding America. In seeking to understand one’s own country, one philosophized. In his major books, Crisis of the House Divided

By | 2018-10-10T21:07:54-07:00 October 9th, 2018|

Obama’s Con-Job ‘Conservatism’

Some “conservatives” never learn and continue to live under mental delusions. Barack Obama has commanded their souls and continues to do so today. His public return to politics, first with his South Africa speech and last week with his campaign speech disguised as an award acceptance speech in Illinois, repeat the centrist show

By | 2018-09-12T21:54:52-07:00 September 12th, 2018|