Articles by Ken Masugi

Professor Trump’s Lessons for Higher Education

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Trump’s Coming Victory Over Identity Politics

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Lessons My Nazi Student Taught Me

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The Triumph of ‘Dunkirk’

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Religious Liberty Fireworks at the Supreme Court

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Coarse Correction: The Real Significance of the 2016 Election

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Mitch Landrieu: Monument Man for a Lost Cause

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Romancing Reactionaries: Andrew Sullivan, the Left, and Not Getting It

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A Rape in Bureaucracy’s Bedroom

  In one of the wealthiest, most highly-educated counties in America, two illegal immigrants raped a 14 year-old girl during school hours. The crime occurred March 16 at Rockville High School, a few blocks from where I live in Montgomery County, Maryland. The nationally reported crime cries out to have its true national significance exposed, […]

Shootout Over Natural Law at Gorsuch Gulch?

Supreme Court justices sometimes devise overly clever “tests” in their opinions to determine the constitutionality of a law or government action. Here’s my one-pronged (and multi-part) Supreme Court minimal competency test, derived from Abraham Lincoln’s critique of Chief Justice Taney’s opinion in Dred Scot: Was Lincoln right in making the Declaration of Independence the basis of constitutional government? […]

Political Loyalty Precedes Fundamental Rights: A Reply to Jesse Merriam

Jesse Merriam makes an attractive case for a more principled and thereby, he hopes, more successful approach for conservatives arguing religious liberty cases in the courts. He is concerned in particular with State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers, involving a florist who cited her Christian beliefs in refusing to make a floral arrangement for a same-sex […]

Trump Revisits Gettysburg

As Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg spoke of America by referring to the four score and seven years that had passed since its birth, President Trump envisioned an America twelve score and 10 from its birth; its 250th birthday, or sestercentennial. That would place us in 2026, a year and a half following an eight-year Trump presidency. Our […]

Perez Points to Battle Between Administrative State and America

The battle over the administrative state is joined. In remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential advisor Stephen Bannon called for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee elected as its chairman the very embodiment of the administrative state: former Obama Administration Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. […]

Trump Defends the Constitution

Finally, a president upholds his oath and defends the Constitution against its enemies, domestic as well as foreign. Donald Trump’s inaugural address horrified his typical critics—the media, various conservative and liberal pundits, and sundry identity groups. All this signifies how far these insipid intellectuals and political hacks are from understanding the fundamentals of constitutional government. […]

Clarence Thomas’s Constitutional Mentor

In a recent interview with Bill Kristol and in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Justice Clarence Thomas twice mentioned his first mentors on the American Constitution—John Marini and me. We worked for Thomas back in the late 1980s, when he was chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Given Justice Thomas’s celebration of 25-years on […]

Perpetuation and Moderation: Trump’s Lincolnian Rhetoric

  In recent days, a series of particularly cogent and well-delivered Donald Trump speeches prompted media speculation about his “change of course” and the new direction of his campaign. Though they seem more like distillation than departure to me, it is true that the seriousness and the clarity of the speeches is striking and a […]

‘Hamilton’ Starts to Tell America’s Story

While pundits bemoan the alleged low state of American race relations, the hit musical “Hamilton” defies that conventional wisdom. With their rapping and dancing, the show’s black and other minority actors glorify America by retelling its founding story as a triumph of multiculturalism. The race-conscious casting ultimately defends (to the irritation of leftist critics) the […]