Bruce Frohnen

Bruce Frohnen

About Bruce Frohnen

Bruce P. Frohnen is Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law and the author of Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: The Legacy of Burke and Tocqueville, The New Communitarians and The Crisis of Modern Liberalism and editor (with George Carey) of Community and Tradition: Conservative Perspectives on the American Experience. His latest book is Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (written with the late George Carey).

Should the Filibuster Go?

By |2017-04-09T18:24:14-05:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Congress, Democracy, Government, History, Politics|

We Americans are no longer members of a consensual society, devoted to limited government and the rule of law. So, is the filibuster still a guardian of our freedoms?… After eight years of the most radical President in American history, our “fundamentally transformed” nation can no longer afford to allow use of the filibuster [...]

Why Do We Have Confirmation Hearings?

By |2017-04-02T22:55:50-05:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Politics, Supreme Court|

It is understandable that confirmation hearings should sometimes become contentious and even partisan. But the past half-century has seen the infection of the process by serious contentions that go to the heart of constitutional governance itself… Confirmation hearings have a noble place in the American political tradition. They are necessary so that Senators may see [...]

It’s Alive! Why the Idea of a “Living Constitution” Just Won’t Die

By |2017-07-01T09:41:59-05:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Featured, Liberty|

By insisting that judges are responsible for fixing bad laws, rather than interpreting all laws with fairness and respect for standards of due process, progressives gather to themselves the power to impose their vision on the nation. … I find this originalist judicial philosophy to be really troubling. In essence, it means the judges [...]

Why Our Legal System is Failing Us

By |2017-05-17T21:22:10-05:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Ethics, Featured, Justice, Politics, Rule of Law|

The slow disintegration of our legal system will continue apace until and unless judges, in particular, cease acting as if the legal system they serve either does not need or does not deserve their active support… Americans’ attitudes toward lawyers and the legal system are filled with ironies. We complain that lawyers are money-grubbing [...]

Conservatism and Nationalism: A Tale of Ambivalence

By |2019-05-30T11:27:48-05:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Featured, Freedom, Ideology, Presidency|

The nation-state is a fact of life today. It is a necessary protection for people, in their communities, as they face dangers from foreign powers and state-less international elites. But we must remember that it is necessary to guard the guardian of our freedom, and to maintain our own virtue if we are to [...]

President Trump and “Checklist Conservatives”

By |2017-04-03T01:25:14-05:00March 5th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Featured|

For the most part, the term “checklist conservative” is used to imply that the person criticizing a Trump Supporter is an Establishment Conservative. But is this new insult justified?… A new political insult has emerged in recent months: “checklist conservatism.” It is a charge leveled at all kinds of self-identified conservatives whenever they accuse [...]

The Other Election Victory: A Call for Local Action

By |2017-02-27T13:51:04-05:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Donald Trump, Politics|

President Trump rarely uses the language of restraint, but his limited agenda makes clear the vast room available for a renewal of state and local politics as a necessary ground and embodiment of self-government… We continue to witness the left’s refusal to come to grips with their loss of electoral power in Washington, D.C. Childish [...]

Why So Many Leaks in President Trump’s Ship of State?

By |2019-10-16T14:11:08-05:00February 19th, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Bruce Frohnen, Donald Trump, Government, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

The myth of civil service neutrality, like the myth of an unbiased press, has fostered the growth of an arrogant, self-interested governing class and structure than can and will defend its own interests… In less than three weeks, the Trump administration has suffered a Niagara of leaks from the White House to the press. [...]

Judge Gorsuch and the Loss of Our Common Mind

By |2017-02-06T22:00:29-05:00February 6th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Rule of Law, Supreme Court|

Textualism is a compromise, or rather a lowest common denominator, that can allow for a renewal of the rule of law. Still, it rests on a great loss—that of the common mind of our people… Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to fill late Justice Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court, might follow other [...]

History, Hate, & Hysteria: The Unhinging of the Academic Left

By |2018-09-24T14:26:14-05:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Education, Featured|

So long as the government continues subsidizing radical groupthink through its tax, research, and other policies, we will continue to see our children indoctrinated into an ideology that denies reality, precludes self-awareness, and undermines ordered liberty… The Organization of American Historians (OAH) has responded to the Trump presidency in a manner showing all the [...]

How Christianity Civilized Mankind

By |2019-01-10T13:46:11-05:00January 28th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Christianity, Civil Society, Featured, Religion, Senior Contributors|

As we dispense with religious institutions, beliefs, and practices—as we dispense with God Himself in the ridiculous belief that we are enough on our own—we leave ourselves open to barbarism within and a more overt barbarism from without… Anyone who knows anything about the Judeo-Christian tradition (an increasingly small group, I know), is aware [...]

Is America Hopelessly Divided?

By |2017-02-25T11:54:07-05:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Featured, Politics, Progressivism|

No society can survive if its people cannot achieve general consensus on certain fundamental understandings regarding the nature of the person and of society itself… It may seem too much to say that our country has never been as divided as it is today. Anti-war protests, race riots, and especially a bloody Civil War [...]

The Imperial Presidency & Congressional Venality

By |2017-03-20T10:23:33-05:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Featured|

Until Members of Congress rediscover the most basic virtue necessary to fulfill their role in our constitutional government, no amount of tinkering can hope to restore our republic… As the late George Carey and I were writing our recently published Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law, we were convinced that we would be [...]