Judge Gorsuch and the Loss of Our Common Mind

By |2017-02-06T22:00:29-06:00February 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 [...]

The Violent Assault Upon Imagination

By |2016-08-22T22:08:38-05:00August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Flannery O'Connor, Imagination, Marion Montgomery, Rule of Law, Virtue|

How fallen we are, from Dante and Beatrice to John Hinckley and Jodie Foster. “We did the best job with what we had to work with,” the twenty-two-year-old jury foreman said after the unanimous decision that Hinckley was innocent by reason of insanity. And surely that is a conclusion we must come to, examining [...]

How Should We Treat the Evil of Flannery O’Connor’s Misfits?

By |2016-08-15T22:02:06-05:00August 15th, 2016|Categories: Flannery O'Connor, Marion Montgomery, Rule of Law|

It is well to be reminded again and again that, though we like to think ourselves advance agents of such progress, the strategy of gnostic manipulation of being is very ancient. John Milton suggests the point: Satan’s metamorphosis from being the brightest of angels to alienated gnostic—his fall from love through pride and envy [...]

Why We Don’t Care about Comey & Clinton

By |2016-07-10T22:16:41-05:00July 10th, 2016|Categories: Constitution, Politics, Rule of Law|

We are all now familiar with the decision by FBI Director James Comey not to indict Hillary Clinton for her email scandal. In his announcement, not only did Director Comey contradict a number of Secretary Clinton’s claims, he laid out the case of gross negligence and extreme carelessness that would have landed anyone of [...]

If Men Were Angels: Antonin Scalia, RIP

By |2016-03-01T11:23:48-06:00February 16th, 2016|Categories: Constitution, Featured, Rule of Law, Supreme Court|

In Federalist 51, James Madison wrote that “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” No public figure of his generation was more acutely aware of this principle than Antonin Scalia, who during his nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, espoused the idea of judicial restraint, as did the American Founders, that individuals [...]

Time for a Moratorium on Immigration?

By |2015-11-20T16:50:39-06:00November 20th, 2015|Categories: Freedom, Immigration, Rule of Law|

In denouncing Republicans as “scared of widows and orphans,” and castigating those who prefer Christian refugees to Muslims coming to America, Barack Obama has come off as petulant and unpresidential. Clearly, he is upset. And with good reason. He grossly, transparently underestimated the ability of ISIS, the “JV” team, to strike outside the caliphate into [...]

Charleston, Vandalism, and Political Correctness

By |2015-06-24T17:38:32-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, First Amendment, Rule of Law|

We understand and sympathize with people’s anger and frustration about recent events in Charleston, but the misguided effort to damage the statue of Vice-President John C. Calhoun in Marion Square, as well as the many other destructive acts throughout the nation, is a sign of how we as contemporary Americans have a tendency to [...]

Rule of Law: The Great Foundation of Our Constitution

By |2020-01-06T21:56:13-06:00September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Constitutional Convention, Rule of Law|Tags: |

It was eleven years after the Declaration of Independence—and four years after American victory in the Revolutionary War—that a small group of delegates would convene in Philadelphia to create a new charter for governing the new nation. In order to comprehend this historic achievement we must first understand that this moment and the constitutional [...]

The Rules of Life

By |2014-06-06T14:42:52-05:00June 8th, 2014|Categories: Rule of Law|

These are the rules. Learn them. Follow them. Ignore them at your peril. There will be a test. It is called life. You do not create wealth by taxation. Taxation just takes wealth away from some and gives it to others. Redistribution is not creation. You get more of what you subsidize and less [...]

Lawless America: What Happened to the Rule of Law

By |2014-12-30T18:07:26-06:00September 25th, 2012|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Rule of Law|Tags: |

Though it has been obvious to discerning observers for a con­siderable period that the United States is moving at an acceler­ating pace from constitutionalism toward arbitrary power, the vast majority of Americans have been slow to recognize that a crisis of governance exists. Much of the reason, I think, is that entire structures of [...]

Martin Luther King and The Rule of Law

By |2020-01-19T09:55:16-06:00January 17th, 2011|Categories: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, John Creech, Martin Luther King Jr., Natural Law, Rule of Law|

In acknowledgement of MLK day, I wanted to raise the question, based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” as to when, if ever, as well as to what extent, it is appropriate to defy the rule of law. On The Imaginative Conservative Winston Elliott raised the question “When is a Change [...]