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 [...]

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 |2020-08-02T19:14:49-05:00August 15th, 2016|Categories: Flannery O'Connor, Marion Montgomery, Rule of Law|

We encounter all too often in our modern world the spectacular violence of such escapades as the Misfit’s murder of an anonymous family on a Georgia back road. Our daily press is full of such incidents. Its corollary, however, O’Connor expects us to come to through reflection. It is well to be reminded again [...]

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 |2020-09-17T13:56:21-05:00February 16th, 2016|Categories: Constitution, Featured, Rule of Law, Supreme Court|

Antonin Scalia espoused the idea of judicial restraint, knowing, as did the American Founders, that individuals and society require definite laws for the preservation of order and justice. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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