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Justice Thomas – Man of Fortitude

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2023
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Justice Clarence Thomas is one of the last century’s most prescient, well-reasoned, humble, and ultimately inspirational justices. That is exactly why leftwing activists – and complicit congressional Democrats – want him off the Court. He is influential, a real powerhouse, and hard to intimidate.

When you read stories that seek to sully this good man, and his conservative, prolific, and equally principled wife Ginny, keep three facts close at hand. They are reasons to have confidence in the High Court, in the power of reason and rule of law over ideology and chaos, and warrant gratitude.

First, having been part of a small group who spent an hour several years ago talking law and life with Justice Thomas in his chambers, and having separately worked with his wife on the US House Oversight Committee in the 1990s, my attestation to you – the reader – is that these are principled, thoughtful, and kind people – who have had to learn the art of keeping those values near despite political attacks.

Now more than 25 years ago, agenda-driven Democrats – including then-Senator and Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden – had it in for Clarence Thomas. The Democrats in control of the committee that confirms Supreme Court Justices aimed to keep him from the High Court, knowing he was a danger to judicial activism.

Thomas was then – and has been for a quarter century – a staunch, intellectually rigorous, non-political strict constructionist, or constitutionalist. He pulls no punches to accommodate non-legal influences, is smart, and as Biden and his cohort in that set of awful hearings Ted Kennedy thought, persuasive.

He is also black, and in many ways represents the reality Democrats hate to see, that intellectual fortitude, curiosity, depth, and unwavering adherence to principle, America’s promise, and faith – are not about skin color, which should bar no one from realizing the American Dream.

In time, Thomas – showing remarkable stick-to-it-ness, suffering indignities seldom then inflicted on a nominee – taught a timeless lesson, that professionalism, commitment to the law, courage and faith under fire is also part of what makes a conservative a conservative; he did not run, he held his ground.

Once on the Court, he became a quiet leader. He often writes pathbreaking opinions, and has a depth of case knowledge that extends far back in time to before America’s founding. As a respected scholar, in the spirit of his friend Justice Scalia, Thomas teaches a regular seminar to clerks, bringing them back in time to the Magna Carta, then forward in time so there is context for the trust vested in them, work they do.

So, the man on the Court we call Justice Thomas is the real thing, brilliant, peaceful of heart, unconcerned about politics, dutiful as they come, and also funny. He is someone who immediately offers his heart, and in that way creates a rapport, no need to know anyone’s political views, just a good man.

Second, the reason attacks on this good man continue is because he is so effective. He has penned countless opinions, helped preserve the highest values we have at a nation, those on which we were founded, the core understandings that led to formation of the Bill of Rights, and later amendments.

He is a danger to the left, because he has never been an activist, is honest, earnest, and will not depart from core principles, which stands in contrast to those who allow social or political bias to creep into, or worse define, their jurisprudence. His faith is clear, but his fidelity to the law is what defines him.

Finally, the Democrats do not attack him with substance, but to make his life difficult, to disincentivize his continued service, knowing the 5-4 balance in favor of judicial restraint and a judicially conservative approach legal interpretation. 

Their game is simple – they want to do whatever they can to get another seat on the court, and to displace a conservative justice. One wonders if this is also why so much harassment of justices, never before permitted, has been allowed to occur recently.

But in all events, trust these three facts: Justice Thomas is a force in American jurisprudence, a brilliant, kind, and incisive judicial conservative, man of faith and fortitude, in whom we should all be proud. This is why the leftists, in and out of government, would like him to step down. And that is why attacks periodically issue to get him, or some other conservative, to call it a day.

The good news is that, as a matter of human nature and professionalism, conservatives are not given to cut and run, tend not to let fear define or influence them, and believe in duty, God and Country. Thank goodness, for goodness – and for Justice Thomas, an example of fortitude under fire.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman2 for AMAC.

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Anita hill
Anita hill
1 year ago

Rapist Republican trying to keep his party relevant lol

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Justice Thomas is a good man and an excellent U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Dan W.
Dan W.
1 year ago

The Justice seems to be unable to avoid the appearance of impropriety when he accepts offers of cash for his nephews tuition or to sell property at well over the market price.

He should know that these offers would not be forthcoming if he was simply the best legal aid lawyer in Valdosta, Georgia rather than a Supreme Court Justice.

apple
apple
1 year ago

trump guilty of rape, rapists deserve to rot in jail, but the gop wants a rapist as president, the gop idolizes rapists, the gop coddles criminals

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
1 year ago

Justice Thomas is strong and makes sense. He has endured. The nation is better for him.

James
James
1 year ago

Very good article about Justice Clarence Thomas.

Rhoda
Rhoda
1 year ago

Thanks, RBC, great article. Epoch Times prepared a two-hour documentary (back in 2022) about this wonderful man. In it Justice Thomas discussed his childhood, as well as the other steps in his life. The Democrats “say” they support African Americans, but what they won’t say is they don’t support (or tolerate) conservative blacks who “left the plantation.” theepochtimes.com/created-equal-clarence-thomas-in-his-own-words-documentary_4821310.html

Gravy
Gravy
1 year ago

Politics should not be involved in selecting Supreme Court Justices. The focus should be whether laws passed are consistent with the Constitution. I remember the confirmation hearing for Clarence Thomas and it was ugly. Years later I listened to Clarence Thomas speak and I became impressed with the man.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Its good to recall that sniffy led the high tech lynching of this man in 91. Those hearings were a watershed moment in this country’s history. It was then that we came to resemble the soviet union in the sense that the accusations of one person were accepted at face value, without a shred of evidence. While watching those disgraceful hearings i realized our marxists would stop at nothing. And folks, they just become more ruthless with each passing year.

Alicia
Alicia
1 year ago

When the party of Democrats attack it is in there own fear of loosing. Justice Clarence Thomas is a vital pillar of strength and integrity that most don’t have anymore. Too easily compromised by the world in all of the evil that can consume. He’s always fought a good fight! Now he’s older and wiser.

PFArizona
PFArizona
1 year ago

Fabulous article. This is a remarkable Justice and the Democrats attack on him is ugly and they are showing their prejudice. Enough! Stop attacking the Supreme Court Justices. Especially Schumer who is a disgrace to our country. Shameful his attack on the Court.

VikkiC
VikkiC
1 year ago

IMHO, there are no “men of fortitude” in the democrat party, except maybe Harold Ford Jr.

Ronnie
Ronnie
1 year ago

Thank you Mr Charles for the article. I admire justice Thomas. He brings honor to the court. To Mr Clarence Thomas, thank you from the bottom of my heart for where you stand. It’s an honor to know you are there. Not sure what it will look like for my grand children in their lifetime. Thanks again.

Honey
Honey
1 year ago

I hope the conservative justices are paying attention. The Left in Congress, in the media and everywhere else in this country are selectively calling out conservative justices for their bad behavior. Notice these same people do not ever care if a leftist justice did corrupt things.

So when 2024 rolls around, conservative justices, remember that they want you off the court and do your duty.; do not ignore fraud and thievery of votes and made up votes and the rest from the left. If you ignore these practices in 2024, it will lead to the death knell of the Supreme Court.

Why did the Court ignore all the signs of corruption of the vote in 2020? They had better not do that in 2024.

Karen Knowles
Karen Knowles
1 year ago

Judge Thoas has proven to be a man of honor and integrity whom I respect and admire.

spitfire?1940
spitfire?1940
1 year ago

All of the democrats who are attempting to besmirch this great man’s name and reputation are not fit to Clean his boots!

Elaine Box
Elaine Box
1 year ago

Thank you so much for sharing good things like this. I’m 87 years old and still cry tears of joy when I hear the Star Spangled Banner, say the pledge or see our flag flying. Thank God for all the blessings He has given us. I’m so thankful that you let us know that there are a few left in our government that are true Patriots like Justice Thomas. I really appreciate your writings. I can recognize it is your article before I read very little of it. You are a very good writer and I thank you for sharing your talent.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
1 year ago

Mr. Charles, I don’t believe anyone could have defined Clarence Thomas and his wife any better. I just pray that it’s in God’s will that the democrats don’t get their way.

MaryBea
MaryBea
1 year ago

Thank you for this article. We have always known that Justice Thomas and his wife Ginny are fine, upstanding people. Most of us, however, cannot always put our thoughts down on paper as you always do Mr. Charles. Truth will always win and Justice Thomas has certainly demonstrated that in how he handled this situation.

To the others who do not even know how to put a sentence together – oh, well, as my Mother always taught me – if you can’t say something good……………………..

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