Justice Thomas Dissents (eBook)
Clarence Thomas And The Blessings Of Liberty
de Myron Magnet
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But Thomas, who joined the Court after eight years running one of the myriad administrative agencies that the Great Society had piled on top of FDRs batch, had deep misgivings about the new governmental order. He shared the Framers vision of free, self-governing citizens forging their own fate. And from his own experience growing up in segregated Savannah, flirting with and rejecting black radicalism at college, and running an agency that supposedly advanced equality, he doubted that unelected experts and Justices really did understand the moral arc of the universe better than the people themselves, or that the rules and rulings they issued made lives better rather than worse. So in the hundreds of opinions he has written in more than a quarter century on the Courtthe most important of them explained in these pages in clear, non-lawyerly languagehe has questioned the constitutional underpinnings of the new order and has tried to restore the limited, self-governing original one, as more legitimate, more just, and more free than the one that grew up in its stead. The Court now seems set to move down the trail he blazed.
A free, self-governing nation needs independent-minded, self-reliant citizens, and Thomass biography, vividly recounted here, produced just the kind of character that the Founders assumed would always mark Americans. It remains to be seen how many more of this stamp todays and tomorrows American culture and institutions can form.