On Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is at the forefront of the conservative movement, and along with his wife (read: conflict of interest) would do everything to dismantle our social programs and government regulation of large multinational corporations. He is claiming to take the constitution literally, while simultaneously endangering the welfare of the people, which is originally designated in the constitution. He is contemptuous of the government’s power to protect African Americans from discrimination without noting that his appointment to the Supreme Court was dependent on the affirmative action program of his alma mater, Yale Law School. (He argued that the law degree didn’t land him a job. Well, not right away.) “Thomas quoted Frederick Douglass: “If the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”

Justice Thomas also worked toward passing the Citizen’s United decision, which declared that corporations are people, and can donate unlimited amounts of money into the political process (including his and his wife’s pockets). This is using legalism to defend cronyism and the greater corruption of our political process in favor of the rich and powerful. It was the Supreme Court’s foremost purpose to defend private property, i.e. slaveholders and their slaves, the capitalist and his worker, up until 1937. Thomas is attempting to bring us back to pre-1937, when a majority of conservative judges were tossing out the New Deal reforms that would have enabled the United States to escape the worst economic crisis in history. “Thomas wrote, “From the time of the ratification of the Constitution to the mid 1930’s, it was widely understood that the Constitution granted Congress only limited powers, notwithstanding the Commerce Clause.” By Thomas’s reading, Social Security and the National Labor Relations Act, to say nothing of Medicare and Medicaid, might all be unconstitutional.”

The dictatorship and tyranny of unfettered and unrestrained capitalism is the price that Judge Clarence Thomas wants us, the people, to pay for government non-involvement, or should I say government involvement in favor of the highest bidder, the heads of multinational corporations and Wall Street banks. And such is the state of the absolute freedom that the founding fathers had originally envisioned! This is not exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind, when he wrote “I hope we shall crush… in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”


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