by Frank Holmes, reporter
For most of his time on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas has been called the silent justice. During years of cross-examination, he didn’t say a single word for 10 years.
But now he’s talking—and he’s brought a serious warning to the American people: The Supreme Court has become “dangerous,” average people are being “disenfranchised,” and Americans are splitting apart based on their hatred of their own country.
“We have failed the Declaration of Independence,” he told a crowd of 800 people at the University of Notre Dame on September 16. “But it has not failed us. It endures because it articulates truth.”
Still, there are people tearing it apart—and some of them wear black robes on the bench next to him.
“The [Supreme] Court was thought to be the least dangerous branch” of government, “and we may have become the most dangerous,” Thomas warned. “We have lost the capacity as leaders to not allow others to manipulate our institutions when we don’t get the outcomes that we like.”
He said “part of it’s the judge’s own doing by venturing in areas we should not have entered into,” like overturning abortion laws nationwide and creating a new “constitutional right” to kill unborn babies.
“The craziness during my confirmation was one of the results of that,” he said, referring to Anita Hill’s politicized charges of sexual harassment. “It was absolutely about abortion.”
But now, he said, Americans may not have enough knowledge of their Constitution to prevent people like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from transforming the Supreme Court.
“When, for example. President Roosevelt threatened to pack the court, there was enough sense of what the court meant and what separation of powers meant, to criticize him,” Thomas said. “Today, you see almost no criticism—or very little—when you have those kinds of conversations.”
President Biden has appointed a task force to make “recommendations” about whether to “expand” (pack) the High Court… but Thomas says it’s even worse than that.
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“It’s not about winning and losing at the court. It is about the entire country and the idea of this country,” he said.
“There are some who would even cancel our Founders” and believe “that America is a racist and irredeemable nation.”
“But,” he said, “there are many more of us, I think, who feel that America is not so broken.”
He said America needs more people like his grandparents, who raised him to be grateful for his opportunities and to live up to them. They had “no room for self-pity” in their house—or anywhere on their block.
“Our neighbors and those in our daily lives taught us that God loved us equally and that America stood for that same ideal even though it had failed to live up to it” at times, like during slavery or government-enforced discrimination. “Despite this failure, our Christian duty was still to love our country, even as we objected to its evident shortcomings.”
“This was more than a belief,” he said. “It was a way of life.”
Pretty soon, so had he. He left his grandfather’s house at 19 and became a black militant, someone who thought America was a racist country and looked up to leaders like Malcolm X, who wanted to resegregate the country.
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“I was consumed by negativity, cynicism, animus, and any other negative emotion you can conjure up,” he said. “Sadly, the destructive disposition that I exhibited then appears to be celebrated today.”
Society has forgotten the God-fearing morals of “barely literate, but wise people.”
“I think that the regular people have been disenfranchised,” he said; the Supreme Court and other elites couldn’t care less about them.
One student asked what to do about the disconnect. “Should justices meet regular people by traveling through flyover country?”
“Oh God, I love flyover country!” Thomas said.
“We’ve been in Walmart parking lots,” he continued, referring to the road trips that he takes with his wife in an RV each summer. On those trips, he talks to people to get their reaction to the latest Washington hijinks.
When Americans listen to the wisdom of their parents, grandparents, and Founding Fathers, they succeed.
“We have yet to fail,” he said. “There is something true, something transcendent, something solid, something that pulls us together, rather than divides us.”
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In the middle of his talk, a few left-wing students screamed, “I still believe in Anita Hill” — which shows that not everyone who goes to college gets an education.
But anyone who listened to Clarence Thomas’ warning about America—and his advice on how to preserve our Constitution—learned a lot.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”