Justice Thomas' remarkable flirtation with multiculturalism
By Dr. Lester Jackson
--- Rush Limbaugh, September 13, 2013
In high-profile decisions last June, Justice Clarence Thomas did not disappoint his admirers. He was the only justice who would have struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, delivered a blistering, detailed solo opinion attacking affirmative action, and joined two dissents in the gay marriage case as well as court holdings in the employment discrimination allegation cases.
For example, in Fisher v. U. of Tex., Thomas demonstrated that pro-affirmative action justices use the same rationalizations (pdf 31-2) as slaveholders and segregationists did. In U.S. v. Windsor, he joined Justice Scalia's opinion excoriating (pdf 53, 55) five justices for declaring that those who disagreed with them regarding gay marriage are "enemies of the human race" and "unhinged members of a wild-eyed lynch mob."
The Justice vs. the Television Personality
Why, then, does Thomas make televised public statements cutting the legs out from under the powerful official opinions he has written and joined? His (and Justice Scalia's) lavish praise of extremist liberal judicial activists as people ("good," "honest") has been shown in detail to be unwarranted (here or here). But just two months prior to his vintage term-ending performance, Thomas went much farther, virtually declaring all he had fought for to be no better than all the values and judicial lawlessness he had spent two decades fighting against:
This statement is virtually indistinguishable from the secular religion of devout leftist multiculturalism, whose harms have been extensively discussed elsewhere (e.g., here, here, here). Suffice it to say that it is preaching from the multiculturalist bible to declare that all justices' opinions are worthy of respect. This legitimizes the very justices Thomas has accused of arrogantly and dishonestly -- and illegitimately -- imposing their own values while flying under the false flag of merely "interpreting" the law.
"Difference of Opinion": Practice vs. Theory
In theory, litigation is decided by, first, determining the facts and, second, applying the law to those facts. But in practice, for activist justices, their own unpopular personal values and policy preferences trump (8) both facts and law, which they contemptuously suppress and distort.
Spanning two decades on the Court, Justice Thomas himself has reiterated this point. Just last year, he repeated (pdf 47, 55) his earlier protest that five justices, illegitimately and without constitutional authority, had acted on "nothing more than [their] belief that [their] own sense of morality ... pre-empts that of the people and their representatives[.]" In 2002, Thomas joined Justice Scalia's objection to the opinion of six justices "rest[ing] so obviously upon nothing but the[ir] personal views[.]" Finally, in his very first term, he joined Scalia's lament that "constitutional adjudication consists primarily of making value judgments," notwithstanding that the people's "value judgments are quite as good as those taught in any law school -- maybe better."
So "difference of opinion" in a politically contentious case concerns not the meaning of an abstruse legal provision (e.g., patent law), but fundamental values and whether the Constitution empowers any five justices to impose their personal morality upon everyone else.
If the most critical judicial decisions are simply the substitution by justices of their own unpopular idiosyncratic views of right and wrong for those adopted by the people's elected representatives, questions inescapably arise. Are all values worthy of respect? If not, when is the line crossed? Are some values so dangerous that they threaten our heritage, our freedoms, and not only our way of life, but our very lives themselves? Must such values be accepted out of "respect for different viewpoints," or should they be vigorously fought?
Consider a sample of opinions written, joined, and opposed by Thomas over 22 years:
Respect for This?
Those who know Clarence Thomas have vouched that, far from the frequent hateful leftist caricature of him as "bitter" and "angry," he is actually very decent and warm, with a great sense of humor. But does decency require public expression of "respect" for judicial soul mates of the fanatics who so ruthlessly savaged him? While Thomas cannot be expected to insult his colleagues on television, surely getting along with them does not require him to go to the opposite extreme by saying that his opinions, reflecting his and our values, are no better than theirs.
To those who highly regard Thomas, it can be distressing to hear him say that one justice's opinion is as respectable as another's. It is galling that Judge Bork was viciously attacked as "out of the mainstream" by extremists seeking justices to impose truly out-of-the-mainstream values and policies upon the American people by running roughshod over the rule of law and constitutional representative democracy. (The insufferably pompous Justice Kennedy has proven the attacks to have succeeded spectacularly.)
In often nullifying society's values expressed through law, the Supreme Court has become the last best hope of those who cannot prevail democratically. Justices who believe that the end justifies the means disregard, rewrite, and invent law. They thereby impose values and policies that are unacceptable and even abhorrent to often substantial voting majorities -- and thus cannot be adopted through public persuasion, elections, and the legislative process.
As noted, Justice Thomas himself has accused fellow justices of "dissembling," advocating for infanticide, echoing racist views, etc., never shrinking from bravely defending the Constitution in writing. How then can he publicly say that what he has so bluntly condemned is worthy of respect and, implicitly, just as valid as his views? There are huge differences between humility and self-abasement, between respect and appeasement, between cordiality and surrender.
With government becoming more tyrannical every day, with officeholders who follow Alinsky rules, why should Thomas legitimize enablers who oppose what he stands for? One can only hope that after, as noted, he joined an opinion denouncing five justices for virtually lying and "adjudging" four justices and all others who oppose the five to be "unhinged enemies of the human race," Justice Thomas will not appear to endorse such values with relativistic language.
Finally, on the most important and divisive political issues, a majority of justices have demonstrated their contempt -- and disrespect -- for the American people and their right to representative government. It is high time to ask whether the American people should reciprocate that disrespect and contempt.