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Justice Clarence Thomas: How to Read the Constitution
The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2008 | Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on 10/20/2008 12:34:57 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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1 posted on 10/20/2008 12:34:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Beautifully written by Clarence Thomas. (And to think Senator Biden was a part of the high-tech lynching (or Borking) of Thomas)...

Shame on you Democrats!!


2 posted on 10/20/2008 12:40:26 AM PDT by AlanGreenSpam ("Celebrate Diversity! Look at the world with all it's problems - Isn't "diversity" so beautiful?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Justice Thomas is a brilliant man. It makes me fighting mad to hear the disparaging comments the yapping lap dogs in the ‘media’ make about his intelligence.

I wish he would speak out more often.


3 posted on 10/20/2008 12:42:29 AM PDT by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Far and away my favorite justice.


4 posted on 10/20/2008 12:55:13 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barack Obama, “Ask not what your country can do for you, just stand back and watch what I’m about to do for you! You poor dears have waited long enough! I have a dream...”

And I have a nightmare...


5 posted on 10/20/2008 1:27:43 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Is Obamanation what our founding fathers, our fallen men in combat, and Ronald Reagan had in mind?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AlanGreenSpam; Islander7; Still Thinking; DoughtyOne
Judge Thomas gives me hope our Republic may survive. His closing paragraph comes down on "living constitution" dweebs like The Fist of God:

Let me put it this way; there are really only two ways to interpret the Constitution -- try to discern as best we can what the framers intended or make it up. No matter how ingenious, imaginative or artfully put, unless interpretive methodologies are tied to the original intent of the framers, they have no more basis in the Constitution than the latest football scores. To be sure, even the most conscientious effort to adhere to the original intent of the framers of our Constitution is flawed, as all methodologies and human institutions are; but at least originalism has the advantage of being legitimate and, I might add, impartial.

by the way, I originally read this article from a link at realclearpolitics.com. It was posted as counterweight to Powell's endorsment of B.H.O.

6 posted on 10/20/2008 1:33:49 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The US Constitution does not legitimize political parties. Could it be that parties as instruments of government are actually unconstitutional? I believe they are; that they have no business conducting elections, voter registration, or many other functions that the parties have corrupted.


7 posted on 10/20/2008 1:41:49 AM PDT by Rapscallion (I want to hear the sound of tumbrels....and the thud of the guillotine.)
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To: AlanGreenSpam
Six thousand, eight hundred and twenty plus Americans gave their lives for the eight square miles of Iwo Jima........ My parents grew up listening to such facts. My father was even PART of such facts. I was raised believing there was something much larger, much grander, much more important, than just myself. Despite a lurch to the “dark side”, during my hippie college years, I never really lost sight of that fact. Crosby, Stills, and Nash were not wrong when they admonished us to “teach your children well”, and the Bible completed the refrain “for when they are old they shall remember”. Personal experience tells me it is true. Thankfully, none of my radical ideology went unchallenged.

Our society went terribly wrong when we allowed young people, unchallenged, to believe that they were as intelligent, as experienced, and their mere opinion was as valuable as that of older, more truly experienced, ADULTS. Perhaps it simply boils down to respect for your elders, but with the reasoning ability to judge who truly has proved experience and judgment. What if William Ayers father had challenged him on his radical socialist beliefs? Would we have seen the same outcome?

There is far to much emphasis by Senator Obama on “service”, a very socialist sounding meme. The emphasis should instead be on “duty”. “Duty” is something patriots should understand. Duty to self, family, community, and country doesn't mean “organizing”. It means sacrifice, not daily necessarily, but certainly an understanding of what the “ultimate sacrifice” means and what a precious thing it is. We lost our focus when we allowed our children to believe their wants and desires were the most important things in the world, with no understanding of how many times a coward can die.

8 posted on 10/20/2008 1:51:36 AM PDT by singfreedom
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Rarely do we hear a message of sacrifice -- unless it is a justification for more taxation and transfers of wealth to others.

A veiled reference to Obama's "spread the wealth" pronouncement.

9 posted on 10/20/2008 2:20:28 AM PDT by Chet 99 (Vote McCain/Palin, or this will be our future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTb5EFZmgbs)
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To: Islander7
The MSM unfailingly characterizes conservatives as bumbling idiots. Liberals, on the other hand, are always portrayed as intellectuals. It is beyond MSM's comprehension to discern phony intellectuals from true intellectuals because most journalists lack the mental power to do so. I suspect that those who study journalism in college are at most a half rung above education majors in brainpower. Those who can do those who can't teach or become critics.

What is truly distressing is journalists and newsreaders have virtually unrestrained rights and powers.

10 posted on 10/20/2008 2:37:08 AM PDT by monocle
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What an excellent reflection on the Constitution, the role of judges, etc. One of the terrible things about what they did to Clarence Thomas in the hearings is the fact that, although they were not able to defeat him, they did manage to tar him and his image so badly that he rarely goes into the public forum to speak or write, and when he does, it’s virtually ignored. I heard him speak once, at a Catholic legal organization event, and he’s an excellent speaker. And the few things I have read by him have always been thought provoking - and extremely clear, logical and non-rhetorical. Yet schools will not have him as a speaker, he’s still constantly ridiculed by the press, etc.

His autobiography, My Grandfather’s Son, is worth reading, btw.


11 posted on 10/20/2008 2:41:38 AM PDT by livius
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His autobiography, My Grandfather’s Son, is worth reading, btw.

Indeed it is!

12 posted on 10/20/2008 3:02:33 AM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven? [NRA Life Member])
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BUMP


13 posted on 10/20/2008 3:20:20 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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Don’t you mean, “do to you?”


14 posted on 10/20/2008 4:39:50 AM PDT by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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"His autobiography, My Grandfather’s Son, is worth reading, btw."

Yes. And no one who actually reads it will any longer have doubt about Thomas's qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice.

15 posted on 10/20/2008 4:53:28 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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BFLR


16 posted on 10/20/2008 5:14:19 AM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump for later


17 posted on 10/20/2008 5:18:45 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Wonder Warthog

“Yes. And no one who actually reads it will any longer have doubt about Thomas’s qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice.”

He’d certainly be a better president than Obama, and quite possibly a better president than McCain.


18 posted on 10/20/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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"He’d certainly be a better president than Obama, and quite possibly a better president than McCain."

Concur. And the contrast between the teachings of Thomas's grandfather and Obama's father that were left to their offspring is huge.

19 posted on 10/20/2008 6:34:59 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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They were both raised by their grandparents whose philosophies were so different.


20 posted on 10/20/2008 6:50:14 AM PDT by stayathomemom ( nowanemptynester)
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