Clarence Thomas: Jedi Knight

We don’t pay much attention to Justice Thomas, but he is changing America for the better. He has already influenced the court and legal scholars enough to change the generally accepted interpretation of the Second Amendment. Now he is moving on to even larger issues.

…the revival of the Second Amendment was the first great triumph of the new approach. Thomas and others assembled a mountain of evidence that convinced increasing numbers of legal scholars that the Second Amendment must be read as conferring an individual right to bear arms — not merely a generic endorsement of the right of each state to maintain a militia. More, this right was intended as political: to check the power of the state to overawe and crush the people. As a result, the once seemingly unstoppable movement toward gun control has gone into reverse gear.

The startling possibility now beginning to dawn on some observers is that these same methods applied to the Tenth Amendment would lead to a much more far reaching revision to constitutional doctrine. The text of the Amendment is simple and short:

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

If Thomas is able to lead the court and legal scholars to a understanding of the Tenth Amendment that is based on the Framers’ intent, he will preside over the destruction of much of progressive power in America. The restriction of the Federal Government to its enumerated powers would change everything. For example, not listed in the enumerated powers are health care, education, agricultural subsidies, assistance to the hungry or old age pensions. Whole sections of the Federal Government would be invalidated.

We don’t pay much attention to Justice Thomas, but right now he may be more important than all the elected yahoos combined. He may have discovered the small thermal exhaust port through which he can initiate a chain reaction that will destroy the entire progressive empire. He can do it too. He used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 back home, they’re not much bigger …

Read more here: New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom

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3 Responses to Clarence Thomas: Jedi Knight

  1. Uke says:

    It’s a damn shame that it requires so much damn work to merely regard the constitution as valid and inviolate. That’s all that Thomas is really sticking up for, after all.

    I don’t mean to minimize his efforts, because in the face of so much progressivism and “living constitutionalism,” those efforts are both herculean and extremely necessary. If I could, I would sincerely thank the man to his face and shake his hand.

    It’s just, as I say, a damn shame that the strict reading of a strict document is such a rare thing.

  2. Matt says:

    One of my most memorable moments in law school occurred when Justice Thomas came to speak to us–a truly fantastic speech on original intent. During the Q&A that followed, a professor whose sons (nice guys by the way, and smart) were attending law school asked in a rather accusatory way why no members of X ethnic group (referring to himself and his sons) had ever been selected for a Supreme Court clerkship. Without missing a beat, Justice Thomas responded that since the clerks are selected blindly based on their qualifications, maybe he should instead ask himself why apparently no members of X ethnic group have been able to meet the qualifications needed to become a Supreme Court clerk. Ouch. The professor sat down, humbled.

    I would love the man for his fantastically deep belly laugh alone. The fact that he is a fervent defender of the Constitution is icing on the cake.

  3. rj says:

    Justice Thomas, conservatism in it’s prime. Keep up the good work!