If you want to listen to a calm and wise man, Justice Clarence Thomas is your guy. He really got to the root of our problem in this interview. Check it out. You’ll be happy you did.
By Richard Wolf
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas lamented Wednesday that the nation’s capital is “broken” and its institutions of government are being destroyed by an inability to debate issues with civility.
Speaking to a friendly audience at the Heritage Foundation as he celebrates his 25th anniversary on the high court, Thomas said even the Supreme Court must do more to earn the public trust.
“This city is broken in some ways,” Thomas said. “At some point, we are going to have to recognize that we are destroying our institutions.”
Rather than blame only the executive and legislative branches, Thomas pointed a finger at the court as well. “What have we done to gain their confidence?” he asked. “Perhaps we should ask ourselves what we have done to not earn it or to earn it.”
The occasion gave Thomas, who speaks publicly less often than most of his colleagues on the court, an opportunity to address how it has changed in recent years, particularly since the death in February of his dear friend, Justice Antonin Scalia.
The court has become evenly divided between liberals and conservatives, a change that could become even more pronounced if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency and controls who will replace Scalia. But Thomas chose to dwell more on his friendship with “Nino” than ponder the future without him.
“He was from the north, and I was from the south, but we wound up at the same place,” he said, referring to their views on the paramount importance of the Constitution and individual freedoms. Scalia, he said, fretted over big principles as well as smaller things such as punctuation and syntax.