“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of this country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” – Samuel Adams
As a conservative, his nomination was met with resistance from the left. Now he will stand in open defiance of the left in an inauguration that will be remembered for centuries.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a man who is no stranger to making history, is about to do it again. In 1991, he was the second black man to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. He is now the 2nd longest serving Justice.
Today, he will swear in Vice President Mike Pence. It will be the first time a United States Vice President is given the oath of office by a black Supreme Court Justice.
Outside of the Supreme Court, Thomas has been outspoken on the subject of race in America. As you can imagine, his views have earned him much criticism and enmity from the left. In 2014, when speaking to a group of students and faculty at a college in Florida, he said “The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, are by northern liberal elites.”
To some, this statement might be surprising. But for other African Americans who espouse conservative opinions, it’s par for the course. It’s a well-known fact that the left hates black people who don’t fall in line with their agenda.
Thomas’ stance on affirmative action rattled the leftist cage that still entraps the black community. Thomas has repeatedly opposed affirmative action in publicly-funded universities.
In 1998, Thomas gave a speech to the National Bar Association, which is the United States’ largest association of black lawyers, judges, law students, and educators. In this speech, he attacked the views of those who opposed his position.
“Any effort, policy or program that has as a prerequisite the acceptance of the notion that blacks are inferior is a non-starter with me.”
He has vigorously rejected the idea that certain laws should be made to compensate for the inferiority of African-Americans. He believes these laws imply that black people cannot prosper without the assistance of the government.
Unfortunately, this is an unpopular opinion in the black community. The left has sold most of us on the lie that the power of racism is so strong that black people in the United States cannot overcome it. According to the left, we, as black people aren’t strong enough. We aren’t smart enough. We don’t have what it takes to move forward unless, of course, the government steps in.
This lie is so pervasive in the black community that it prompts a visceral rage against any black person who disagrees with it.
In his 1998 speech, Thomas said he was expressing his point of view to “assert my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I’m black.”
For any black conservative, this statement is key. We refuse to allow a political party to assign us our ideas. We refuse to let a political movement control what we think. We refuse to be conned by people who don’t have our best interests at heart. We refuse to become a victim of intellectual slavery.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been a shining example of what any black person can do when they don’t accept the lie that racism is a barrier to their success.
Today, in an inauguration of a president that has been accused on multiple occasions of bigotry and racism, Clarence Thomas stands again in defiance of liberal lies and ushers in a new era for our Great Republic.