Legendary Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has long been one of the most powerful voices of reason in DC.
The longest-serving justice on the court, Justice Thomas has spent nearly 30 years defending his originalist and textualist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
Now, Justice Thomas has an important warning for America about “destroying our institutions.”
During a recent lecture at the University of Notre Dame, Justice Thomas specifically suggested that Americans be wary of “destroying our institutions because they don’t give us what we want, when we want it.”
His lecture was before a crowd of nearly 800 students and faculty just a month before the Supreme Court’s planned return to the courtroom to restart in-person arguments for the first time since March of 2020.
Justice Thomas also railed against division, saying, “We’ve gotten to the point where we’re really good at finding something that separates us.”
One member of the audience questioned Justice Thomas about any public misconceptions about the court that exist.
Justice Thomas replied, “I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are antiabortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician.”
Then Justice Thomas brought his point back to his original major warning:
“That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”
Justice Clarence Thomas is well known for his conservative defense of the institutions recognized in the constitution according to his originalist and textualist interpretations, and this lecture was another example of his defense.
America would do well to heed his warning before it’s too late.