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Pride in America: Clarence Thomas

Pride in America: Clarence Thomas

Brian Almon
June 15, 2023

Welcome to Pride in America Month. Every day in the month of June and through Independence Day, we will highlight a figure who has demonstrated and defended American values. Consider it a healthy alternative to the Left's June celebration that has taken over the media and corporate America.

In 1991, a distinguished jurist was nominated to the Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas’ conservative principles were so frightening to the liberal establishment that they used a baseless sexual harassment accusation in an attempt to damage his reputation and derail his nomination.

Given the opportunity to respond to the accusations, Thomas did not hold back. He looked directly in the eyes of then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden and said:

“From my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. — U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.”

Thomas was exactly right. A black man who thinks and acts independently of the progressive establishment is a threat. That is why they tried to destroy him then, and why they continue to try today.

Clarence Thomas was born in Georgia to descendants of slaves in a community without electricity or indoor plumbing. He grew up speaking the Gullah language, not learning English until attending school later in childhood. After his father left, Thomas was raised by his grandfather in Savannah. 

Thomas chose to study English literature in college to “conquer the language”. He graduated from Yale Law, but worried about the perception that he had been helped by affirmative action programs. Many of his conservative philosophies were born out of reading Thomas Sowell and Ayn Rand after graduation.

Despite the smear job launched by Joe Biden, Clarence Thomas was confirmed by the Senate and took his seat on the Supreme Court. Despite a reputation for rarely asking questions during oral arguments, Thomas became known as one of the strongest conservative stalwarts in recent memory. His decisions, concurrences, and dissents all drew from a literal reading of the Constitution. In 2022 he not only concurred with the majority decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but suggested that it was time to revisit some of the other liberal decisions by the Warren Court.

Even today, leftists and their media allies continue to smear Clarence Thomas, throwing as many made-up scandals as they can hoping to cow him into stepping down. It has not worked yet. He stood tall in 1991, and he stands tall today, holding the government accountable to the words of the Constitution and the wisdom of its authors.

Do you have a great American who deserves to be celebrated this month? Let us know!

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