Clarence Thomas Should Step Down

Jonathan Turley, professor of law at GWU,  writes a telling piece in the L.A. Times today on “Clarence Thomas’ dangerous conceit.”

Thomas suggested that his critics were endangering freedom by undermining his authority and, by extension, the authority of the court. He insisted that his wife was being attacked because she believes in the same things he does and because they were “focused on defending liberty.” He added:

“You all are going to be, unfortunately, the recipients of the fallout from that — that there’s going to be a day when you need these institutions to be credible and to be fully functioning to protect your liberties…. And that’s long after I’m gone, and that could be either a short or a long time, but you’re younger, and it’s still going to be a necessity to protect the liberties that you enjoy now in this country.”

That was Thomas’ Louis XIV moment. Thomas appears to have finally merged his own personality with the institution itself. Thus, any criticism — even criticism that he is harming the court — is an attack on the institution. It is more than an embarrassing conceit; it can be a dangerous delusion for any justice.

It’s time for Clarence Thomas to step down… Contrary to rumor there is no liberal campaign against conservative judges on the Supreme Court. The facts speak for themselves, these men hold themselves in conceit filled esteem they are not worthy of and is not fit their office.

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