Progressives Despair, Thomas Is The Future For SCOTUS

By on August 6, 2018

August 6, 2018

Linda Greenhouse, who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times, writes that the influence of Justice Clarence Thomas is pervasive, and may well prove the dominant in respect to the Court’s direction for the next few decades. She notes that today’s law school graduates have never lived in a world in which he was not on the Court. “The very fact of his position and his persistence makes opinions that would have been hooted out of the room a few decades ago look respectable in many eyes,” she writes. Thomas’s dissents and concurrences are often prescient in ways that give progressives the willys. For example, in 1997, in Printz v. United States, he asserted a position that previously was only held by right to bear arms-fanatics – that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to own a gun. He invited anyone interested to bring the right case to the Supreme Court so that view could be codified. Eleven years later, in District of Columbia v. Heller, it was. Greenhouse says that there have been several brands of conservatism on display in the Supreme Court since it lurched right in the 1980s – “ the states-rights revival under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist; the “originalism” of Justice Antonin Scalia and, currently, the grumpy, prosecution is never wrong and the government is always right jurisprudence of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. – but Thomas’s obsession with the past is likely to be the path it will take in the future.
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The New York Times

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