As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that protected the reproductive rights of American women.
The idea that a handful of unelected zealots might be able to impose their religious views in ways that are sure endanger the welfare of millions is obviously a horrifying one.
And if you’re one of the many, many Americans who are fearful for their future, you might find yourself becoming irritated with the various pundits and self-appointed Constitutional scholars who feel the need to explain the court’s decision in abstract, academic legal terms.
After all, there’s nothing abstract about the danger that last week’s decision has unleashed.
And all that talk about judicial authority is probably more than a little infuriating for those whose lives have been directly affected by the decision.
Especially since that talk seems more than a little disingenuous.
Many suspect that the real reasons behind the decision have little to do with the letter of the law and everything to do with the personal and political preferences of the justices.
And that suspicion was essentially confirmed by Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion, in which he wrote about the need to “reconsider” rulings pertaining to same sex marriage and contraception.
Interestingly, he made no mention of the need to review the case of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision that abolished laws prohibiting interracial marriage,
Thomas is in an interracial marriage himself, and for many, this omission served as evidence of his hypocrisy.
Of course, as those who have been following his career from the beginning know, there are many cases in which Thomas’ prejudices have been even more evident.
Take, for example, comments that were revealed amid his contentious 1991 confirmation hearings.
Clerks for Thomas revealed that one of his stated goals in reaching the highest court in the land was making his political opponents “miserable.”
Thomas apparently went into great detail in his revenge fantasies, claiming that he hoped to serve for 43 years in order to balance out the 43 years that he had lived up to that point
“The liberals made my life miserable for 43 years,” one former clerk recalled Thomas saying.
“And I’m going to make their lives miserable for 43 years.”
Needless to say, that’s not the ideal mentality for an official who’s supposed to transcend politics and maintain objectivity.
But despite allegations of gross sexual misconduct, Thomas was eventually confirmed by a vote of 52-48.
Only time will tell if the controversial associate justice will make good on his promise to make the Left miserable until 2034.
Thomas has long been an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden, who, as a senator, voted against Thomas during his confirmation hearing.
“Do I have like stupid written on the back of my shirt? I mean come on. We know what this is all about,” Thomas said when asked about Biden during a recent interview.
“The idea was to get rid of me,” he continued. “And then after I was there, it was to undermine me.”
Thomas has not yet responded to claims that his personal grievances have interfered with his objectivity.