May 24, 2022

Clarence Thomas slams court packing, cancel culture in Utah speech

Issuing a stinging rebuke of liberal calls to expand and pack the U.S. Supreme Court, the proliferation of cancel culture, and other troubling societal trends, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas warned last week that the credibility and longevity of the institution in which he serves might be at serious risk unless significant shifts occur, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Thomas spoke to approximately 500 attendees at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, and in his speech assailed the divisiveness, polarization, and partisan rage he sees permeating American society and expressed his concerns about their effect on the high court and other key American institutions.

“I’m afraid, particularly in this world of cancel culture attack, I don’t know where you’re going to learn to engage as we did when I grew up,” Thomas declared.

Lamenting the dangerous trajectory on which he believes America’s youth may be traveling, he added, “If you don’t learn at that level in high school, in grammar school, in your neighborhood, or in civic organizations, then how do you have it when you’re making decisions in government, in the legislature, or in the courts?”

Thomas went on to take direct aim at the recent push from the left to stack the Supreme Court by expanding the number of seats on the panel and filling those spots with liberal justices, cautioning that the overall impact of such a move would be highly detrimental and long-lasting.

“You can cavalierly talk about packing or stacking the court. You can cavalierly talk about doing this or doing that. At some point, the institution is going to be compromised,” Thomas opined. “By doing this, you continue to chip away at the respect of the institutions that the next generation is going to need if they’re going to have a civil society,” he added, according to the Deseret News.

Underscoring the potential implications of the current climate, Thomas stated, “My fear isn’t for me. But it is for your kids and your grandkids and the next generation. What are we going to leave them? Are we leaving them a mess or are we leaving them a country? Are we leaving them chaos or are we going to leave them a court?”

As the Examiner further noted, Thomas himself has been the subject of a liberal attempt at cancellation, in that some on the left have argued that he must recuse himself from participating in cases pending before the high court that deal with matters of interest to Liberty Central, a conservative activist group with which his wife, Ginni, is involved.

Fortunately, as the Supreme Court stands poised to rule in a number of high-profile cases related to abortion, voting rights, gun control, and climate regulation, Thomas has stated that he has no plans to step aside in any of those matters, unassailably following the example set by his late colleague, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who also declined such a move when her husband and daughter had strong ties to parties in litigation before the court.

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