Sunday, August 31, 2008

Clarence Thomas to Sarah Palin: "Good Luck!"

The Democrats love minorities. Particularly women and African-Americans, which are two groups that have often placed their political fortunes on the donkey party. The Democrats love these groups, as long as these minorities toe the party line.

Enter Clarence Thomas. Following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (the country's first African American member of that court), President Bush (41) made the clever decision to replace him with another black leader. But other than skin color, Marshall and Clarence Thomas had virtually nothing in common.

Marshall was, consistently, one of the most liberal members of the Supreme Court. Marshall made his career in the civil rights movement and was the attorney in the Brown vs. Board of Education case that advanced the cause of African-Americans. Thomas was equally unique and experienced when he was nominated by Bush and he would become one of the court's most conservative jurists. Thomas was the child of a single mom who grew up in poverty until he moved in with his grandfather who strongly believed in hard work and personal responsibility. Later, in the 1970s, Thomas discovered the works of free market economist Thomas Sowell and libertarian philosopher, Ayn Rand. As a result of these influences, he was bound to oppose the liberal position.

Thomas aspired to great things, graduating from the College of the Holy Cross, he went on to graduate from Yale with a degree in law. Thomas is purported to have said that many didn't take his degree seriously and attributed it to Affirmative Action rather than personal accomplishment. This, again affected his worldview. He went on to become Assistant Attorney General of Mississippi, a legislative assistant to Senator John Danforth (R-MO), the Department of Education, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

When Thomas was appointed by President Bush, he was the subject of harassment that he described later as being similar to a "lynching" (note that in the above video he is addressing Obama's running mate, Joe Biden). He was accused, based on flimsy testimony by former co-worker Anita Hill, of sexual harassment. The attack by the Democrats was ferocious and the underlying theme was that Thomas needed to be punished for rebelling from the party that "took care of him." When he exposed them of this agenda, they finally changed their tune and he was confirmed.
Fast forward seventeen years later and you have Biden on the attack again. The person in his crosshairs is Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). She, too, won't worship at the Democrat's altar of dependence on the state and ideological obedience. She is the antithesis of what Democrats believe a woman should be. The lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and self described "hockey mom" believes in the woman's ability to succeed without quotas, supports the right to life, and fights for energy independence. By the way, I'm not the only one noting the similarities, including bloggers on the left.
So what would Justice Thomas have to say to Palin? Good luck! What would his advice be to Joe Biden and his lynch mom? Be careful. There are millions of woman who are already angry over the treatment Hillary received.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think the Democrats would use more caution this time.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

You're right, they are similar. They both lacked experienced at the time they were chosen.

7:22 AM  

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