According to this New York Times article, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to a group of winners of a high school essay contest. He talked about his job and more about himself, than I have ever heard before. What follows is Justice Thomas in his own words.
“I tend to be morose sometimes.”
“I am rounding the last turn for my 18th term on the court, this endeavor, or, for some, an ordeal.”
“That’s one thing about this job, you get a little tired.”
“Sometimes, when I get a little down. [he goes online] “I look up wonderful speeches, like speeches by Douglas MacArthur, to hear him give without a note that speech at West Point — ‘duty, honor, country.’ How can you not hear those words and not feel strongly about what we have?”
“Today there is much focus on our rights, indeed, I think there is a proliferation of rights.”
“I am often surprised by the virtual nobility that seems to be accorded those with grievances, shouldn’t there at least be equal time for our Bill of Obligations and our Bill of Responsibilities?”
“It seems that many have come to think that each of us is owed prosperity and a certain standard of living. They’re owed air-conditioning, cars, telephones, televisions.”
“This job is easy for people who’ve never done it. What I have found in this job is they know more about it than I do, especially if they have the title ‘law professor.’ ”
Anyone else think Clarence might be a secret blogger on that place-that- shall-not-be-named?
This is MoJo’s take on Thomas’s words: