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Supreme Court of the United States [SCOTUS] Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
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[RightWingWatch.org, 2021-10-20] Clarence Thomas, Mitch McConnell, Heritage Foundation Set to Celebrate Right-Wing Court Takeover.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Senate vote to confirm Clarence Thomas as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Right-wing activists and pundits are celebrating the milestone, and The Heritage Foundation is hosting a day-long symposium on Thomas' legacy on Thursday, 2021-10-21.
More than half a dozen sitting federal judges are scheduled to take part in the symposium. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has done so much to pack the federal courts with Thomas' ideological acolytes, will offer the keynote address at an evening event at which Thomas is also scheduled to speak. Both events are co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School.
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Thomas wants the Supreme Court to abandon 80 years of rulings on the Commerce Clause, which Congress used during the 1930s to enact New Deal programs that are still in effect today. Returning the U.S. to a pre-New Deal interpretation of the Constitution would mean doing away with New Deal and Great Society anti-poverty programs and dismantling the "administrative state." As Right Wing Watch noted, "many conservative politicians haven't been honest with their constituents that what they are seeking would mean the end of Social Security and Medicare and federal programs that protect workers, consumer, and communities." In addition, Thomas holds a particularly extreme position on church-state separation, arguing that states are free under the Constitution to declare an official religion.
People For the American Way's July 2021 report on the Supreme Court's just-completed term noted that the right-wing Supreme Court justices are "clearly taking full advantage of their ill-gained majority." That has led to "predictably disastrous results for voting rights as well as workers, consumers, and immigrants," People For's President Ben Jealous said in a statement.
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[CommonDreams.org, 2020-10-06] "Appalling" Comments by Justices Thomas and Alito Seen as Harbinger of New Wave of Attacks on Marriage Equality and Gay Rights. "It is appalling that five years after the historic decision in Obergefell, two justices still consider same-sex couples less worthy of marriage than other couples."
[NPR.org, 2020-10-05] Justices Thomas, Alito Blast Supreme Court Decision On Gay Marriage Rights.
[AlterNet.org, 2020-10-05] Clarence Thomas pens scathing attack suggesting Supreme Court should overturn same-sex marriage.
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