April 16, 2023
I have always held the federal judiciary, and especially the Supreme Court, in very high regard. Now I don't know what is more deflating and depressing--Justice Thomas's egregious and persistent ethics violations, or the Court's unwillingness to even acknowledge the offense. I am disappointed, not merely in Justice Thomas, but perhaps even more so in Chief Justice Roberts.
Did anyone hear what former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said about Rupert Murdoch during an NPR interview?
"Well, he's responsible for Fox News. Fox News has played, by far, the largest single part in the polarization of American politics, in the amplification of political hatred. I would challenge anyone, any of your listeners, to nominate which individual alive today has done more to undermine American democracy than Rupert Murdoch."
The MAGA Republican House will not vote to impeach Thomas. Instead of gnashing our teeth, this adds to Democrats' ability to highlight the injustice and utter corruption of the MAGA movement so we can take back the House, increase Democratic seats in the Senate, and elect a Democratic president. It will all come down to the voters deciding. It will take a strong Democratic trifecta to add seats and impose term limits on the Supreme Court and to ensure that one or two Democratic members of congress don't use their power to say "no" as a bargaining chip. Even if impeached, it will be hard to get enough GOP votes in the Senate to convict Thomas. We will have to pressure Congress to strengthen the laws and processes to hold senior officials accountable. We may run into corruption on the Democratic side of the aisle also that could make this a political food fight, but damn the torpedos!
If Thomas keeps saying he didn't understand the regulations on so many of these issues, (yeah, sure), can't he be asked to step down as a matter of incompetency?
He couldn't figure out how to fill out the forms and he asked around for advice and they are just friends....
This sounds a lot like a teenager avoiding accountability.
Waiting at my departure gate at Atlanta Hartsfield airport a few years ago, I overheard a lengthy conversation between Justice Thomas and an associate (?) of his. The 15-20 minute discussion centered ENTIRELY on how luxurious Thomas’ office was, especially the multiple large flat screen TVs that he used to keep up with news and events. I came away from that encounter thinking how can this important person be so focused on such trivial and selfish things????
Your time and effort in bringing this update to us is greatly appreciated, Joyce! Looking forward to more!
"Holier than thou" comes to mind. I don't think Clarence Thomas is the only one who thinks he is untouchable. I believe the majority of the Republican party embraces that saying. Seems that Republicans, whether Judge or lawmaker(?) and Democrats, too, should have to be under oath AND strapped to a polygraph machine when answering nominations committee questions. After all, the recent history of Supreme Court Justices and other Judges sure do get caught in some whoppers. That Judge in Amarillo for example has just been outed for substituting his authorship of his opinion on abortion that was written prior to his nomination hearing. He had 2 peeps in his law firm to erase his name from the document and substitute their 2 names. The optics are CLEAR; Republicans will do ANYTHING to get power. This should not be allowed to stand. I'm done.
As for FOX News & their dastardly deeds, I will be a cheerleader for as many suits against them as can be filed. They never were a "news organization"; they are an "anti-woke" incredulous lying entity with hosts who have no shame for what they do for a living. They are snake-oil sales people & should be tarred & feathered & given a one-way ticket to Russia. Maybe we could exchange the lot of them for the American WSJ journalist. After all the dust settles, perhaps FOX will be WOKE to the fact that lying to their viewers has a steep price.
Clearance has always creeped me out. His silence as a(n) inJustice has always seemed so weird to me. He is rotten to the core. May we be rid of him, however it happens.
Thanks for the detailed update Joyce. I about fell off my chair when I saw the pic of Mike Myers and It took me a minute to continue to read the rest of the article. It was juust the right amount of levity in a very somber time in our country.
I will admit that I have been wary of Clarence Thomas since the Anita Hill hearings. What has happened since has only made those feelings more intense. SCOTUS members should be held to a higher standard if they are passing judgement on the rest of us IMHO.....
Unfortunately, Clarence Thomas really could shoot someone on Peachtree Street in Atlanta and no Republican House member would bring articles of impeachment against "our Clarence," and no Republican Senator would vote guilty.
Thomas Clarence is as clean as the mudflaps of my 1975 Plymouth....
I am interested in how this will impact the other justices views on the credibility/legitimacy of the court. Thus far Justice Kagan's argument that the court has a real problem that it must address has been brushed aside by Roberts. But the situation may reach a critical mass that even Thomas's conservative colleagues can no longer stomach.
Honestly, we are so tired of these R’s not being held accountable. Worse, they will all break their Oath Of Office to not hold him to account (just like they did w/tfg) that infuriates me. Trust? I think NOT.
I have one question does Thomas mother pay rent and if so how much? a token amount or fair market value?I would be very interested the answer to this question.
Great information as usual.,
Absolutely we could use a break. And thank you for keeping us up to date about the court cases and especially the (possible) corruption of a Supreme Court Justice. Clarence Thomas. (Remember Ginnie, too). The one name missing and seemingly responsible for the rapid deterioration and threats to our Democracy, will be front and center soon. May Justice be served. I wonder if we could possibly have a long period of time when our government and our Democracy function for the people. A true two party system. When serious concerns and laws are part of the two parties governing for the people. Serious legislation Gun laws, Education, family and children’s support, health care and insurance for all, (not removing serious meds from our medicine cabinets) women’s right to choose, Abortion, voting rights, environment, so much more. A true government for the people.
Allow me to put this in no uncertain terms.. Clarence Thomas is a liar, a traitor and as corrupt as they come. Just like his scumbag wife, they both belong in prison..
The Supreme Court Of The United States is dominated by political hacks, liars and misogynistic men who are unfit to hold any office of responsibility in our government..