From the sublime to the absurd…
Yesterday, RealClearPolitics published an open letter from Brown University professor Glenn Loury and the founder of The Woodson Center, Robert Woodson Sr., denouncing the attacks aimed at Justice Clarence Thomas following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling and Thomas’ provocative concurring opinion. It’s a nicely direct and necessary condemnation:
White progressives do not have the moral authority to excommunicate a black man from his race because they disagree with him. And those – regardless of background – who join in the charade or remain silent are guilty of enabling this abuse.
We, the undersigned, condemn the barrage of racist, vicious, and ugly personal attacks that we are witnessing on Clarence Thomas – a sitting Supreme Court justice. Whether it is calling him a racist slur, an “Uncle Tom” or questioning his “blackness” over his jurisprudence, the disparagement of this man, of his faith and of his character, is abominable.
Regardless of where one stands on Justice Thomas’ personal or legal opinions, he is among the pantheon of black trailblazers throughout American history and is a model of integrity, scholarship, steadfastness, resilience, and commitment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
For three decades Justice Thomas has served as a model for our children. He has long been honored and celebrated by black people in this country and his attackers do not speak for the majority of blacks.He is entirely undeserving of the vitriol directed at him.
Character assassination has become too convenient a tool for eviscerating those who dare dissent from the prevailing agenda, especially when it is a black man who is dissenting.This is not about the content of the court’s decisions or Justice Thomas’ personal views; some of the undersigned agree with his judicial decisions and some do not.
We speak out – as black people and Americans – to condemn these attacks and support Justice Thomas, because to remain silent would be to implicitly endorse these poisonous schemes as well as his destruction.
I would love to know if Barack Obama was invited to sign, and refused. I bet he was, but I don’t know. If he was invited and refused, that would be more evidence of his appalling hypocrisy. Other prominent black Americans who would have shown courage and principle by signing: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Don Lemon, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry, LaBron James, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, among others. It was a missed opportunity for the signers if they were not asked, and a missed opportunity for those named above if they were asked and refused.
Now “the absurd”: More than 200 congressional staffers, courageously signing with only their initials, sent an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday evening, demanding that they pass sweeping climate change legislation, and warning that failure could doom younger generations.
The intellectual quality and political ignorance the letter illustrates suggest that the younger generations may already be doomed. The naifs wrote,
“We’ve crafted the legislation necessary to avert climate catastrophe. It’s time for you to pass it. Our country is nearing the end of a two-year window that represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass transformative climate policy. The silence on expansive climate justice policy on Capitol Hill this year has been deafening. We write to distance ourselves from your dangerous inaction.”
- They really think, bless their hearts, that U.S. legislation could avert “climate catastrophe” assuming one is really looming. (See here.) No wonder Congress is inept.
- Two-year window? Is that the latest imaginary deadline? Good to know. How many of the signatories actually have any genuine expertise in climate change. “Maybe a couple” would be my best guess.
- Gee, the Biden administration crippling U.S. energy production and triggering an inflationary surge wasn’t enough climate change posturing for them?
- Who do they think they are to demand legislation? This hints of the totalitarian tilt of rising generations after they have been indoctrinated into anti-American values. Congress has no more obligation to fulfill their desires and whims than those of any other voters.
- Their letter is an attempted abuse of position and derailing of democratic processes. It is also stunningly arrogant.
- They are distancing themselves from the actions of their superiors, which is a breach of loyalty, but want to keep their jobs badly enough not to really distance themselves, which would require a) having the guts to use their real names, or b) resigning in protest.