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They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. ~ Psalm 125: 1-2

Josh Hammer, American Greatness: On Thursday, the single greatest living American used the occasion of his 74th birthday to remind us of his greatness. He did so by issuing the single piece of writing that, at least thus far, best encapsulates and defines his career as one of the most towering constitutionalists in the history of the republic.

It is unfortunate that Justice Clarence Thomas, an intellectual trailblazer of an originalist constitutional interpretive methodology who celebrated his 30-year anniversary on the Supreme Court last fall, had to date, failed to pen a Court majority opinion that law students and legal practitioners could readily point to as his signature achievement—his juridical magnum opus.

Much of Thomas’ most impactful, and certainly culturally salient, writings have come in dissent. He has of course had ample opportunity to write majority opinions over the span of his illustrious Court tenure, but those majority opinions have typically come in more arcane legal realms, such as habeas corpus.


Clarence Thomas & career-defining opinion … this guy became Village Idiot.

DGH: Yours truly tended to follow the late Antonin Scalia for his clear mind, profound thoughts, and sense of humor. Happily, Clarence Thomas is proving to be a constitutionalist in the same way, and his logical arguments and lack of squishiness (like Roberts) is much appreciated. The fact that he was friends with Rush Limbaugh is also in his favor. And not to forget his brilliant put down of the two Senate sexual perverts aka Ted Kennedy / Biden when they attempted to foist Anita Hill on him for sexual harrassment. Kennedy got his. Biden became village idiot!


Josh Hammer: All of that changed with Thomas’ 63-page majority opinion in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen case, this Supreme Court term’s marquee Second Amendment case. Thomas’ majority opinion, which came a mere two days after the formal release of Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta’s new book, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, extends a natural intellectual arc from his prior writings in this hotly contested jurisprudential area.

In 2008, Thomas signed onto the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which for the first time in the Court’s history established that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to possess a firearm. And he wrote a prolific concurrence in the 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago case, which “incorporated” the Second Amendment substantive gun-owning right against the 50 states.

But for many years following McDonald, Second Amendment activists were abandoned and hung out to dry. The Court repeatedly denied writs of certiorari in gun cases, refusing to provide unifying clarity as to the scope of the substantive individual “right to keep and bear arms” the Court had secured in Heller and McDonald. Thomas himself frequently dissented from the Court’s denials of certiorari, objecting to the Court’s post-McDonald treatment of the Second Amendment as a “second-class right.”


DGH: With the untimely and mysterious passing of the late great Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas has risen to the occasion. A truly great man,  he has become one of our – if not the – greatest living Americans right now because he has real courage while also retaining his image as a man of honest intellect. We could well do with more Thomas’ and Scalias’. That’s why we honor him. 


Josh Hammer: In Bruen, Thomas was vindicated. The Court invalidated New York state’s impermissibly restrictive licensing regime, which required an applicant to demonstrate “proper cause” simply in order to carry a concealed handgun outside the home—in other words, fulfill the “bear” component of the Second Amendment’s textually straightforward “right to keep and bear arms” provision.

Many of the post-McDonald “tests” that the lower courts have devised in the absence of the Supreme Court’s clarity on the subject, such as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s infamous “two-step” test that amounts to a mere means-end balancing test justifying a slew of restrictive gun control measures, are now jeopardized.

More specifically, the Court’s ruling only implicates the “may-issue” concealed carry licensing regimes that are employed by six blue states; “shall-issue” and constitutional carry states, which now predominate due to conservative political victories in this space, are untouched.


Clarence Thomas & career-defining opinion. Life through the Texas heartbeat law…

DGH: “The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.” – Gov. Ralph Northam, MD (D, VA) in 2019 – Ahem! He woke a sleeping giant with that insane comment. So, it turns out we pro-lifers were the true pro-choicers all along; as in: the viability of States’ “right to choose” (to say nothing of the fetus’ right to pursue Life).


Josh Hammer: The conclusion of Thomas’ majority opinion returned, as expected, to first principles: “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense”.

That entirely logical and commonsensical sentiment commanded a six-justice majority in Bruen. Justice Stephen Breyer, on behalf of the Court’s three liberals in dissent, was forced to rely upon tendentious invocations of recent gun-related tragedies and a banal recitation of other Democratic National Committee-style gun control talking points. It represents an ignominious swan song for the soon-to-be-retiring Clinton appointee.


DGH: As to the inexorable fact that only women are Life’s incubators, that has to be taken up with a source higher than any court. And all you uppity “Pelosian Backbiters” won’t receive any “standing” from Him (no matter what foolish alternative pronoun(s) you haplessly invoke). DemoMarxocrats haven’t been this angry since we tried and succeeded in taking away their slaves!


Josh Hammer: The Bruen opinion is also a particularly welcome development, given that it was rendered on the same day that 15 Republican senators joined forces with Democrats to break a filibuster on the Senate’s misguided piece of “compromise” gun legislation, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. By all accounts, that bill, which includes such noxious provisions as federal taxpayer subsidization of states’ “red flag” laws, now appears headed for passage.

That is deeply unfortunate, but gun rights enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that Bruen’s logical extension of the Second Amendment individual right found in Heller represents a bigger long-term development for the country.

And as the case may be, he may have the chance to one-up his Bruen handiwork and establish a new “career-defining magnum opus” majority opinion just next term: The constitutionality of race-conscious affirmative action programs, a longtime Thomas bugaboo, will then be on the Court’s chopping block. God bless Justice Clarence Thomas.


DGH: In conclusion I’ve noticed lately that all crimes are crimes of theft whether it be property, virtue, or life. Murder is often defined in law as taking someone’s life. One of the oldest systems of law is the Mosaic code where “thou shalt not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments. Although abortion is not eliminated in America, it is no longer the holy sacrament of the demoMarxocrat party it once was. Clarence Thomas & career-defining opinion. That’s something anyway!

For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity. Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and in them that are upright in their hearts. ~ Psalm 125: 3-4


Josh Hammer, American Greatness: The Greatest Living American Issues His Career-Defining Court Opinion


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Soli Deo Gloria!