Quote of the Day: Judicial Perspective

 

“I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.” Justice Clarence Thomas

I once wrote a story featuring a monarchy in the far future. In it, the main character spoke at length about the vital nature of religion in such a society. Without faith, the king answers to no one in life or death. There is no law above him, no judgment.

In our society, the Supreme Court is the closest to a monarch. They have life terms, wear vestments, and are beyond repeal. For crying out loud, they have a Court. Without some controlling virtue, some overpowering drive and focus, it can become the perfect opportunity to make the world right, fix everything you want, and be China for a day, in Tom Friedman’s phrase.

After all, it’s good to be the king.

Someone, like Clarence Thomas, who expects to face a Judge after death, is more likely to realize that they are being held to a standard outside of mere political opinion. It gives a more humble judicial perspective — maybe you are not the anointed judicial messiah, maybe those old men who wrote the constitution are worth listening to.

Perhaps that is part of why the Left hates confirming Christians and constitutionalists — the tendency to follow a fixed document and not view themselves as anointed is awfully inconvenient to the Left.

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  1. Moderator
    OmegaPaladin Post author

    Saw this first on Ace of Spades, which is rampantly and totally in violation of the CoC.


    The Quote of the Day series is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. We have 2 open dates left on the April Schedule. We even include tips for finding great quotes, so choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

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    • April 18, 2019, at 11:32 PM PDT
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  2. Member

    If I were a Supreme Court Justice, I would be loud in my opinions. I’d vote the way the constitution says but I wouldn’t like it. I’d vote the right way and then argue about how stupid the decision I confirmed was. 

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    • April 19, 2019, at 1:01 AM PDT
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  3. Member

    Start this conversation with just about any leftest and you will be the extremist. 

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    • April 19, 2019, at 4:00 AM PDT
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Saw this first on Ace of Spades, which is rampantly and totally in violation of the CoC.


    The Quote of the Day series is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. We have 2 open dates left on the April Schedule. We even include tips for finding great quotes, so choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

    So did I. Sigh. Now I have to remove it from my quote file.

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    • April 19, 2019, at 4:17 AM PDT
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  5. Coolidge

    Regardless of the source – Justice Thomas is a man of few words but those are profound. What a gift to the country and the Court. 

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    • April 19, 2019, at 4:21 AM PDT
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Saw this first on Ace of Spades, which is rampantly and totally in violation of the CoC.


    The Quote of the Day series is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. We have 2 open dates left on the April Schedule. We even include tips for finding great quotes, so choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

    So did I. Sigh. Now I have to remove it from my quote file.

    ???

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    • April 19, 2019, at 6:23 AM PDT
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    OmegaPaladin:

    “I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. “I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.”

    Justice Thomas is contradicting himself. First he says he and others haven’t allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. Then he does a 180 and says prayer makes him approach his job differently.

    How can he accomplish the job of constructing paradise on earth if he isn’t going to impose his will on others? What kind of omelet can he be expected to make in that state of mind?

     

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    • April 19, 2019, at 6:27 AM PDT
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Saw this first on Ace of Spades, which is rampantly and totally in violation of the CoC.


    The Quote of the Day series is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. We have 2 open dates left on the April Schedule. We even include tips for finding great quotes, so choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

    So did I. Sigh. Now I have to remove it from my quote file.

    ???

    How do you think I get my quotes? I don’t exactly find them left at the foot of my bed by the Quote Fairy. I see something interesting (often on the Internet) and put it in a Word document called Quotes in the section called Unused Quotes. When I use a quote, I put it in in the section called Used Quotes. I keep used quotes so I don’t repeat myself.

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    • April 19, 2019, at 7:03 AM PDT
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin:

    “I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. “I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.”

    Justice Thomas is contradicting himself. First he says he and others haven’t allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. Then he does a 180 and says prayer makes him approach his job differently.

    How can he accomplish the job of constructing paradise on earth if he isn’t going to impose his will on others? What kind of omelet can he be expected to make in that state of mind?

     

    I do not see a contradiction. I think he is using the phrase “religion to interfere with their jobs” in the colloquial sense that is so often cited, “judges seek to impose their religious views on everyone else. ” Justice Thomas is saying that his relationship with the Almighty keeps him humble.

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    • April 19, 2019, at 11:19 AM PDT
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin:

    “I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. “I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.”

    Justice Thomas is contradicting himself. First he says he and others haven’t allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. Then he does a 180 and says prayer makes him approach his job differently.

    How can he accomplish the job of constructing paradise on earth if he isn’t going to impose his will on others? What kind of omelet can he be expected to make in that state of mind?

     

    I do not see a contradiction. I think he is using the phrase “religion to interfere with their jobs” in the colloquial sense that is so often cited, “judges seek to impose their religious views on everyone else. ” Justice Thomas is saying that his relationship with the Almighty keeps him humble.

    I was being sarcastic, as I am 57.3 percent of the time.

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    • April 19, 2019, at 12:09 PM PDT
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