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Gary Robbins, Bob Thompson, and I held a Ricochet mini-meetup on Saturday in Scottsdale, AZ. We met at the Il Capo Restaurant for a nice Italian lunch — Gary’s treat, so thanks again, my friend. In our lunch discussion, we reached complete political agreement on all issues. Gary is now a confirmed, ardent Trump enthusiast who loves walls and Big Beautiful Coal and hates Adam Schiff. No, wait, not yet. (He will be, once the Gary pod growing in my garage is matured.)
After lunch, Gary and I watched the new documentary about Justice Thomas, called Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words. I enjoyed the movie, which was a touching and interesting presentation of the life of this outstanding Justice and American hero. There was little focus on his jurisprudence, and much focus on his extraordinary life story, from extreme rural poverty on the Georgia coast during the Jim Crow era, to his study in a Catholic seminary, his days as a student radical in the ’60s, and his eventual development into a Reagan Republican.
There was significant coverage of the outrageous Senate hearing, for political junkies.
I think that the real hero of the movie was not Justice Thomas. The real hero was his grandfather, Myers Anderson, who raised him and was plainly the most important influence on his life. Mr. Anderson personifies “tough love” and “salt of the earth,” in a way that I found admirable almost beyond words. If our country is ever fortunate enough to produce an American Dostoyevsky, I don’t think that he would be able to write a better character.
I recommend the movie. Screenings are limited. Here is the link.
I know that it would be easy to simply wait for the video to be out on YouTube or something. I ask that you consider attending in person, both to encourage the production of more films like this, and to express your appreciation for a great American jurist.