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Clarence Thomas' 'My Grandfather's Son'

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, eloquently described a friend in this manner: “A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” I cite this quote because, as I have just finished reading Justice Thomas’s memoir, I found many passages astonishingly similar to my own life (like one soul dwelling in two bodies); so much so that I had to put the book down repeatedly so I would not stain the pages with my tears; so raw the emotion so painful the rejection by those whom you thought would help you, but in your hour of greatest despair, instead, the only sound you heard was the cold, grave … silence of the lambs.

This column is in part a book review of Thomas’s superlative memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son,” but it is also a comparative analysis of my own precipitous journey
in the course of this life that so paradoxically mirrors my dear mentor and friend.

For the past 16 years that Justice Thomas has been on the Supreme Court, he has established a jurisprudence pedigree that, in my opinion, has already gone down in history as the most faithful jurist to the original intent of the Constitution’s Framers and the rule of law in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

I believe Justice Thomas has a judicial record that is even more praiseworthy than his early mentor, Antonin Scalia, as well as John Jay (the first chief justice), John Marshall (the second chief justice), Joseph Story, Louis Brandeis, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Earl Warren, William Brennan, William Rehnquist and yes, even Thomas’ predecessor, the venerable Thurgood Marshall who few constitutional scholars have the courage to admit could care less about what the original intent of the Constitution’s Framers was. And along with his“Scalia,” William Brennan, left a legacy of liberal activist jurisprudence and shameless legislating from the bench that their opinions are considered sacred scripture and revered orthodoxy by the law academy and in all Democrat circles, even to this day.

Below is a short comparative analysis of Justice Thomas’ life and work, and the similarity to my own:

To you Justice Thomas. You neutralized “Delilah in a blue dress” (Anita Hill) and all of your enemies not with vitriol, but with truth. Your achievements, by overcoming so much, have paved the way for generations of future legal scholars, the underestimated, the iconoclastic and young people who are atypical thinkers to have hope.

Your book has taught me that despite not achieving all the desires of my heart, I must daily work to leave a viable legacy for my son, Stone, by following your sterling example of devotion to God, love of America, veneration of the Constitution and rigorous personal discipline that your “Daddy” bequeathed to you and to your little brother, Myers, during your formative years.

May “My Grandfather’s Son” be second only to the Holy Bible in the number of sales worldwide.

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