The fallout from the leaked document from the Supreme Court continues to spread around the nation as it showed the Justices overturning Roe v. Wade. Again, no ruling has been made on the matter, but that didn’t stop thousands of liberal activists and even Democrats from protesting. While the Justices have been silent on the matter since the leaked document, recently, Justice Clarence Thomas discussed the implications of the document and how it has “changed” the court forever.
In the video, which can be watched below, Justice Thomas warned Americans about the attack on necessary institutions that are crucial pillars in a free society. “I think we are in danger of destroying the institutions that are required for a free society. You can’t have a civil society, a free society, without a stable legal system. You can’t have one without stability in things like property or interpretation and impartial judiciary. And I’ve been in this business long enough to know just how fragile it is. And the institution that I’m a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone, and you would say that, ‘Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that. There’s such a belief in the rule of law, belief in the court, a belief in what we were doing that was verboten. It was beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination that someone would do that.”
As for the leaked document, the Justices explained, “Look where we are, where now that trust or that belief is gone forever. When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s kind of an infidelity that you can explain it but you can’t undo it. And I think you’re seeing it go through any number of our institutions, whether it’s in the political branches or whether it’s in the universities.”
Continuing to defend the importance of universities and institutions, Justice Thomas, who was appointed in 1991, noted, “That’s where you learn how to engage with people who disagree with you. That’s where you learned how to deal with ideas and address ideas which you were not familiar previously or with which you disagreed. And it was back and forth. And I just loved it. And we called them rap sessions back then.” Take a look.
Speaking at the Old Parkland Conference, Thomas ended by asking students a series of simple questions. “How many of you can take a view on this campus of traditional families? And of course, nobody, or you got a lot of people staring at the floor. How many of you can take a pro-life position on this campus, staring at the floor, and as you go on and on, you take positions that are obviously at odds with the current mood on these campuses. And this is where you learn how to deal with views that are different.”