Clarence Thomas’ dangerous conceit
The Supreme Court justice argues that criticism of him is an attack on the court itself. But a single justice doesn’t define the institution.
By Jonathan Turley
Louis XIV of France was infamous for his view that there was no distinction between himself and the state, allegedly proclaiming “L’État, c’est moi” (“I am the State”). That notorious merging of personality with an institution was again on display in a February speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before the conservative Federalist Society.