At a dinner in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas called on conservatives to do their jobs to limit the Supreme Court from overstretching its power.
Thomas told the crowd of 1,700 people on Thursday night that the Supreme Court has too often granted rights to people that are not found in the Constitution.
“Today it is the view of many that the Supreme Court is the giver of liberties—what an odd conception of governance that “We The People” are dependent on the third branch of government to grant us our freedom,” Thomas said. “With such unchecked judicial power, we leave it for the least accountable branch to decide what newly discovered rights should be appended to our Constitution.”
Thomas then went on to say that Scalia’s legacy needs to be carried on, and the Constitution needs to be interpreted exactly as the framers wrote it.
“Whether we in this room tonight ultimately win or lose the effort to reclaim the forms of government that the Framers intended, it is our duty to stand firm in the defense of the Constitutional principles and structure that secure our liberty,” Thomas said. “Like Justice Scalia, we must do what the Constitution obliges us to do. It is now for us, the living, to be dedicated to the unfinished business for which Justice Scalia gave his last full measure of devotion.”
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