The following comes to us courtesy of the Tribune News services:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called on fellow conservatives Thursday to continue the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to keep the power of the courts and other branches of government in check.
Thomas told 1,700 people at a dinner in honor of Scalia that the Supreme Court has too often granted rights to people that are not found in the Constitution. He cited the decision in 2015 that made same-sex marriage legal across the country.
Thomas said he and his longtime friend and colleague formed an “odd couple” of a white New Yorker and a black man from Georgia.
He paraphrased Lincoln’s Gettysburg address to exhort the audience to “be dedicated to the unfinished business for which Justice Scalia gave his last full measure of devotion.”
The conference of conservatism’s leading legal lights took on a new air of importance with Trump’s victory, and included a list of judges the president-elect has named as candidates to fill the vacancy created by Scalia’s death last February.
President-elect Trump called the late Antonin Scalia a “great judge”, saying that he would look to appoint justices in his mold. With GOP control of both the White House and the Senate we are indeed likely to see the appointment of strict constructionists to the Supreme Court and other federal courts over the next four years.
In many ways, this was the real victory for conservatism on November 8th. And more importantly, for the country.