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The US Supreme Court: The Federalist Society. Clarence Thomas

Cameron Sawyer writes: "The power of the Federalist Society is tremendously exaggerated. I was president of the Atlanta Lawyer s Chapter of the Federalist Society during the late 80 s. It was a cordial group consisting of about half libertarians. We drank a lot of beer, organized symposiums and speeches, and I don t recall that the White House consulting with us even once. The Federalist Society is not ultra-conservative. Its members have a wide diversity of political points of view, including libertarians and classical liberals (as they call themselves) as well as conservatives of various stripes (neo-cons; paleo-cons).

Speakers we organized during my tenure as president included Raoul Berger, retired Harvard professor, constitutional authority, lifelong Democrat, and one of the most interesting people I ever met, Ed Meese, and others. Clarence Thomas, a native of Savannah, was not an active member, but we did organize speeches for him on several occasions, and I had the pleasure of spending some time with him on a number of occasions. He is an extraordinarily fine person, extremely modest, lacking all political ambition, highly intelligent. He was born into real poverty and truly made his own way in the world in the days prior to affirmative action. He really did not want to be on the Supreme Court and certainly never wanted to be in the public eye in the way it turned out. He has been quite inactive on the Court; that is the result of his innate modesty plus the trauma he experienced from the ghastly circus of his confirmation hearings.

Those hearings were, I believe, a real low point in the history of our political system".

My comment: It looks as though the Federalist Society has joined the Masons and Yale's Skull and Bones Society as the alleged secret government of the US. I do not join such organizations, and the idea of drinking beer with libertarians does not appeal to me.

Ronald Hilton - 9/10/02