Hearings on Clarence Thomas

"Judge Thomas, you have come here for confirmation with a judicial philosophy different from that of any other candidate to appear before this body." These (as nearly as I can remember them) were the pompous, posturing words used by Sen. Joseph Biden to open the hearings that will decide whether or not Clarence Thomas will receive a seat on the Supreme Court. Their reference to Thomas' belief in what is termed "natural law" indicates the strategy that our so-called "liberals" have chosen to employ to defeat his nomination. Do they really expect to get away with this fraud?

Can it be true that Biden has never read the Declaration of Independence ("When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people . . . to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them . . .")? Or is the senator instead so cynical as to believe that no one pays any attention anymore to the principles upon which our country was founded? My first impulse was to assume the latter, but experience has taught me never to underestimate the ignorance of a liberal Democrat, particularly one who is a professional politician.

CHARLES B. WAKEMAN

Los Angeles

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