Hearings on Clarence Thomas

It is too bad that Judge Thomas did not have the wisdom, intellect or guts to defend natural law.

David Savage calls that view "a wild card." He is correct. Every card in the deck is wild with natural law. But, wild as that may seem, it is a valid interpretation of the way things are. Each of us has our own view of what is natural or true. It has always been so. Why fear to face it?

Now, the role that natural law should play in judging statutes and legal cases is another issue. Normally, I think, precedent and judicial restraint should prevail. In a philosophic showdown, however, we all go to natural law (that is, our own truth).

Natural law philosophy is ancient, honorable and accurate.

G. PORTER EWING

Professor Emeritus of History

Los Angeles City College

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