According to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, honor is something that many politicians have forgotten about.
During an interview with the Federalist Society, the topic of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s, confirmation hearings was addressed by Thomas.
“Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of ‘Spartacus,’” said Thomas.
Thomas was referencing Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) referring to himself as “Spartacus” due to releasing confidential documents that were already cleared for public viewing.
“If you can’t debate hard issues honestly, with honor, how do we keep a civil society?” said Thomas.
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The Supreme Court justice also went on to explain what an honorable person in civil service looks like.
“I think what preserves all of our legitimacy, and it’s what we were talking about with Greg Coleman, that we do our jobs honestly, we do it with integrity, we do it with an ethical foundation, a moral foundation. We follow the law, we live up to the oaths that we take, and I think brick by brick we build a structure and fabric of a society. Not one of us can tear it down or build it up by ourselves.”
However, he concluded that politicians would make much more of a difference if they focused on their actions.
“Think about the difference that it would make. Then you would have a legacy. We will have left the country in better shape structurally than we found it.”