I would just like to state publicly & for the record that Justice Clarence Thomas is a monster. Those who joined in this opinion are, I guess, sub-monsters of a sub-human consciousness. A reminder, if any were needed, of the moral bankruptcy of American Conservatism, so-called. And the logic of the death penalty, which requires limiting appealsin the name of expeditious punishment for a fifteen year old crime.  Thomas has more in common with Ann Coulter & radical right-wing talk radio than with any notion of justice. The defining feature of American conservatism is a particularly nasty combination of self-righteousness & cowardice. To even raise the issue of compassion would be so naive as to mark oneself an idiot. The American Right loves pain, torture & death.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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