Flashback: Powerful speech from Clarence Thomas 25 years ago

Article originally appeared on www.dailysignal.com.

Feb. 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Heritage Foundation. For its 25th anniversary in 1998, Heritage published in book form a collection of essays, “Leadership for America: The Principles of Conservatism,” edited by Heritage founder Edwin J. Feulner. One of those essays is the transcript of a speech delivered 25 years ago this month in Palm Beach, Florida, by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. The following is that speech in its entirety.

We live in an age of unprecedented prosperity, freedom, and opportunity.

The Iron Curtain of communism has been raised in most of the world, permitting those who have too long languished in the dark shadow it cast to taste some measure of freedom.

In our country, record levels of economic growth have sparked creation of many new jobs and businesses. Scientific and technological developments that were incomprehensible just 15 or 20 years ago have provided so many of us with healthier and easier …

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