For Justice Thomas, that is about all it boils down to:
Umm -- what the hail is he talking about? First of all, I saw The Seven Year Itch and I can assure you Marilyn Monroe didn't even have that newfangled AC box thingy and therefore had to go downstairs to Tom Ewell's apartment to cool off.
‘Today there is much focus on our rights,” Justice Thomas said. “Indeed, I think there is a proliferation of rights.”
“I am often surprised by the virtual nobility that seems to be accorded those with grievances,” he said. “Shouldn’t there at least be equal time for our Bill of Obligations and our Bill of Responsibilities?”
He gave examples: “It seems that many have come to think that each of us is owed prosperity and a certain standard of living. They’re owed air conditioning, cars, telephones, televisions.”Those are luxuries, Justice Thomas said.
(Thank God she did, btw).
Besides, I don't think our fundamental rights are all about purchasing a 50" flat screen from Best Buy (although even there, with abusive adhesion contracts, there are precious few "rights" still left to the consumer).
But what about habeas corpus? Right to jury trial? Right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures? Right to see evidence against you? Free speech?
You know, all that old stuff.
I don't even want to know what rights he thinks we have too many of.