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Bork was surprisingly lukewarm on the 2nd amendment, having deemed that any function of being able to use firearms to resist a government run amok was made irrelevant by the inability of a resistance fighter to build an atom bomb in his garage.
Senator Biden was the first questioner. Instead of the softball questions hed promised to ask, he threw a beanball straight at my head, quoting from a speech Id given four years earlier at the Pacific Legal Foundation and challenging me to defend what Id said. I find attractive the arguments of scholars such as Stephen Macedo, who defend an activist Supreme Court that would strike down laws restricting property rights. That caught me off guard, and I had no recollection of making so atypical a statement, which shook me up even more. Now, it would seem to me what you were talking about, Senator Biden went on to say, is you find it attractive the fact that they are activists and they would like to strike down existing laws that impact on restricting the use of property rights, because you know, that is what they write about.pp 235-236 of "My Grandfather's Son" by Clarence Thomas
Since I didnt remember making the statement in the first place, I didnt know how to respond to it. All I could say in reply was that it has been some time since I have read Professor Macedo But I dont believe that in my writings I have indicated that we should have an activist Supreme Court. It was, I knew, a weak answer. Fortunately, though, the young lawyers who had helped prepare me for the hearing had loaded all of my speeches into a computer and at the first break in the proceedings they looked this one up. The senator, they found, had wrenched my words out of context. I looked at the text and saw that the passage hed read out loud had been immediately followed by two other sentences: But the libertarian argument overlooks the place of the Supreme Court in a scheme of separation of powers. One does not strengthen self-government and the rule of law by having the non-democratic branch of the government make policy. The point Id been making was the opposite of the one that Senator Biden claimed I had made.
Biden’s smile, alone, gives me the creeps. It is laughable to watch him when he thinks he is important.
Biden ain't smart enough to be behind anything. It was some staffer, probably from Fat Teddy Kennedy's office, who feed Biden his script, and he read it dutifully.
What they did to Robert Bork all those years ago showed that the hard left had taken over the Democrat party, that they had no rules, no morals, and no sense of common decency. They would trample their own grandmother if it achieved their goals.
It was a watershed event and since then, nothing in Washington has worked right, and it won't until the hard left in defeated.
The F'reakin 60s radicals --- I hated them then and I hate them even more today!
It will be a cold day in Hell before either party constructs a court that stops black women from murdering their children; I know too many white libs far beyond child-bearing years that are determined to keep this legal, for exactly this reason.
RIP, Robert Bork; we failed to learn the lessons your nomination scramed out.
Bork’s sin was that he fired Archibald Cox during the Watergate “Saturday Night Masacre” - Cox had agreed to accept written summaries of sought-after tapes and documents in his investigation of Nixon as Special Prosecutor, but suddenly changed his mind and without notifying Nixon, started making public demands for the raw documents and tapes. Nixon considered this as having gone beyond the limits of Cox’s authority and tried to get first Attorney General Richardson and then Deputy AG Ruckleshaus to fire Cox. Both refused, and third in line, Solicitor General Bork agreed to the assignment and did it. Cox was one of Teddy Kennedy’s henchmen in the drive to bring down Nixon and weaken the Republicans before an anticipated Kennedy run for the presidency. Kennedy resented and never forgot what Bork had done and got his revenge ten years later by borking Bork.....