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Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork
Catholic World Report ^ | 1/3/13 | Paul Kengor

Posted on 01/04/2013 7:13:07 AM PST by marshmallow

It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited.

Bork died at age 85. In 1987, he became a national headline when President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court. He was a judicial conservative, a “strict constructionist.” He warned about the road America was embarking upon in neglecting its Constitutional principles, and saw doom and gloom ahead. He was grimly pessimistic about America generally, dreading modern liberalism’s grip on the nation. Liberalism, Bork insisted, was pushing America toward decline. We were headed to hell in a hand-basket. A decade after his failed confirmation, Bork authored a bestselling book tellingly titled, ”Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.”

Bork had seen liberalism up close and full throttle—and at its open-throated angriest. During his unsuccessful confirmation hearings in 1987, he was plainly smeared. He was hysterically and unfairly portrayed by radical abortion feminists and the likes of Senator Ted Kennedy as an abuser and assaulter of women—a Neanderthal, a kind of political/cultural gargoyle. Liberals demonized Bork and railroaded his nomination, ushering in a whole new incivility and politicization to the judicial nomination process. Liberal journalists literally dug through Bork’s trash looking for anything to attack the man; they went to the nearby video store to find out what he rented.

“Hmmm,” they rubbed their hands together hopefully, “any X-rated flicks, Judge Bork?”

Alas, that wasn’t Robert Bork’s universe. They learned that Bork had an affinity not for pornographic film but for “Fred and Ginger” movies.

“Hah,” they hissed, “what a square!”

The left’s assault on Bork was unhinged, a precursor of behavior to come with later judges they disliked, particularly pro-life judges. Liberals were so nasty to Bork that the man’s name....

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TOPICS: General Discusssion; History; Religion & Culture

1 posted on 01/04/2013 7:13:12 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

On the bright side, if Bork had been confirmed, he would be replaced today by an Obama appointee.

Not to make light of the death of a great man, which he was, but sometimes God has a plan which isn’t obvious to us at the moment.

2 posted on 01/04/2013 7:20:26 AM PST by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: marshmallow
So Robert Bork gets to Heaven, and Saint Peter asks him if he needs anything.

“Well,” Bork says, “I’d like to talk to Ted Kennedy. What happened between us is in the past. I’d like to forgive him, and let bygones be bygones.”

“Ted Kennedy is not here,” Saint Peter tells him.

3 posted on 01/04/2013 7:29:35 AM PST by Fido969
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To: marshmallow

I got to spend a fair amount of time with him, back in the day, when he was a visiting professor at George Mason Lw School. Really enjoyed discussing Constitutional theory with him. Pity he never made it to SCOTUS.

4 posted on 01/04/2013 7:36:53 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Wildbill22
... sometimes God has a plan which isn’t obvious to us at the moment.

I just agree with you wholeheartedly.

Bork clearly saw the trends -- that they were like a reaction that once begun, cannot be stuffed back in the beaker to begin again. Perhaps he did more by pronouncing a sentence on our progress through writing rather than through decisions being muffled by eight coadjucators.

He was a bright light in a darkening world.

5 posted on 01/04/2013 8:51:47 AM PST by imardmd1 (Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Ps 66:16)
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To: marshmallow
The judge conceded the positive demographics but noted that most of these evangelicals and Catholics send their kids to colleges dominated by these secular liberals, where all the ideals and values the youngsters learned at home and at their churches is rapidly undermined in four years

Not, four. Twelve to sixteen. When someone comes out at the end of it with his "conservative" principles intact, its against all odds. Usually, there are some years that pass while reality has a go at you, and you re-learn principles at some cost that schools and media have tried to cover over or deny.

Let your ideological enemies educate your kids for you, and its a miracle if their minds and morals are intact at the end of it. We are losing entire generations and will continue to do so until we solve this problem.

6 posted on 01/04/2013 9:19:29 AM PST by marron
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