If you have never read it, I highly recommend Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline written by one of the greatest legal minds of my generation, the recently deceased Robert Bork. If there was ever a book liberals would sanction burning it is this 1996 Robert Bork thesis examining modern liberalism, radical egalitarianism-individualisms effects on cultural decline in America. Bork really nailed it, spot on!
Most Americans remember Robert Bork as the highly criticized 1987 Ronald Reagan nominee for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I remember him for his exceptional intellect and I will be forever grateful for the influences his writing and speeches have had in my life. Our nation would have been served honorably and our Constitution respected if his nomination had been confirmed, instead his rejection by liberal advocates, like Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden, established a harmful and embarrassing precedent in our judicial confirmation processes. What we now refer to as being “Borked.”
I’ll never forget Senator Kennedy’s boisterous, yet delusional Senate floor condemnation of Bork:
“Robert Borks’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, school children could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.”
Does this sound like anyone we know? Actually it could be either moron sharing the White House at the present time.
After his rejection, Robert Bork seemed to enjoy dissecting modern liberalism and prophetically warning of its future insurrection. For me Robert Bork was a visionary arguing the dangers of liberalism’s antithetical stance against the best traditions of America. He attacked affirmative action, increased violence and sexualization of our mass media, the misguided legalization of abortion, suggestions of legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia, radical feminism and the decline of religion in America. And he was right!
Although today’s America more closely represents Ted Kennedy’s vision for our Democracy than Robert Bork’s, it bears a remarkable resemblance to many of the very things the Massachusetts blowhard was suggesting Bork’s nomination would bring to American Society. Things like “rogue” law enforcement, “school children” not being taught and federal judiciary that is out to lunch.
It’s eerily ironic that the American tragedy in Newport, an example of what Robert Bork predicted for America in “Slouching Toward Gomorrah”, has put the national spotlight on the decline of American culture under modern liberalism and our greatest philosopher of judicial “originalism” is no longer here to counter the boy king of Constitutional scholars, Barack Hussein Obama. Oh well, at least we have Justice Scalia. Audacity beware!
Robert Bork led a full and fruitful life. His 1970’s contribution to the America judiciary in areas of “anti-trust” law, are still giving liberals fits today. His graceful and resounding warnings against the rise of the New Left during the 1960s and the inevitable outcomes of Democrat abuses of power, like we see today, make Robert Bork required reading for any student learning our nation’s history and concerned for our Republic’s future as well. If you have a student in your home, stuff a copy of Bork’s book “Slouching Towards Gomorrah” in their stocking this Christmas.
Hats off to Justice Bork, you will be missed.