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Friday, February 15, 2013

Remembering Judge Robert Bork

A truly great American went to his eternal reward a few weeks ago. We mourn the passing of Judge Robert Bork, one of the great intellects and patriots of our generation. He left behind many splendid and informative books, but my favorite is the one called Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges. He says that a judicial oligarchy is enforcing a new ideology that he calls "lifestyle socialism." The courts are dominated by what he calls faux intellectuals of the Left who, unable to persuade the people or the legislatures to support their notions, engage in "politics masquerading as law."

Bork described how America has suffered a "coup d'etat" from the men and women in black robes who have changed us "from the rule of law to the rule of judges." He agrees with Justice Antonin Scalia that the Court "is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize." Bork shows how "virulent judicial activism" has overturned constitutional law in so many areas. For example, he wrote, "the suffocating vulgarity of popular culture is in large measure the work of the Court" because it repeatedly defeated the people's attempts to minimize it.

Activist judges are now so thoroughly secularized that "they not only reject personal belief but maintain an active hostility to religion and religious institutions." The Supreme Court "has almost succeeded in establishing a new religion: secular humanism." Bork said he agrees with Chief Justice Rehnquist that the Court now "bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life." Judge Bork ridicules all the pompous talk we hear about international law, which he says is "not law but politics."

Bork says the activist judges see their mission, not as upholding our Constitution, but as redefining it to coerce new behaviors on Americans. He urges us to save self-government from the rule of judges and restore self-government under the U.S. Constitution. Judge Robert Bork, we miss your eloquence. May you rest in peace.

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