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There was a confrontation in 1987 between Joe Biden and Robert Bork. Bork gave honest and straightforward answers to questions during his confirmation hearings. Whether a right to privacy existed or was intended in the Constitution was a big issue. Biden said there was and Bork said there was not. The right to privacy was a big part of the Roe v. Wade decision that brought the issue of abortion under federal purview. Robert Bork was also an advocate for interpreting the Constitution using only the original intent of the founders. The only way I can think of some of the votes when I look again at who cast them is that it puzzles me.
I think this failure to confirm Robert Bork in some ways opened the floodgates and has given us the culture and government we are living with today. We didn’t get Bork on the Supreme Court and we got Biden as President. And now we have had a Supreme Court rejection of Roe v. Wade.
Robert Bork later wrote Slouching Towards Gomorrah, in which he describes the cultural effects of the sixties revived in the eighties leading to a revival of the sixties cultural mentality in Bill and Hillary Clinton. If you have access to this book, there is an Introduction — in my version, it runs 13 pages — that gives a very good description of the cultural forces operating to divide us so completely in our politics today. He calls the Left’s posture Modern Liberalism and uses Radical Egalitarianism and Radical Individualism to describe what has displaced Equality and Liberty in our lexicon when discussing political issues.
I have lived through and experienced all of what he describes in the book.Published in