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Robert Bork Quotes

An egalitarian educational system is necessarily opposed to meritocracy and reward for achievement. It is inevitably opposed to procedures that might reveal differing levels of achievement.
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#American Publicservant #Achievement

Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere
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#Constitution

the most prominent and intellectually powerful advocate of judicial restraint.
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#Advocate

I was thinking of resigning [since] I did not want to be perceived as a man who did the president's bidding to save my job. I [have] had some time to think about it since. I think I did the right thing.
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#Man

[Law is] vulnerable to the winds of intellectual or moral fashion, which it then validates as the commands of our most basic concept.
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#Fashion

The opposition reflected the polarization that existed in this country.
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#Country

This begins to demystify the presidency, and I'm not sure that's all bad.
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#Presidency

We all have to have some sympathy for her.
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#Sympathy

Everybody else I've talked to ranges between disapproval and outrage.
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#Disapproval

Robert Bork'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, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution....
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#America

A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable.
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#American Publicservant

The major obstacle to a religious renewal is the intellectual classes, who are highly influential and tend to view religion as primitive superstition. They believe that science has left atheism as the only respectable intellectual stance.
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#American Publicservant

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left.
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#American Publicservant

Modernity, the child of the Enlightenment, failed when it became apparent that the good society cannot be achieved by unaided reason.
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#American Publicservant

I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself.
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#American Publicservant

In a constitutional democracy the moral content of law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator, never by the morality of the judge
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#Law

The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law.
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#American Publicservant

Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely another way of describing the basic American plan: representative democracy.
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#American Publicservant

The right to procreate is not guaranteed, explicitly or implicitly, by the Constitution.
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#American Publicservant

When a judge assumes the power to decide which distinctions made in a statute are legitimate and which are not, he assumes the power to disapprove of any and all legislation, because all legislation makes distinctions.
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#Power #American Publicservant

Senators now demand that nominees state positions,
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#Senators

Only 1.5 Percent of Law Professors Sign Letter Opposing Roberts.
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#Law

[Roberts has always been popular and has always been the] big man on campus. ... I can fend for myself on the way down.
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#Man

I don't know if [the Democrats] can pull a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee. That would be very unpopular, I think, with the American people. I think they would be in trouble.
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#Democrats

a disaster on every level.
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#Disaster

[It's] a demoralization of the conservative legal establishment, which is told in effect, 'If you're productive, if you stand up out there, you are not going to be chosen.'
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#Conservative

[One noted legal authority endorses the White House response.] As I understand it, you can get marijuana whether or not you're really sick at all, ... Whether or not it really helps with pain or illness, effectively it's the legalization of marijuana.
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#Authority

If you know anything about bar association politics, it is not constitutional scholars who become president of the bar association. She has very little, if any, acquaintanceship with constitutional law, and it's a very hard thing to get a hold of if you go into the court and start wrestling with it. In fact, you're likely to get it very wrong.
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#Politics