Robert Bork

(Robert Heron Bork)

Robert Bork
Robert Bork
  • Born: March 1, 1927
  • Died: December 19, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









Robert Heron Bork was an American judge, government official and legal scholar who served as the 35th Solicitor General of the United States from 1973 to 1977. A professor at Yale Law School by occupation, he was a member of the Republican Party. He served as Acting United States Attorney General in 1973 and later as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court, but the United States Senate rejected his nomination.

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… the Democratic Party in robes. Religion & God
A large part of our cultural confusion lies with the Supreme Court. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
All participants in politics want to impose as much of their morality on others as possible. Miscellaneous
Federal judges, alone among public officials, are given life tenure precisely so that they will not be accountable to the people. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I don’t think there is a Constitutional right for individuals to bear arms. But I’m against gun control. So there! Guns & Gun Control
If the ACLU took the same position on the 2nd Amendment that it does on the 1st Amendment and other non-enumerated rights, then every citizen would be required to carry a gun. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It is impossible to design a constitution that is so perfect that no one has to be good. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
It is necessary to establish the proposition that the [Constitution's] framers' intentions with respect to freedoms are the sole legitimate premise from which constitutional analysis may proceed. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Life is lived on a slippery slope. You are constantly making judgements. Human Nature
Nobody knows exactly what that means ... It has become a wish list for people who want things in the Constitution. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
One of the things you do in a baseball game is scream at the umpire in the hope that the next call will go your way. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
One way for Constitutional change is the fact that [Supreme Court] justices are mortal. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
So long as cameras are there, confirmations will be drawn-out photo opportunities.
The [Supreme] Court is no longer primarily a legal institution but rather a political and cultural power. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The 1st Amendment is about how we govern ourselves—not about how we titillate ourselves sexually. Taxes
The American people want a large government that can do all kinds of things ... that are not within the enumerated powers [of the Constitution.] Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The choice of "fundamental values" by the [Supreme] Court cannot be justified. Where constitutional materials do not clearly specify the value to be preferred, there is no principled way to prefer any claimed human value to any other. The judge must stick close to the text and history, and their fair implications, and not construct any new rights. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The Constitution is ... power. That is why we see political struggle over the selection of judges who will wield that power. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The courts, over time, have always responded to the dominant classes in our society. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The only way to stop courts from misbehaving is a political battle. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The original Constitution was devoted primarily to the mechanisms of democratic choice.... [It] provided wide powers to the representative assemblies and ruled only a few subjects off limits by the Constitution. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The prohibitions of the Constitution were put in place precisely to prevent majority opinion from ruling certain areas of life. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The statutes are never enforced, but legislators, who would be aghast at any enforcement effort, nevertheless often refuse to repeal them. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Supreme Court has made itself into a political institution … It has become a political prize and a political position. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Supreme Court is an ideal legislature for the intelligentsia. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There have been very few societies which are multi-racial and knew any degree of peace. Discrimination & Prejudice
A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable. Society
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.
Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely another way of describing the basic American plan: representative democracy.
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.
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. Time
It is a ship with a great deal of sail but a very shallow keel.
Law is vulnerable to the winds of intellectual or moral fashion, which it then validates as the commands of our most basic concept.
Modernity, the child of the Enlightenment, failed when it became apparent that the good society cannot be achieved by unaided reason. Society
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. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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.
The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The right to procreate is not guaranteed, explicitly or implicitly, by the Constitution.
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. Nature
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. Power