Robert Bork died today. Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court.
Judge Bork believed that companies had the right to ask female employees to either steralize themselves or be fired.
Judge Bork believed free speech only applied to politics.
Judge Bork believed that a president had the right to refuse being investigated.
Judge Bork believed in racial segregation.
The senate voted judge Bork down in 1987. We should all be grateful.
I doubt that Judge Bork believed in segregation. Nobody holding such a belief could become a nominee to the Supreme Court in the post Brown vs Board age.
As an attorney, however, I'm glad his nomination was defeated. He believed in the legal philosophy of "original intent," meaning that he believed the Supreme Court could only act on issues where the intent of the Founding Fathers, as they thought in 1787, can be understood today.
That philosophy basically castrates the Court and forces it not to act on most issues. Gay marriage? Can't rule on it because it didn't exist in 1787. Gun control? Can't rule on it except as applied to "militias," since that's what it meant in 1787. Affirmative action? Nope.
Due process and equal protection? Only as they were understood in 1787, which basically meant that your slave received his due process rights when you told him you were selling him and he received his equal protection rights when you sold him using the same mechanism (probably a slave auction) every other slave seller used.
Do you really think this is appropriate on the day he died? He has loved ones you know. This is very disrespectful. The day you die, I am coming back to XIN to say you were the biggest annoyance here rather than give my condolences.