- Series: American Ideals & Institutions
- Hardcover: 750 pages
- Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st Edition edition (November 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933859687
- ISBN-13: 978-1933859682
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a long book but the read is much quicker than expected. His defense of the Constitution is powerful against attacks by social and economic justice theorists. These rabble-rousers have way too much time on their hands and Judge Bork dispatches their arguments with aplomb. In today's world, where neighbors consider my rights and property subject to their personal jurisdiction, it is refreshing to see someone, anyone, fight against such totalitarian tendencies.
Judge Bork, along with France's J.Revel, sees the value of resisting these social tendencies; Revel morally, Bork legally. The U.S. Constitution is a document of the highest order of human accomplishment, and Judge Bork uses it deftly to defend man against the tyranny of small collections of people determined to exert their influence on other peoples lives.
There are several on the U.S. Supreme Court who should be reading this book and paying attention to the clarity, brevity, and restraint it offers. It's a shame that the likes of Ted Kennedy could steer Judge Bork's path to confirmation (in 1987) like he did an Oldsmobile over a bridge near Martha's Vineyard in 1969. We're all a lot worse off because of the results.
The judiciary at this level in the United States (excepting Obama Appointees of course) are pretty much all intellectual giants, but Bork was one of the best thinkers we have produced in this century. I admit when I was younger I never realized the value of the judiciary, but today one can see just how important it can be - or how destructive.
Roe v. Wade has killed almost 100 million Americans. Obamacare will kill at least that many over time it is allowed to stand and emasculate our Bill of Rights in the process.
Intellectual ability is a scare resource. Men like Jefferson and Washington are exceedingly rare commodities. Robert Bork was of that class. A few hours of with his books, and your brain will be very exercised. Intellectual stimulation at its best. If you have a lawyer in the family make sure they read Bork's books. His insight into our recent history will astound you as he projects where it is leading us - and so quickly that many of his predictions are also now history - to our own discredit as a nation for not being able to perceive the issues, deal with the warnings, or understand the reality of where we are going.
I'm sorry to report that it is highly unlikely anyone in Washington will comprehend Bork - at least for now.
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