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What do you think of Romney choosing Robert Bork to select his judicial nominees?

Asked by ETpro (34217 points ) April 19th, 2012

Before answering, watch this video on Judge Bork’s judicial decisions.

Mitt Romney has selected Judge Robert Bork to head his judicial nominee selection team. Arguably, the most important thing the next president will do—the thing with the most lasting impact—will be appointing justices to the Supreme Court and the federal bench.

In his time on the bench, in every case he heard where the government or an individual was suing a corporation, Bork sided with the corporation 100% of the time. In cases where an individual litigated against the government, Bork found in favor of the government 100% of the time. In a judicial career spanning decades, there were no exceptions. Constitutional protection goes to corporations first, then government second, and individual citizens only when corporations and government are not involved.

Bork believes that the Civil Rights Act is, in his words, “unsurpassed ugliness”. He defends the idea of poll taxes and literacy tests for voters. He has stated that he believes women are not covered by the equal protection clause of the Constitution. He believes that politicians should be able to outlaw birth control. He held that a corporation with a dangerous level of lead need not clean up its environment as the EPA wanted to require, but should rather be allowed to fire any female employees who refused to submit to sterilization. Bork thinks the First Amendment shouldn’t apply to literature, art or science. It only covers political speech, he has claimed. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Is this the sort of corporatist/fascist agenda we want imposed from the Federal Bench for the foreseeable future in America?

This is a follow up of my earlier question on the Supreme Court

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tom_g's avatar

I hope this gets people who are disappointed in Obama interested in fighting for his re-election.

marinelife's avatar

I think that he will go for people who pass the right-wing litmus tests.

cazzie's avatar

And I am hoping that the people @marinelife mentioned are in an extreme minority.

And Alice said, ‘Curiouser and curiouser.’ and then I said, ‘Look out! The fascists are coming.’

Any reading about fascist Italy right now runs screeching parallels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Italy_under_fascism

ro_in_motion's avatar

Rmoney can do anything he likes as long as he’s not elected.

wundayatta's avatar

Romney is trying to enhance his asshole conservative cred. Somehow, even though I thought really badly of him, this makes him worse. He is starting to get seriously dangerous. It’s hard to believe a person with opinions like this is actually allowed to run, legally, for President.

janbb's avatar

Oy veyz mir!

jrpowell's avatar

Bork as a verb

“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, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens.”
Senator Ted Kennedy

filmfann's avatar

Great news. Up till now, you just laugh at how pathetic Romney is. Now people have a reason to fear his presidency.
Bork is lower than worm shit.

woodcutter's avatar

Bork can make all the suggestions he wants. That doesn’t mean any of them will get anywhere.

filmfann's avatar

btw @ro_in_motion I love the Rmoney thing. It’s perfect.

ETpro's avatar

@tom_g It should tell us elections matter. They matter a great deal.

@marinelife Robert Bork wouldn’t even consider anyone who would trip over the far-right litmus test. So such nominees would never come to Romney’s attention.

@cazzie Yes, Mussolini said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” That is what today’s GOP is REALLY fighting for. They pay lip service to abortion, racism, xenophobia, guns, God and gays… But the men behind the curtain could care less about any of that. They use those issues to get a cadre of dupes to push their fascist ideology. They want the wealth of the nation. All of it.

@ro_in_motion Romney will do just fine with his continuing revenue stream from Bain Capital. And maybe he will give up running for president if he looses again.

@wundayatta Now that Mitt Romeny has morphed into a “severe conservative” he is as dangerous as a ticking time bomb. His political platform is shaping up to be everything George W. Bush did wrong, but taken to a whole new level. I am convinced that if he wins and Democrats in the Senate can’t stop him, he will take us into the next Great Depression.

@janbb Indded.

@johnpowell That wasn’t just idle political rhetoric. THat was the stone-cold truth.

@woodcutter If the Democrats lose the Senate, there will be a big rubber stamp for whatever Bork tells Romney to do.

@filmfann Amen.

woodcutter's avatar

Not gonna worry about such a situation. I’m confident there will be enough cool heads prevailing. Too many heads will roll if it even smells like its heading into something that extreme. Congressmen still want to keep their jobs after all.

ETpro's avatar

@woodcutter Things are already pretty extreme. From the bottom of the Depression right up to the Reagan Revolution of 1980, everyone in the US climbed the ladder of success together. When Reagan instituted Piss Down economics in 1980, everything changed drastically. Since them, the top 1% have seen their income go up over 300%. The bottom 60% have lost 6% in real income. 42% of the nation’s financial wealth now is in the hands of the richest 1%. And Paul Ryan wants $5.3 trillion in tax increases and cuts in programs for the poor in order to pay for $4.3 trillion in additional massive tax cuts for those already doing phenomenally well.

wundayatta's avatar

@ETpro I agree that if Romney wins, we’re going to extend the recession for a long time and possible get much worse.

I heard on the radio today that he is running a very negative campaign—not just in the sense of attacking Obama, but also in the sense that he he attacking America and saying we are in a prolonged recession.

Whether or not this is true, this is good news for Democrats, I believe. Candidates with a negative vision do not do well. I learned this from Reagan. “Morning in America” plays well. I don’t think Romney’s “America in recession sucks” message is going to play well. People want a positive vision, not a negative one, and I don’t think Romney has a positive vision.

The fact is that Obama has handled the recession very well. Extremely well, considering that he has been blocked at every turn by a do-nothing Republican Congress. Obama could have done a lot better, were it not for Republicans. Even so, he has stood up to them well enough to really make a big difference for a lot of people. When the health care reform kicks in, people will see a huge difference, and all these people who have been worried about not having insurance will feel a huge relief. Obama has a lot to hold his head up about and may well go down as one of the best Presidents ever!

ETpro's avatar

@wundayatta I hope your’e right and that the coattails are long enough to give Democrats a fighting chance in Congress. Four more years of deliberate GOP gridlock to make Obama look bad won[‘t be great for America either.

ro_in_motion's avatar

@ETpro This is the thing. I wish the Democrats – or some other organisation – took out an entire ad campaign showing how horrid the Republicans have been. This Congress has an abysmal record of bipartisan democracy.

Ron_C's avatar

That would be perfect. There would be absolutely no reason to vote Republican. Robert Bork was rejected for the Supreme court and a guarantee that if Romney was elected president no one would try to assassinate him because we would be left with an evil regressive as president. Bork would also make Romney look like a reasonable person, in comparison.

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