The Corner

Stopping Bork, the Political Triumph of Last 50 Years

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy–who took the Supreme Court seat intended for Robert Bork–has loyally served cultural liberalism during his tenure, both as a shield and a sword.

His cultural impact cannot be overstated, and will continue long after he is an historical figure written about in history books

Unsurprisingly, Kennedy just sided with the four liberal identical quadruplet justices to overturn much of Texas’s abortion law. (Why do they even show up? Their only real task is to vote in lockstep and hope that either Kennedy or Roberts carries their water)

Kennedy also authored Obergefell, which conjured a fundamental right to define one’s “personal identity.”

Before that, he crafted the ridiculous legal doctrine that “define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”

If Bork had been confirmed, this would be a very different country. But then, (Ted) Kennedy recognized the danger (from his perspective). 

His “borking” of Bork was one of the most impactful and consequential political triumphs in the history of this country.

Clarification: I accidentally left out the words, “one of,” in the sentence above. It now accurately reflects my opinion.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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