Barton Wishes Bork Was On the Supreme Court

David Barton told his listeners that no Christian should vote for any candidate who did not pledge to appoint people to the Supreme Court who would overturn the recent marriage equality ruling. And he lamented the fact that Robert Bork was not on the Supreme Court.

“If you get a different administration, you can get some different Supreme Court justices,” Barton said. “How many times in the last 30 years has the Supreme Court overturned itself? It did that on nativity scenes, it did that on Ten Commandments monuments, it has done that on homosexuality, it has done that on a number of issues where it reverses itself. So you get some different justices in there and they’ll vote to bring a case back before them on this issue and you may see a complete change as a result.”

After Barton and co-host Rick Green lamented how different things would have been had Robert Bork been confirmed to the Supreme Court instead of Anthony Kennedy, Barton declared that Republican candidates “are lining up now and you need to be asking the question of every one, where are they on the marriage issue and where are they on judges and if you don’t get the right answer, then find a different candidate.”

Oh yeah, we’d be so much better off with Bork on the court. This was a man, remember, who believed that the First Amendment protected only explicitly political speech, not artistic or literary or scientific speech. And who believed that a desire to control other people’s actions that have no affect on them at all was equal in all ways to a desire to control one’s own behavior, a position he took in opposing the ruling in Griswold v Connecticut, the case that overturned bans on the sale of contraception. In many ways, he was actually more out on the fringe than Clarence Thomas, and that’s saying a lot.

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  • Modusoperandi

    I remember the tennis/law movie, Bork on the Court. Rather than play the game, his schtick was running around the court interferring with the other players because they were playing tennis, in his mind, wrong.

  • richardelguru

    I’d prefer the Swedish Chef on the court bork, bork, bork!

  • Modusoperandi

    There was also Bork on the Fringe with Thomas, which from what I gather was a three series-long BBC satirical farce about the British legal system. I’d explain it better, but the last half of that sentence makes no sense to me.

  • raven

    I rarely cheer when someone dies.

    I cheered when Bork died though. At that moment, the world became slightly but measurably better.

  • John Pieret

    a position he took in opposing the ruling in Griswold v Connecticut, the case that overturned bans on the sale of contraception

    People like Barton think that would be a feature, not a bug, in a Bork stint on the Court. As would be his support, at his confirmation hearings for the position of Solicitor General, for the right of Southern states to impose a poll tax.

    Barton et. al. want to see America returned to the 50s … the 1850s.

  • colnago80

    This should be a wake up call for those on the left who insist that they will never support Hillary for president, just as they’re antecedents in Florida and New Hampshire refused to support Gore in 2000, leading to the presence of Roberts and Alito on the court. Unlike them, Barton and company get it.

  • theschwa

    @3: Modus, at first I was confused by your description. Then I realized I was confusing it with Bork on the Thomas with Fringe, from the musical Nebraska?

  • Modusoperandi

    theschwa, it’s a common mistake. The lyrics change but the refrain remains the same.

  • ArtK

    @Modus #8

    I thought it was the characters who changed, but the refrain remained the same.

  • busterggi

    How can someone who opposes gay sex caim he wants to be Borked?

  • Modusoperandi

    ArtK “I thought it was the characters who changed, but the refrain remained the same.”

    It could be. Bitter old people all look the same to me.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    And he lamented the fact that Robert Bork was not on the Supreme Court.

    Yes, but remember that this was David Barton. Maybe he was lying.

  • xuuths

    Reginald Selkirk, I remember that this is David Barton. Of course he was lying.

  • Modusoperandi

    “I think Bork should be a Supreme Court Justice.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Epistle to David Barton

  • arakasi

    If Bork had made it through the nomination process and been on the Supreme Court, then when he died in 2012, he would have been replaced by an Obama nominee. Somehow, I doubt that Barton would prefer another Kagan on the court

  • garnetstar

    I seem to recall that Bork couldn’t find any right in the Constitution that would forbid Oklahoma from physically (not chemically) castrating a repeat sex offender. Enough said.

  • marcus

    Well, to be fair, he does have a point. If Robert Bork was on the court he would be literally brain-dead. Conservatives like that in a Supreme Court Justice.

  • NitricAcid

    I was about to ask why he would want an Icelandic pop star on the Supreme Court, but I figured it out.