LOS ANGELES, December 21, 2012 — Robert Bork is gone after a distinguished and honorable career, while Tim Scott is barely beginning what will be a distinguished and honorable career.
They are different races, which would be relevant had they been politically liberal. Yet conservatism defines these two men. Liberals used prefixes like “ultra,” “arch” and “extreme,” an unpleasant way of labeling “principled conservatives.”
Principles are the bedrock of America. Freedom and liberty are character-defining principles. So are honesty, integrity, and decency. Those words define the two men of different eras.
Judge Robert Bork was one of the finest legal minds not to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott was just appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to the open Senate seat vacated by retiring Jim Demint. Demint is leaving to run the Heritage Foundation, a think tank combining two words “heritage” and “foundation” that individually and collectively define “principles.”
Judge Bork passed away at age 85 surrounded by loved ones, dying in the dignified manner he lived. Unfortunately, many will remember his surname as a verb symbolizing what is wrong with American politics today. Twenty-five years ago, this good man was “Borked.”
One year after “ultra-conservative” Antonin Scalia was confirmed 98-0, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to the High Court. Bork was eminently qualified, a first-rate intellect. He did not sleep with interns, commit financial crimes, or cover up murders of American diplomats or border guards. He was scandal-free, a man of character. That should have sufficed, but did not. In the interim between Scalia and Bork, Democrats retook the Senate. 1986 was the last year Democrats would vote for justices based on qualifications. From 1987, ideology would be considered. Enter the ultimate liberal ideologue, Ted Kennedy.
Senator Kennedy’s hobbies included football, excessive alcohol consumption, driving women off of bridges and leaving them to die, and bullying innocent conservatives. Bork was a “Strict Constructionist.” He believed Roe vs Wade, which created a “right to privacy,” was judicial activism. Law was created out of thin air, and he interpreted the Constitution as the Founding Fathers wrote it. Protecting abortion meant defeating Bork. Since he was qualified, character assassination was the only option. “The politics of personal destruction” started with Bork and continues today.
The left then targeted Justice Clarence Thomas in a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks” because they hate minority social conservatives the most. Conservatives finally grew sick and tired of liberal suicide bombers. Republican Newt Gingrich became House Speaker by taking down Democrat Jim Wright. Wright lamented political “cannibalism,” but Democrats started this. Instead of cease-fire, Democrats retaliated and took down Gingrich.
Republicans wanted comity, but fighting fire with fire was essential for survival. Rush Limbaugh and Fox News thrived because Richard Nixon’s “silent majority” had had enough. Not only were Democrats rejecting qualified conservatives simply for being conservatives, they advanced liberal lightweights simply because they were liberals. Republicans easily confirmed three hard-left Supreme Court justices who occupy the court today solely for being liberal women. Meanwhile, Democrats continued the scorched earth tactics of “borking” people like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann simply for being socially constitutional conservative women. Liberals savaged conservatives personally over policy differences.
Twenty-five years after Bork, leftist behavior comes full circle with the advancement of Tim Scott. The New York Jayson Blair Times continues to be the paper of record distortions. Mr. Scott happens to be politically conservative and black. Therefore, the NYT left is seeking to destroy Tim Scott.
2012 traveling throughout South Carolina allowed me to meet him often. He is a rock star and fantastic Senate choice, the ideological soul-mate of Demint. This is what South Carolina Republicans want.
Governor Haley had a tough choice because South Carolina has the best congressional delegation in America. Trey Gowdy, Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson, and Tim Scott are all beloved by their constituents. They all voted “no” on debt-ceiling increases. Leftists called them “Tea Party extremists,” that rare breed of elected politicians who kept their word.
Even liberal black Congressman James Clyburn respectfully said Mr. Scott would represent South Carolina “honorably.”
Tim Scott will difficult to demonize. Liberals enjoy painting all conservatives as “stupid” or “evil.” Senator-Elect Scott is neither. He is a bright, thoughtful, deeply religious man. He focuses on economics, preferring to vote socially conservative without fiery speeches. His public passion is curbing spending. Some liberals compare him to Colonel Allen West, as if all black Republicans are the same. Congressman West is a “firebrand.” Congressman Scott is much more soft-spoken. They are both fine men, but Mr. Scott’s genial style makes him virtually impossible to dislike.
He is also very good-natured. It was my honor to give him a mild “ribbing” at a South Carolina Republican dinner by ridiculing the identity politics and Borking culture infecting Democrats.
“Congressman Scott has a disagreement with me. He’s a good man, but it’s too soon for higher office. Between him, Herman Cain, Michael Steele, Armstrong Williams, and Ward Connerly, we’re not there yet. Congressman Scott asked me what I had against black conservatives. Black conservatives? I was talking about the follically challenged. Look at 2008. Republicans offered Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson. Democrats offered Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama and John Edwards. No substance, destructive policies, and really good hair.”
(Thankfully Congressman Scott does not have predator drones.)
On American Idol, he would be rejected for poor singing. Yet he is a political star, as worthy as anybody to be the next distinguished Palmetto State Senator.
The left must not get in the gutter over this man. He has done nothing to them but vote his conscience. Borking has to stop. For 25 years liberals have stripped the humanity from conservatives for existing and breathing air. Like all bullies, they are just afraid. They fear Tim Scott will be a better leader and role model than them for black and white America. They should be.
Farewell, Justice Bork. Watch from above. Senator Tim Scott will make you and the rest of us all proud.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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