Why it was good Robert Bork was never on the Supreme Court
There is now historical revisionism by some, that the late Robert Bork would have made a good Justice on the Supreme Court. No he would have not. Robert Bork, even twenty plus years after the Civil Rights Era, believed that it was perfectly within the right of state governments to enact segreation laws, if they so choose. He not only thought it was fine for the government to ban what he perceived as obscene but was an eager supporter of those kinds of laws. In fact he sung the praises of censorship. The reason we have a Bill of Rights, is to protect us against people like Judge Bork. Men and women like Bork are the type of people who believe that we as Americans have a very limited degree of liberty and rights. They believe that if a right isn't explicit in the Constitution, then it doesn't exist. This of course ignores the 9th Amendment which guarantees rights not already previously listed in the Bill of Rights. By the way, some Founders opposed a Bill of Rights, not because they opposed necessary a list of rights for Americans, but they realized that people like Robert Bork would come around and state that if a right isn't explictly listed, then it doesn't exist for Americans. So yes, we as Americans do have a right of privacy against the government, it is one of our rights left unlisted, but preserved, by the 9th Amendment. We do have a right to read books like Tropic of Cancer or magazines like Playboy. We do have a right to bear arms, another right that Judge Bork didn't believe that we possessed. Now, to ensure these rights we need to be sure that judges like Judge Bork, never wind up on the Supreme Court.