44 UCLA L. Rev. 1185 (1996-1997)
Book Review

handle is hein.journals/uclalr44 and id is 1201 raw text is: BOB BORKS AMERIKA
Thomas E. Baker
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modem Liberalism and American Decline by
Robert H. Bork (Regan Books 1996) $25.00.
bork v.... Pol. to attack (a candidate or the like) systematically, esp.
in the media.
-Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang (1994)
In Robert Bork's America, there is no room at the inn for blacks and
no place in the Constitution for women, and in our America there
should be no seat on the Supreme Court for Robert Bork.
-Edward M. Kennedy'
The first requisite is knowing what is happening to us. This book
has tried to answer that, to show that decline runs across our entire
culture and that it has a common cause, modem liberalism.
-Robert H. Bork3
[W]e are still America, not Amerika.
-William J. Bennett4
Like much of legal scholarship, book reviews often are undertaken
more to be written than to be read.5 But reviewing a book obliges the
reviewer to do more than read what the author has written. Writing a
* Alvin R. Allison Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law; tbaker@ttu.edu; B.S.
1974, Florida State University; J.D. 1977, University of Florida. His latest book is THE MOST
WONDERFUL WORK: OUR CONSTITUTION INTERPRETED (1996).
1. RANDOM HOUSE HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN SLANG 249 U.E. Lighter ed.,
1994); see also WILLIAM SAFIRE, SAFIRE'S NEW POLITICAL DICTIONARY 76 (1993) (bork[: to]
attack viciously a candidate or appointee, especially by misrepresentation in the media).
2. 1 Nomination of Robert H. Bork to Be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United
States: Hearings on S. 1011 Before the Senate Comm. on the Judiciary, 100th Cong. 34 (1989) [here-
inafter Hearings] (opening statement of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy).
3. ROBERT H. BORK, SLOUCHING TOWARDS GOMORRAH: MODERN LIBERALISM AND
AMERICAN DECLINE 342 (1996).
4. William J. Bennett, The End of Democracy? A Discussion Continued, FIRST THINGS, Jan.
1997, at 19, 20; see also BORK, supra note 3, at 18 (describing how American youth ... de-
nounced 'Amerika' during the Vietnam war).
5. See Kenneth Lasson, Scholarship Amok: Excesses in the Pursuit of Truth and Tenure, 103
HARV. L. REV. 926, 931 (1990).

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