INCOME TAXES? 'If it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt,' Justice Scalia tells students
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/20/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
It came as a most bit of unorthodox advice, from a lawmaker to an audience of impressionable minds. While speaking at the University Of Tennessee College Of Law last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked by a student about his interpretation of the constitutionality of the income tax. Few expected what came next.
Justice Scalia told the students that the justices do not give credence to partisan politics, and that he doesn't care which party controls the White House. He stands by a theory of "originalism," which means that the Constitution is a fixed law and not open to change or interpretation over time.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scalia, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench said that the government has the constitutional right to implement the tax, "but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt."
In the same vein, Scalia told the students that they have every right to express criticism of the government.
"You're entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code .
". you can burn a flag," he said, according to the News Sentinel.
Invited to deliver the annual "Rose Lecture" at the Tennessee law school, Scalia discussed pivotal events in his time in the Supreme Court. This included the decision in 1989 to rule that flag-burning was constitutionally protected speech.
Outside the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Gregory Lee Johnson burned a flag in protest against President Ronald Reagan's policies. He was arrested under Texas' flag desecration statute. In its 5-4 ruling in Texas v. Johnson, the Supreme Court struck down flag desecration laws in 48 states by ruling that flag desecration is a constitutionally protected form of free speech.
In 1989, the U.S. Congress protested the Johnson decision by passing the Flag Protection Act, a federal version of the already-struck state flag desecration statutes. Thousands burned flags in protest of the new law, and when two protesters were arrested, the Supreme Court affirmed its previous ruling and struck down the federal statute.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Scalia to the Supreme Court in 1986.
Scalia also told the students that the justices do not give credence to partisan politics, and that he doesn't care which party controls the White House. He stands by a theory of "originalism," which means that the Constitution is a fixed law and not open to change or interpretation over time.
"The Constitution is not a living organism for Pete's sake," he said. "It's a law. It means what it meant when it was adopted."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
For years, critics of Hillary Clinton have accused her of corruption, dirty tactics, lying, deceit and more. Her apologists have dismissed ... continue reading
It is a mistaken belief that slavery is a thing of the past. On the contrary, slavery is surging and becoming increasingly common. While ... continue reading
Few politicians are as dirty as the Clinton Crime Family. A new revelation shows they paid Russian agents up to millions of dollars for ... continue reading
Two Republican senators have criticized President Trump from the floor of the senate, in a dramatic break from their party. Senators Bob ... continue reading
Evil George Soros transfers $18 billion to support abortion, destroy marriage, and tell you how to live Watch
Billionaire George Soros has transferred $18 billion of his personal wealth to his Open Society Foundations, which grant money to liberal ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Edmund Rich: Saint of the Day for Monday, November 20, 2017
- The Remarkable Story of an Underground Priest Living in China
- 'DEFEND the Pope!'
- Daily Reading for Monday, November 20th, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 HD Video
- Do you know what the Church really says about Nuclear War?
- Daily Readings for Monday, November 20, 2017
- Catholics are sharing Christ's compassion. HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, November 19th, 2017 HD
- Did Pope Francis blast 'perverse attitude' of climate change deniers? HD
- Scientists warn: The end of life as we know it is near HD
Daily Reading for Monday November 20, 2017
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way