Why 3 Supreme Court Justices Didn’t Attend the State of the Union

The wording in the Constitution is simple and straightforward: the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” There's nothing in there about the Supreme Court justices and, accordingly, there's nothing simple and straightforward about their attendance.

This year, six justices were in attendance, while three of the most conservative members of the court, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were noticeably absent. In the modern era, custom has held that the justices would show up in their official robes and sit impassively. But in recent years, they've become more resistant to the tradition.

Justice Antonin Scalia’s absence is no surprise. It was the 19th State of the Union in a row that he’s skipped since he considers the speech a “childish spectacle.”

Justice Clarence Thomas’s empty seat was also unsurprising. In 2012, Thomas said he doesn’t attend the annual event because “it has become so partisan and it's very uncomfortable for a judge t....”

Thomas’s remark gets to the heart of why the State of the Union has become a painful event for the justices: the address has become a “political pep rally,” according to Chief Justice John Roberts (who still attends nonetheless), as the justices are forced to sit calmly while the President and members of government around them cheer and crow about the politics of the moment.

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I believe Roberts attended, Alito was one of the 3.

I stand corrected Sir!  I will give credit where credit is due.  We are only as good as the information that is available.

When people utter such nonsense in front of them at the Supreme Court level, it is called perjury and the offenders are duly punished,  It must infuriate them to see the same thing happening in front of their eyes in a venue in which they can do nothing at all to halt the scope of prevarication - the ones who stayed home  were taking a stand for truth by so voting with their feet in the matter!

3 VERY SMART JUSTICES.

WHY SHOULD THEY HAVE TO LISTEN

TO "o" BULLCHIT SEASON

Well, RFB, we "bump" heads occasionally....on board with ya this time. Agree....should have been over two hundred empty seats on the R side of the House/Senate. Too bad......crap in all of our faces, is exactly what Hussein/Jarrett/Holder/Jeh Johnson/Sharpton etal....do to us every day they are in office...or in case of race baiter Dumdon....(an advisor to the WH/DOJ) Makes us all want to upchuck!!!

What good men! Thank God for good men! If all men were like Obama, Holder, Reid and Sharpton - we all would lose hope. There comes a time to make a stand and to publicly say we do not condone your political raping of the United States of America. Only good men take that stand.

I couldn't stand to watch that sneering prick either.

I'm with you on that. Just a bloviating black bas**ard.. He was sneering on how he has ruined this country and will continue to ruin it until someone removes him....Why don't the justices confront him on his commiecare and the other things he has done...Our Constitution mean nothing to him...

It is great to know, and hear that these justices  sit out listening to this arrogant wantabe president. He has had noting to say to the people of this country since his illegal election. The only people who vote for the man are the people with their hands out, and those who have been dead for years. Oh, and yes, the liberal d.aas. who were born with a significant portion of the brain absent. I for one have never listened to the illegal speak, knowing what he is, what he stands for, and the fact that he is a liar is enough to make most people sit out his shows; for that is all they are, no shows for the intelligent! 

Bill....agree with most of that....but....If you want to win over the enemy....you should pay attention and listen to what they are going to do to you....otherwise you lose. Know your enemy...he and his minions are obviously our (American Citizens) enemy. Check them out....then you may find a way to defeat them.....Same philosophy applied in Combat.....I know about that. 

Thanks for the input, but for me six years of lies from a muslim is enough. I do not have to smell of shi_ to know it is dung. Knowing the enemy does not mean you have to sit and listen to what you know is a lie. You cannot win some people, especially those who have a religion, that tells them to lie to the infidels/us. This man is as predictable as a sunrise. His mouth open, he lies; his mouth shut, he is thinking lies. His enemies know him, and he knows his enemies. That is all we have in common, other than living and dying.     

I don't have a degree in psychology, but I can tell you that the imposter in the White House is a Narcissistic Sociopath and should be in a mental institution.  I can't bring myself to watch or listen to him. Michele Obama said when (his) husband was elected president,   "FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I AM PROUD OF MY COUNTRY". Well, Mr. & Mrs. ? Obama, I am 71 years old and for the first time in my life I am ashamed of my country !  

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YIKES!!! Chelsea Clinton Emphatically States A Person With A Beard And A Penis Can ‘Absolutely’ Identify As A Woman

  • The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification
  • Chelsea Clinton replied ‘yes’ emphatically when asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman
  • ‘It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently,’ Hillary said
  • Aitkenhead said Hillary became ‘uneasy’ when the question was asked while Chelsea shot a ‘furious stare’ at the journalist as her mother answered
  • Hillary added: ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw’

(Daily Mail) – It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo.

The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’

However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’

The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

The book features Danica Roem, the first trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature.

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’

That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea then says she is thrilled with the National Health Service’s decision to assign patients to single-sex wards according to the gender they identify as, instead of their biological make up.

‘How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?’ Chelsea says.

‘And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity,’ she adds. ‘I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.’

At this point Hillary looks conflicted.

‘I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,’ Hillary says. ‘There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ”You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.” I hear that conversation all the time.’

Despite the clear tension in the room, the pair say they don’t argue about this topic.

But according to Aitkenhead, ‘I get the impression they don’t like to present anything less than a united front to the world.’

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