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.
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 !