Monday, January 24, 2011

What Do You Think About This?

Supreme Court Justices Could Be No-Shows for Obama's State of the Union Address


So what do you think? Should they go or should they boycott?

As I'm sure most remember, the controversy started last year when Obama attacked the justices in his address over their ruling on allowing more freedom of speech in political campaigns.

There are some now who feel that the justices should stay away, partly out of protest, partly because of the hyper-partisan nature of the address.

What are your thoughts? Send a message and stay away or "man up" and go because it is tradition? Also, is not going a partisan act in itself?

14 comments:

Brooke said...

I'm sure the leftist judges will attend; were I a judge I would not.

THAT would be one helluva statement.

Mustang said...

I think the justices should respect the office of president, even if they cannot respect the man who is president. Just because Obama himself is a slug doesn't mean the justices should emulate his impolite, borish behavior.

Sam Huntington said...

Sitting through an Obama state of the union address must be hell on earth for a Supreme Court Justice—unless you happen to be one of Obama’s appointees. In that case, listening to another iteration of the Communist Manifesto might cause one’s leg to tingle. Personally, I’d probably call in sick.

Always On Watch said...

From the article:

“To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I’m not sure why we’re there,” Roberts said last March.

Even so, it seems to me that SCOTUS should be there -- at least to remind BHO that he isn't our government in totality.

Z said...

I'm with Mustang...I think they should go to respect the President's office and their own, particularly after having read your linked article.
AOW's right, too....let's not let this president look even more in charge and bullying than he IS...

Sam's comment cracked me up; the Republicans had the Constitution read, maybe Obama'll read the Comm Manifesto? :-)

They need to go; it'll be very partisan for them not to and will cheapen the SCOTUS from the scandal the media will create if they don't.

cube said...

My brain tells me that the SCOTUS should attend out of DC decorum and all that crap, but my heart tells me some of them should cite the embarassment of last year's SOTU address as a reason to stay home and watch Chiller.

Ticker said...

Go and stare him down every time he steps across the line on the Constitution or what he claims to have done or will do that is unconstitutional, which is 99&44/100% of his crap.
Show no emotion other than the stare down. No applause, no standing other than on his entry and departure. That's all the respect he deserves or rather the office deserves to have shown toward it by the Justices.

LASunsett said...

They should go and remain stoic. Once it's over, they should go back to work and disregard whatever dumbass remarks he may make.

Chuck said...

I'm of two minds on this issue.

I think they should go to rise above the issue, show they are better than him.

For one thing, if they didn't go they would be attacked by the press and they would be the partisans so any point they sought to make would have been lost.

I'm with Ticker and LA, stare him down.

As to the future, I do wonder at the reason for them being there. It is strictly a partisan event and I wonder if the SCOTUS judges should be a part of it.

cube said...

Were I a judge, I'd be popping popcorn, putting on the Snuggie and watching a movie on my DVD.

But wait, I'd be one of the conservative judges so I can't speak for those on the left.

Chuck said...

Word is the Supremes may stay home (at least some of them)

MK said...

So long as obama didn't change his tune from the last time, don't bother attending, besides as i've said elsewhere, his speech will just be platitudes, blaming everyone else and telling you how stupid you are because you don't love obama.

cube said...

I know the appearance of the Supreme Court Justices is part of history, but after the unbelievably rude treatment they received last year, I can't blame them for sitting out this SOTU.

Chuck said...

Okay Whitey, I think you may have come to the wrong blog.