Supreme Court Justice Scalia was recently asked to give the “Rose Lecture,” at the Tennessee law school. During that time, he suggested that if government taxes became too high in the future, it may be time to revolt.
Speaking about other things as well, perhaps the hardest hitting point amongst his speech was the deliverance of his message urging students to defend their country against tyrants. Expressing that although it is the government’s right to implement taxes upon the people, “if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”
This is, after all, a part of American history that Scalia is suggesting, as the revolutionaries kicked up a war over a 3% tax on tea.
He went on to relay that citizens have the right to question and criticize the government as it is their Constitutional right.
The Justice then even hit on his 1989 ruling that allows citizens to burn the flag as part of their right to free speech saying, “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.”
Finishing his speech he urged students not to give, “credence to partisan politics.” Suggesting that no matter who is in charge of Congress or the Senate, whether Democrat or Republican, the Constitution is not a partisan document.
Scalia conveys that, “The Constitution is not a living organism for Pete’s sake. It’s a law. It means what it meant when it was adopted.”
What do you guys think – did Scalia hit the nail on the head? Could it perhaps be time to revolt? Will it ever come to that? Let us know in a comment below.