Not Asking Much

A lot has been said and written about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s choice of headwear on Inauguration Day.  The hat is pretty interesting, but to each their own when it comes to the style of headwear you choose to wear.  I would not wear Scalia’s hat, but that could be just me.

I do, however, have an issue with the fact that Justice Scalia did not even have the courtesy, respect, or decency to remove his headwear during the singing of the National Anthem.  To me, that is just something that cannot be ignored.  It is not asking too much of him to have removed his “hat” during the Anthem, and to place his hand over his heart (see picture).  If President Obama had done the same, he would have been chastised and criticized to no end.  It would have been more “evidence” that he is really not an American, that he is some sort of Manchurian Candidate, or some other outrageous right-wing lie.  But Scalia gets a pass.  He was probably just “sending a message” that he does not support Obama.  tdy-130121-scalia-hat_photoblog600

I don’t get how easy it is for so many on the right to by complete hypocrites on so many things.  They want to claim that they are the only ones who truly understand the Constitution, they want to come across as the only ones who support our military, and they want to be the first in line to wrap themselves in the flag as “patriots” any chance they get.  Understanding the Constitution is not reserved for those on the right, neither is support for our troops, and, clearly, neither is respect for our flag.  Maybe Justice Scalia thinks he gets a free pass and can just do whatever it is that he wants; it is a free country after all.

To me, it is not asking much for people, regardless of party, to remove their hat while the National Anthem is being performed.  I guess maybe I hold a greater reverence for the flag than some.  I know that you will never find a picture of me looking so upset at having to show our flag and our country some respect.  If showing respect for our flag is not important to you, I feel sorry for you.  I really do.

2 Responses to Not Asking Much

  1. thorsaurus says:

    Excellent points. Did he leave his hat on for the entire song?

    • TommyK says:


      I have looked at several videos online of Beyonce singing the Anthem, and it is difficult to tell if he left his hat on the whole time.

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