WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students last week that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.”
Asked about Scalia’s comments, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he hopes the University of Tennessee law students are informed of the “consequences of revolt against the government.”
Sen. Paul, a favorite among the Republican field for 2016 presidential candidates, told Fox News that the law students should be warned to revolt in the correct manner.
“I hope he warned them of the consequences of revolt against the government,” Paul told Fox News. “If he means the form of revolt should be at the ballot box, I wholeheartedly agree.”
He added that such a revolt against the “onerous” U.S. tax system could bring American companies back to the states.
“We should throw a lot of people out who have given us this crummy tax system,” said Paul.
Speaking at the University Of Tennessee College Of Law last Tuesday, Scalia — the longest-serving justice currently on the bench — was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”
The justice was invited by the Tennessee law school to present its annual “Rose Lecture,” and discussed events throughout his career such as his 1989 decision to rule with the majority that flag-burning was constitutionally protected speech. Scalia was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
“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,” Scalia told the standing-room-only crowd, according to the News Sentinel.