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April 07, 2009
If any amendment to the Constitution should have an inferiority complex, this would be it.
There’s never been any controversy about it. No demonstrations.
It’s one of the least-litigated sections of the Constitution. The Supreme Court has never even bothered to review the meaning of it.
I was almost, in my dissection of the first ten amendments, going to skip it, but then I asked myself, “Has it not suffered enough?”
Here it is, in all its lack of drama.
“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
It was introduced by James Madison, a small non-descript man himself, September 5, 1789 and finally ratified in 1791.
It does come with a back-story; it was written in response to unhappy private citizens, that were required to house British soldiers in their own homes before the Revolutionary War.
A situation the Founding Fathers never wanted to repeat, even with our own army.
In perhaps an attempt to elevate the Third Amendment, there are those that say it prevented the military from not only quartering troops but becoming a law onto themselves.
Namely that the Third Amendment, (and not the Fourth) provides the better constitutional argument against surveillance.
What do I think?
I'll take the Fifth.
Let’s just accept the Third Amendment, tracing its roots to the English Bill of Rights, for what it is. A thoughtful addition by our Founding Fathers who didn't want us sharing our homes with anyone we didn't want to.
I see nothing wrong with showing this forgotten amendment a little love. And anything or anyone else you'd also like to give some love to today won't be forgotten by me.
Constitution of the United States emory.edu Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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The Third Amendment: Forgotten but Not Gone tomwbell.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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