We hear a lot of chatter about the First, Second, Ninth, and Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution. More commonly known as the Bill of Rights.
Maybe I am simply out of the loop, but I don’t hear much about the Third Amendment. Do you?
Amendment III (3): Housing of soldiers
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.
The rest of the ten amendments, enacted less than a decade after the Constitution was ratified, have been the focal point at some time in our recent past. Number 3 is just not respected like the others. In fact, one has to asked why it is even in the list.
Think about this little fact: The states did not ratify the second of James Madison’s twelve proposed amendments. That amendment would have restricted congressional pay raises. So,…the states felt the eventual Third Amendment was even more important than controlling the ability of Congress to give itself a raise.
Following on the heels of ratifying that citizens had the right to keep and bear arms was the categorical restriction on the central government’s right to intrude on private property.
During, and prior to, the American War for Independence the British war machine, at their leisure, could commandeer homes, farms, saloons, etc for the housing of their troops and command centers. No compensation was required. Abuses of property owners was rampant.
Several states upon ratifying the Constitution did so with the caveat that the principle in the Third Amendment would be expeditiously added to the US Constitution.
The idea was that the central government would have very limited power to intrude into the lives, liberties, and property of the people. In essence the founders (legislatures of the colonies) were declaring in the Second Amendment “we have the right to arm ourselves against invasion.” Then they reiterated that the central government was included as being restricted from invasion or intrusion into the homes of the people.
When members of Congress stage sit-ins, and battle for the privilege of violating the Second Amendment they likewise are seeking to override the inherent right of the people to say “stay out of my home.”
Of such things we the people should be most leery.
We need not look to Nazi Germany and the other nations in the Axis of Evil to see what gun-control laws result in. We have our very own history for examples. It is a history that tells the tale of a people determined to be free of government intrusion. It is a history that should be preserved, not wasted by power-hungry elected officials.
That Is The Way I See It.