Bill of Rights Series: Third Amendment

As with every amendment in the Bill of Rights, this one is important as the others.  The main reason for this one was the British military policy, actually most nations military policy, to use the citizens’ homes  to house soldiers.  Now days, with the logistics of combat doesn’t allow for occupying civilian homes very often.

The Third Amendment reads as…

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.

Lets break this down

This simply means that the government cannot force you to house soldiers in peacetime, nor in wartime, unless the law states you must. 

What law can the government make that requires you to give quarter to soldiers?  That’s whether we are at peace or war.  Well, generally, even though they can make you and me give quarters, they won’t.  Not because they’re so nice, but because of logistics.  However, you never know what the future holds.  In the event of civil war, you can bet your bottom dollar they would start putting troops into civilians homes.  Unfortunately, that would be soldiers from both sides.  At that point it would depend on who you support, as to who you let stay in your home without offense.

What to do from your side…

Vote.  As I always say, speak up and protest.  Keep in mind, the Third Amendment is not being violated, to my knowledge, at this time.  I have heard of no cases in which it is.  I doubt that this one will be violated any time soon.  Luckily, that’s just one less thing to worry about right now.

III% Forever

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