This is the third essay of the “Breakdown” series. We’ll explore each right in the Bill of Rights. And where they stand today. Comments appreciated, now lets begin.
“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.”
During peacetime no soldiers can take over your house and use them for barracks, or in a time of war. But theirs a loophole.
“…but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
Who makes law? Congress, or even an Executive Order from the President. So far in my look into the past, this so far hasn’t been eroded. That’s rare these days.
The Third Amendment came from when British soldiers used to force themselves into the colonial’s homes. The States were worried about it happening with the newly birthed nation, so the Third was written.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Fourth Amendment. And boy that one is being trampled, want to see how? Stay tuned for it next week.
© Vance Gatlin 2010