Certainly not an Amendment most people remember is the 3rd Amendment. Why is this Amendment forgettable…basically because we don’t use it.
The 3rd Amendment protects homeowners from having to quarter soldiers in times of war. And that means that soldiers cannot burden a homeowner by moving into a person’s home–even if it advantageous to the military to do so to fight and win a war– without the homeowners permission.
Almost everyone I know does not even think about this Amendment or the right it affords us, mostly because after the Civil War we have not fought a war on our soil.
No one expects to have to fight a war here on our soil…and so this is an Amendment that is pretty much forgotten.
It is one of those things we take for granted as Americans–the things that are actually our choice to do or not do.
As our political atmosphere continues to get complicated we should really think about what consequences our actions today can have on our future.
We do not want to open ourselves up to an invasion from outside the U.S. or from within. It may be that one day we may have to invoke the 3rd Amendment.
When we were in the midsts of the American Revolution and Great Britain was forcing citizens to quarter British soldiers the delegates at the Constitutional Convention felt this was important.
It is a basic premise of our country–the Freedom to do as we choose–without any coercion from the government.
Or are we being coerced now by the political climate we are in? How many people are being les by the talking heads on television about what to believe is true, what to think and how to vote?
Have we, by choice, allowed the soldiers of the enemy into our homes and allowed them to cloud our judgment with their rhetoric?
The choice is ours–right now–to not allow the government to come into our homes uninvited and to fight a war that would allow a tyranny to replace the government established by the founders.
The right belongs to us-the people.