Friday, October 8, 2010

Amendment 3: Quartering 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."

This amendment prohibits individuals from being forced to take in soldiers.  If for some reason, soldiers do need places to stay, new laws would have to be enacted or it would be done on a voluntary basis.

"Third Amendment Rights Group Celebrates Another Successful Year"

This news article by the Onion News provides a humorous insight on the third amendment.  It talks about coalitions created to discover if any illegal bordering of soldiers is happening around the nation.  The article also discusses how pro-quartering groups are waiting to find a loophole to force soldiers into homes.  I think this is an amendment that is not subject to much controversy, making the article funny since it exaggerates any present debate on the amendment.

This cartoon depicts how intrusive a soldier can be if a family is forced to take one in.  If families are not willing to quarter soldiers, they should not be forced to because inviting someone into one's house is a very personal and private affair.

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