Are my Third Amendment rights being violated?
Are my Third Amendment rights being violated?
Third Amendment? That one will make almost everyone but constitutional scholars scratch their heads.
If you ask most Americans to list the rights in the Bill of Rights, you get a fairly short list. Most can tell you the first amendment gives you either freedom of speech or freedom of religion. The second gives you the right to keep and bear arms. The Fifth Amendment gives you the right against self-incrimination. That’s about the extent of it.
What is the Third Amendment and why do we care?
You should care, because the Bill of Rights is now under attack like it has never been and it maybe getting worse. WorldNet daily is a website that I read daily. It is a good source of information, if they are not occasionally sensationalistic. But sometimes, they are the only news source hitting a particular story. And that’s what they are doing right now.
WND has run several stories about the fact that we are two states away from a Constitutional Convention. Article V of the Constitution states that:
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress;
This is truly alarming. For almost 230 years, we have had the best government the world has ever known. Yet a Constitutional Convention could wreck all of that. Remember, when a Constitutional Convention is called, there are no limits on what the Convention can do. In 1787, the Constitutional Convention was called to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, the convention tossed the Articles and replaced it with the Constitution we know today.
I shudder to think of what a Constitutional Convention would do today. It could fundamentally restructure our entire government. It would be hard to speculate about all of the changes a Constitutional Convention could make to our government, we can make some educated guesses about the changes that could be made to the Bill of Rights, particularly if the hard left that controls the Democratic Party were able to control the Convention.
Barack Obama and his friends have a problem with the Constitution. They say it has nothing but “negative rights” and they want “positive rights” in the Constitution. Currently, the Constitution says that the government cannot stop me from speaking my mind, or publishing my opinions. The government cannot stop me from complaining about the government. The government cannot tell me what church or religion I may or may not belong to. The Constitution says the government cannot take my guns away from me. The Constitution says the government may not come barging into my house on a whim, looking for anything or nothing at all. The Constitution says the government cannot have me arrested, except on a signed warrant, specifically alleging probable cause. The Constitution says that the government cannot force me to incriminate myself, nor can it take my property or life without due process of law. The Constitution says the government cannot deny me the right to a lawyer. Nor can it inflict upon me cruel and unusual punishments nor can it keep trying me for the same crime over and over again until it gets a verdict that it likes.
I don’t know about anyone else, but those all sound pretty positive to me!
Obama and the left would have our new Constitution have “positive rights”. Presumably these would include guaranteed health care, right to housing and the right to wealth redistribution. And it would probably include the freedom FROM religion.
If you want to get an example of what a new Constitution would probably be like, look at college campuses or socialist Canada or Europe. Speech codes define what is allowed to be said. They also allow what may be published. The protections afforded unpopular opinion are not guaranteed.
Mr. Jefferson’s work has stood the test of time for the last 221 years. There is a modern cliché that Mr. Jefferson would probably endorse, especially when it comes to our Constitution. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!”
Oh yes. Have your Third Amendment rights been violated?
The Third Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
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.