Let’s take a lesson from the Third Amendment and our history.
The Constitution forbids the government from forcing us to house soldiers without our consent. Here is the text of the Third Amendment: “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.”
The Slippery Slope and Third Amendment Application
Follow this slippery slope: The British required the colonists to provide housing for their soldiers by building barracks. Then troops were quartered in what today we consider businesses-hotels, farm buildings, and liquor stores. If these weren’t adequate, then empty buildings were ordered to be used. Homes were also used, as history records the rapes of some wives and daughters by forced housing of foreign troops.
In due time, this slippery slope led to the Third Amendment in 1791. Our Founding Fathers guaranteed that the government could not force us or our businesses to house soldiers.
At present, New York City’s mayor is asking residents to house migrants in their private residences and is willing to compensate them. This set off alarm bells in my head. Additionally, Reuters reports that some New York counties are being sued for not taking in migrants.
Could This Happen To You?
Given the current state of affairs, where the Constitution is stretched beyond its standard meaning of limited government authority, could American citizens be asked to house the migrant overflow? And, how long before “ask to house” becomes “required?”
The first thing to remember is that the Constitution limits the government. We do not live in a dictatorship. Your phone call or email to your representative has more value than you are led to believe. Your concerns, when spoken respectfully, are noted.
Our Founding Fathers valued private property. Your home is your castle. Defend it by staying current, communicating, and voting responsibly.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸
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