The 3rd Amendment – Constitution Bootcamp: Bill of Rights Series
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The 3rd Amendment – Constitution Bootcamp: Bill of Rights Series


And now for the Third Amendment… it reads… “No soldier shall, in the 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.” You may be wondering what caused the insertion
of the Third Amendment, of this amendment, into the Bill of Rights? Well, the short answer is… ironically…
a tea party! The Boston Tea Party. December 1773, about a hundred patriots disguised
as Indians threw 342 chests of English tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation without
representation. Well, needless to say, the Brits were more than a bit
angry. In retribution they wanted to punish the colony
of Massachusetts by passing the Coercive Acts. We call them the Intolerable Acts. Among other things it required Colonists at
their own expense to house and feed British soldiers. Well, needless to say, this angered the patriotic
colonists to such an extent that the Acts the complaint about it, made its way into
the Declaration of Independence as one of King George’s tyrannical measures that justified
the Declaration of Independence. And years later it was put into the 3rd Amendment
so that no civilians ever again had to house and feed soldiers. So that’s how it got there. This is pretty much the history of the 3rd
Amendment… and all that happened a long time ago, but you may think, and probably do think,
it doesn’t have much currency today, but I’ll leave you with a thought from ConstitutionCenter.org… “It is the only part of the Constitution that
deals directly with the relationship between the rights of individuals and the military
in both peace and war.” Rights that emphasize the importance of civilian
control over the armed forces. I’m done. God bless you all, God bless the Tea Party,
God bless America, and God bless Donald Trump during both of his administrations!

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