October 08, 2009

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."

This amendment is a pretty straight-forward one. It protects the American people from having to house soldiers against their will. This amendment may seem a bit silly right now-- but back when it was written it lifted a huge weight off of the citizens. Imagine having a pack of soldiers show up on your door step and you would have no choice but the let them live in your house and eat your food. What an incredible burden that would be on families! While some families would be more than happy to take in soldiers if they had nowhere else to sleep, some families just cannot to do that. This amendment protects those people.

These two videos show the same idea. Without this amendment soldiers could basically show up on any doorstep and demand to be housed!