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The forgotten amendment

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From page A5 | February 20, 2013 | 7 Comments

EDITOR:

Wah, wah, wah. First Amendment this … Second Amendment that … Fourth, Fifth Amendment the other. But how many of you give even the slightest thought to our coolest-of-all amendments — the Third Amendment? None, I’ll wager. ‘Third Amendment, you say. Which one is that?”

And yet, our forefathers fought and died just as much for the Third Amendment as they did all those other amendments.

If not for the great Third Amendment, we might all have soldiers quartering in homes. Quartering. Without our consent. In our homes.

Sure, it might nice to have a soldier or two quartering in my home. “Hey, go bring in some firewood.” “You know, those leaves on the roof and in the gutters are getting pretty thick. How about getting up there and cleaning them off, soldier boy?”

And I’m sure some of you lonely ladies wouldn’t mind having some quartered soldiers. “My goodness Blake, you look awfully uncomfortable in that camouflage gear.”

I know I’d feel much safer and more secure if the Nazis, the Zhiltoids from Beta 6 nebula or hungry zombies were hanging around, and I had a few quartered and armed soldiers in my residence.

But the point is, the Third Amendment makes the mandatory quartering of soldiers in my home something those government big shots and Wall Street fat cats cannot force on me.

So please join me — Greg Homer — in support of the Third Amendment. And never forget.

GREG HOMER
Placerville

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  • 1036-FrankFebruary 19, 2013 - 8:23 am

    The new King known as the Bummer has a very smart liberal idea to rival the late tyrant King of England. He will foster an army of quartered or of stationary subjects who do not need to work but only to await the Govt. check and live under the Govt. housing. This army is ever ready to march upon incident and power outages that fit their purposes to pillage and riot, this being why the Amendments previous written so long ago are relevant and important.

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  • cookie65February 20, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    1036, there is no such thing as a "very smart liberal idea". Their definition of progress is replacing self-determination with centralized planning. Our inner cities are a testament to the best liberal ideas. The only people who remain in the inner cities are the ones trapped by liberalism.

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  • Dink LaneFebruary 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Where do you come up with this stuff? I just read how Senator Rand Paul was duped with the "Gun-running to Turkey" story... and then Senator Ted Cruz was duped with the PHONEY attack against Chuck Hagel and the "Friend with Hamas" story..... Now they look STUPID.... Ask Gov. Jindal..... I FAIL to understand where Frank got this spin about Pres. Obama...... Don't you people have any self-respect in what you say? ..... "1036-Frank," doesn't seem to want to stand up to his inflammatory attacks, unless 1036 is his real name...... Enough people, enough...

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 20, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Dink, is "Dink" your real name? I'll bet 1036 is indeed his. I once knew someone named 34ABMC. No kidding. Saw the BC.

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  • James E.February 20, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    34ABMC decoded: A 34A sized bra made by the Bra Manufacturing Company.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 20, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    That's a great guess James. LOL! Anyone else want to try?

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  • billzzFebruary 21, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    I grew up in Boston, the site of British troops commandeering houses for their troops, and there is a long story about how they managed to dislocate families who were not loyal to the Crown, whilst leaving alone the Tories. The addition to the US Constitution became somewhat obviated when the US had its own standing army, and the men returned home, presumably not allowed in their own house. So it's one of those things which has outlived it's time. On the other hand, if the government wants, it can just give the mission to the Department of Homeland Security. Hey, they're not soldiers. And I have been to the airport and can assure you they are no soldiers.

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