“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.” — 3rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
California prankster and liberty activist Mark Dice has once again illustrated the average American’s abysmal lack of knowledge about the U.S. Constitution and the historical reasons for its Articles and Amendments in a YouTube video wherein he gets several people to sign a petition to allow for the military to commandeer citizens’ homes.
“We want to repeal the 3rd Amendment to keep the housing prices down for the military folks… just support Obama and support the troops,” Dice said in an effort to get one pedestrian to sign the petition.
“You know, repealing the 3rd Amendment will provide a lot more options for where the military can stay,” Dice continued as the man eagerly signed.
Another Constitutionally oblivious man signed the petition as Dice made the goal of repealing the 3rd Amendment crystal clear, “These military folks are clean and orderly people, so they won’t dirty up your house too much whilst we eliminate the 3rd Amendment and you can quarter them in your house if they just want to come in.”
“By repealing the 3rd Amendment, we could increase their housing options. Maybe they could do some house sitting and things in a house that they choose; just kind of getting rid of that old Amendment that was written back in the 1700s.” Dice told another young couple who also signed the petition. “We’re just trying to modernize the Bill Of Rights.”
Two other young women signed Dices petition with a chorus of “oh yeah, definitely” and “I agree,” after Dice’s appeal: “They should be able to come into your house and they can quarter there forever if they want to.”
King George III routinely required that American colonists quarter British soldiers in the private homes during colonial times based on the passage of three laws by the British Parliament.
Parliament ordered that British soldiers be housed in barracks, public houses, private commercial property and uninhabited homes with a 1765 law. That law was followed by the more oppressive Quartering Act of 1774, which further required colonists to house troops in private homes.
Early Americans so detested having British soldiers taking over the homes they had worked so hard to build and maintain that “…quartering large bodies of armed troops among us…” was included among the 27 grievances against King George in the Declaration of Independence.