Most Americans don't worry about having to feed and house government soldiers, so it doesn't seem that the Third Amendment is significant to present-day society. Some observers say that it's obsolete and no longer needed in the Bill of Rights.
Yes, the Third Amendment doesn't have as many court challenges as the First and Second Amendments do, but that isn't the test of relevancy. The amendment defines wider American values.
And the History Dr explains why this amendment does remain a crucial part of the Bill of Rights.
Key principles at stake
Quartering of troops is no longer an issue for Americans, but the privacy of their homes from government intrusion certainly is. Your home is your most important physical possession. The Third Amendment establishes the larger principle that civilian authority supersedes military authority. There are places the government may not go. And that remains relevant to all Americans.
How 9-11 changed the police
The post 9-11 world has blurred the line between police and the military. Police officers now resemble the 2014 movie character RoboCop. And mass shootings at malls, schools, churches and concerts have meant that local police must be ready at all times. Add natural disasters and hurricanes such as Katrina and Harvey, and we must ponder: During a natural disaster or other crisis, could the president and FEMA declare martial law?
Can Americans reconcile their need for security in a dangerous world with a vigilance for the protections of the Bill of Rights?
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