The Watering Hole – Saturday, 10-23-2010: 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.

Tacit in this is the acknowledgment that the government has the power to station soldiers in our homes. Why does this matter? Well, Teabaggers, including candidates for public office, have stated that if they don’t get their way at the ballot box, they will exercise their Second Amendment rights: ie. armed revolution; a time of war.

This, in turn, would allow the Commander-in-Chief, by exercising the power granted to that office during the Bush Administration, the ability to issue executive orders asserting federal command over State’s Militias, and yes, the Commander-in-Chief could order soldiers posted in private homes, starting with the homes of folks taking up arms against the government.

Now, get this, since we’re in a “war on terror” we are no longer “at peace.” The President has the authority to order military force against anyone taking, or threatening, violence against the United States (the same authority that allowed Bush to invade Iraq). We could have soldiers quartering in our houses, now, and until the “War on Terror” is over.

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to add your thoughts on this, or any other topic that comes to mind.